December 6: Everglades National Park Established

On this day in 1947 the Everglades national Park was established. Often referred to as a “River of Grass,” the Florida Everglades is actually a complex system of ecosystems including not only sawgrass marshes, but also cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, pine rock land, mangrove forests, and the marine environment of Florida Bay. We’ve created a collection of beautiful photographs, maps, and other resources for teaching about the amazing Everglades.

The Everglades National Park Banner

Use this banner on social media to share our collection of Everglades National Park resources.

Everglades National Park Photos

Over a thousand photos of Everglades National Park from the ClipPix ETC website.

Everglades Reading Passage

“The Florida Everglades” is a two-page PDF written at the upper elementary glade level from the Exploring Florida website’s “Then and Now” collection.

Maps of the Everglades

This search of the Maps ETC website will return scores of historic maps of South Florida and the Everglades.

The Florida Everglades in Song

We selected ten songs about the Everglades from the Florida Memory Program for this album posted to the Florida Department of Education’s iTunes U site.

Canoemates Audiobook

Canoemates: A Story of the Florida Reef and Everglades is a story about young boys who cruise through the Florida Everglades in search of adventure in the late 1800s. Audio and PDFs of each chapter available from
Lit2Go and on iTunes U. Duration: XXXXX minutes, XXXX seconds.

Alligator Hunting with Seminoles, 1892

This magazine article by Kirk Munroe describes his experience hunting alligators in the Everglades with two Seminoles. Both the audio and a PDF are available from the Lit2Go website. Duration: 9 minutes 29 seconds, Reading level: 10.5, Word count: 1,661

NPS on iTunes U

FCIT created this iTunes U site for the National Park Service to bring together their digital content in one, convenient location. The Everglades contributor page includes three podcast series about the park.