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Spring Break: Florida Everglades
Everglades Outpost & National Parks
Alternative Spring Break 2014
March 22nd-29th, 2014
Florida City, FL
Throughout this Alternative Break opportunity we will be immersed in the conservation and preservation practices of Florida's State Parks system. Our experiences, education, and reflection will teach us the value of state parks, and a considerable amount about environmental stewardship and human impact.
In 1916, the National Park Service was created to maintain and protect special places for the continued benefit, inspiration, and enjoyment of all Americans. For generations, people have celebrated the striking natural beauty and rich historical treasures of our National Lands.
Over 84 million acres of land fall under the protection of the National Park Service in 401 National Parks, and our Alternative Spring Break trip to Florida will provide students with a unique opportunity to work within 2 of our great national parks: Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. Established in 1947 to conserve the natural landscape and prevent further degradation of its land, plants, and animals, Everglades National Park protects the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is also a World Heritage Site. Established in that same year, Biscayne National Park protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs, and is in fact known to be one of the best areas for scuba-diving and snorkeling in the United States. Volunteers work in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve and restore this unique ecosystem, and to educate visitors on environmental stewardship and human impact.