Everglades National Park

By: Payton Rhinehart

The Everglades National Park is a tropical wonder full of awesome animals and plants. One of those amazing animals are manatees. Also, an awesome plant is the mangrove tree.

Everglades' History

Have you ever been to Florida? It's likely you have. Maybe you've been to Disney World, Sea World, or Busch Gardens. But have you ever been to the Everglades? I’m just stonewalling you from getting to the paragraph so here are some awesome facts and info about The Everglades National Park.


The Everglades were established on December 6th, 1947. They established it when they came to realize that’s the everglades were in danger of extinction. Some of the people who helped establish it are Ernest F. Coe and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. They're a big part of The Everglades' Birthday Celebration every year.

Animals

Many types of animals live in the Everglades. In fact, it's the only place in the USA where crocodiles and alligators live side by side. Here are some other animals: Turtles, snakes, birds, raccoon, skunks, opossums, bobcats, red foxes, white tailed deer, The Florida panther, and manatees. Unfortunately, many turtles, birds, snakes, plants, the American Alligator, Crocodile, manatees and The Florida Panther are all endangered species. Over time, animals could die because of humans polluting the air and land.

Trees and Plants

There are many trees that live in the Everglades. Those include cypress, mangrove, pine and hardwood trees. Mangrove trees have roots that stick up out of the ground, so it would be very hard to walk through a mangrove forest. Besides trees, many other beautiful plants live in the Everglades. For example, Bromeliads, cacti, succulents, grasses, lichens, algae, marine plants, orchids, etc. Many of those plants, like cacti, are endangered.

Climate and Resouces

The climate in the Everglades is very humid in the summer and spring with hot temperatures. Winter is warm with mild temperatures and fall is rainy and humid. There are few but valuable resources that you can get from the Everglades. Those include water and fun! The picture on the left shows a microburst just off of a grass field in the Everglades.

Why there are So Many Trees in The Everglades

Long ago, when the world was young, the goddess of plants was growing her flowers. When she didn't notice, her bag of seeds spilled all over one area in the southern United States. They grew very tall, but the roots stretched out all the way into the rabbits' home. The father rabbits said," These roots are ruining our house! Let's push them out of the ground and out of our house!" The rabbit family pushed all of the roots out of the ground and other animal families did too. Yet some of the trees and plants were untouched. That is why mangrove and cypress trees' roots stick up out of the ground and why there are so many plants in The Everglades.

Contact info

The Everglades Headquarters doesn't share e-mail with outsiders and isn't on any social media site.

If you ever think about going to the Everglades, always know that you’ll make memories [good ones of course] and have a blast!