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a environmental ethics institute m dcc college training development green studies immersion

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

Everglades National Park

Florida City entrance

everglades national park
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

photographs©CPMigliaccio 2002

an all day field experience
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

photographs©CPMigliaccio 2002

simple driving directions
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
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
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
First stop: Anhinga Trail

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anhinga trail
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
Pa-hay-okee Overlook...

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pah hay okee
  • “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
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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  • 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

photographs©CPMigliaccio 2002

look for eagles ospreys
Look for eagles & ospreys

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eco pond
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
the mangrove swamp
The Mangrove Swamp

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west lake
West Lake
  • Elevated boardwalk through a saltwater swamp forest
  • Critical to Everglades ecosystem
    • Economic values
    • Ecological values
    • Aesthetic values

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academic exchanges conversations of discovery
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
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

photographs©CPMigliaccio 2002