Free Entrance to Everglades National Park for “Vintage Day” this Saturday

HOMESTEAD, Florida- The 4th annual Vintage Day celebration will be held in Everglades National Park this Saturday March 1, from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to interact with the characters that helped create Everglades National Park—one of the most biologically and culturally diverse parks in the world.

The theme for the day is, “Leaving a Legacy on the Land,” and costumed interpreters will represent Gladesmen, plume hunters, early park wardens, botanists, gator hunters, conservationists, and political activists.  There will also be special tours, debates, and presentations by local authors and historians.  Visitors will also be inspired to consider what their legacy might be.  There will also be guided walks led by costumed interpreters of the old Royal Palm State Park, through a hammock, as well as a tour of the Nike Missile Base.

Park admission at the Homestead entrance will be waived for the day and all activities are free of charge for the whole family.  (Fees will not be waived at the Shark Valley entrance station.)

Barbara Hedges portraying Marjorie Stoneman Douglas at Vintage Day
Barbara Hedges portraying Marjorie Stoneman Douglas at Vintage Day

Directions:
Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.  For extra fun, park guests can also leave their cars at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and ride a trolley to Royal Palm.

WHAT:         Free Entrance to Everglades National Park for 4th Annual “Vintage Day” (Homestead entrance only) (http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/everglades-vintage-day.htm).

WHEN:        Saturday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Everglades National Park, main Homestead entrance, Royal Palm area

Vintage Day 2014 Event Schedule

Time Event Meet at Presenter
10:00 History and Stories of Flamingo Royal PalmBenches Shauna Cottrell
10:15 Guided Walk: Join a botanical artist as she uncovers the unique plant life of a hardwood hammock. Gumbo Limbo Trail at Royal Palm Kathleen Konicek-Moran
10:30 Guided Walk: Explore the renowned Anhinga Trail where alligators and wading birds are easily spotted. Royal Palm Benches Ellen Siegel
11:00 The Ambiguous Legacy of Audubon Royal Palm Benches Dr. Peter Machonis
11:30 Guided Walk: Explore Paradise Key and discover the last remaining structure of Royal Palm State Park. Royal Palm Kevin Bowles-Mohr
Noon The Legacy of Draining the Everglades: A Governor and an Editor Face Off Royal Palm Benches Alan Scott and Jim Allen
12:30 Guided Walk: Join a botanical artist as she uncovers the unique plant life of a hardwood hammock. Gumbo Limbo Trail at Royal Palm Kathleen Konicek-Moran
1:00 What’s in a Name?: Intriguing Place Names of the Everglades. Royal Palm Benches Larry Perez
1:30 Miles over Muck: The Building of the Tamiami Trail. Royal Palm Benches Cesar Becerra
2:00 Guided Walk: Explore Paradise Key and discover the last remaining structure of Royal Palm State Park. Royal Palm Sasha Waters
2:00 Guided Walk: Step into the Cold War for a tour of Nike Missile Site A/2/52. Daniel Beard Center Leon Howell

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Lupe Tucker

A homeschooling mother of 5, home education advocate, and former classroom teacher. She is a writer, blogger, and poet. "I just want to encourage, and be encouraged. Inspire, and be inspired. Teach a little, and learn a lot," is her approach to life.

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