Everglades National Park

Contributor: Tara Ondra. Lesson ID: 13161

Do you like biology and learning about animals and their habitats? At Everglades National Park, explore the wetlands that alligators, panthers, manatees, and many different birds call home.


Life Science, People and Their Environment

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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sunset in the Everglades

"The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass."

~ Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Journalist and Conservationist

Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, with over 1.5 million acres of wetlands. The park is just part of the larger Everglades ecosystem.

Location and History

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The Everglades National Park is located in South Florida and is essentially a large, slow-moving river flowing from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay. It was established in 1947 to protect Everglades' natural landscape and unique ecosystem.


Within the Greater Everglades ecosystem are eight distinct habitats or physical places where animals and plants can be found.

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Because the area is low-lying, each of these habitats is interconnected, making the whole ecosystem unique, sensitive, and fragile.

Explore these Distinctive Habitats online to learn more about each.

One fascinating habitat is the Mangrove Forests. Watch the video below to learn how these fascinating trees with gnarly root systems grow.

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Creatures big and small, cute and creepy, with scales and feathers, can be found throughout the Everglades. There are over 40 species of mammals and 360 species of birds.

Some of the most famous animals include the following.

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Take a closer look at several of these animals and discover a few more in the video below. Make a note of your favorites to study further in the Go! section.

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Conservation and Preservation

Water is a key resource in the Everglades ecosystem. This water is shared with the people living in southern Florida.

Urbanization and agricultural development nearby and containment efforts can affect the quantity and quality of water flowing to the Everglades. Ultimately, this water directly impacts the vitality of the plants and animals living there.

Because of its fragility, conservationists like Guy Bradley and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas have promoted the protection of the park and ecosystem.

As you can see, the Everglades is a fascinating park and ecosystem filled with incredible plants and animals. When you're ready to test your knowledge, proceed to the Got It? section

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