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A Environmental Ethics Institute / M-DCC College Training & DevelopmentGreen Studies Immersion

Everglades National Park

Florida City entrance

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Everglades National Park

  • An all-day field experience in ecology, conservation, education and observation

  • Facilitated by Prof. Chris Migliaccio, Department of Natural Sciences / Wolfson

    • Experienced Florida naturalist / environmentalist, outdoor educator, curriculum developer, photographer & ‘Swamp Tromper”

  • 8 hours of Maintenance in Rank credit available after completing paper describing how experiences and new knowledge will be utilized with the students you serve

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An all-day field experience

  • for M-DCC faculty, staff & administrators

  • meets at Everglades National Park Visitor Center (Florida City entrance)

    • Drive time from Campus approx. 1hr 20min

      • 10 miles west of Florida City

      • Follow the map you receive upon registration

      • Gather at 8am to form carpools

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Simple driving directions…

  • Take US 1 South (or Florida Turnpike to end in Florida City)

  • Turn right (west) on SW 344 Street (Palm Drive) through Florida City

    • Observe speed limits!

  • Continue approx. 10 miles to Park

    • Follow brown / white Everglades National Park signs at each intersection

  • Once inside Park, turn right into Visitor Center parking lot

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What to wear & bring…

  • Dress in weather-appropriate layers

    • Hat, sunglasses & sunscreen important

  • Closed toe shoes (no sandals)

  • Long pants (no shorts)

  • Picnic lunch, drinks & snacks

    • Keep a water bottle with you

  • Camera, binoculars, notepad

    • Backpack is useful

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Drive carefully at all times!

  • Observe the posted speed limits

  • Watch for wildlife along the road

  • Always know where our next stop will be!

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First stop: Anhinga Trail

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Anhinga Trail

  • Dry season refuge for wildlife

    • Abundant alligators & wading birds

  • Discussion of:

    • role of water in ecosystem

    • water pollution

    • water flow management

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Pa-hay-okee Overlook...

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  • “River of Grass”

    • Title of 1947 landmark book by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, “The Mother of the Everglades”

  • Climb Observation Tower

    • Discuss historic sheet flow of water

    • Water management issues

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The Pine Rocklands

  • South Florida’s most imperiled plant community

    • <2% remains - mostly in Everglades NP

  • Prime real estate for urbanization & agriculture

  • Observe Federally-listed endangered plants & discuss conservation efforts

    • Role of fire as ecological management tool

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Walk in the critically endangered Pine Rocklands

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Picnic lunch at Flamingoon the shores of Florida Bay

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  • Picnic lunch on the Ranger Station lawn

  • Observe birds of prey looking for their lunch

    • Bald eagles (perhaps!)

    • Ospreys

  • Visit the natural history displays in the Ranger Station

  • Catch a crocodile in our binoculars

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Look for eagles & ospreys

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Eco Pond

  • A famous wildlife hotspot and photographer’s haven...

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Eco Pond

  • First hand experience of innovative wastewater management practices that also create wildlife habitat

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The Mangrove Swamp

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West Lake

  • Elevated boardwalk through a saltwater swamp forest

  • Critical to Everglades ecosystem

    • Economic values

    • Ecological values

    • Aesthetic values

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Basic ecology

Water flow

Management issues




Ethical issues

How to incorporate experiences into coursework?


Personal experience & expression




Academic exchanges & conversations of discovery

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For more information…

  • The Environmental Ethics Institute

    • Patricia Siemen, Director

    • Chris Migliaccio, facilitator

  • M-DCC College Training & Development

    • To register,contact Miryam Sarmiento

      • 305-237-2647

  • National Park Service / Everglades

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