How do you create a lifelong passion for the Everglades in others, young people who will be advocates for years to come?
Reading about it in class isn’t enough. Checking out some photos online doesn’t do it justice. You have the best chance to get children excited about it by giving them the full Everglades experience in person.
We want to design a program that will let them:
See the landscape first hand
Watch the breathtaking sunset
Experience the smells and the feel of the air on a hot summer night
Have vivid memories of the boat ride through Alligator Alley
Know first-hand what sawgrass looks and feels like and why it’s important to the wetlands
See the amazing wildlife up close and in person
These experiences will make an lifelong impression. They ingrain a love and respect for nature that cannot be accomplished second-hand. These kids will the be advocates of the future.
The second part of the mission is to build a museum and educational center that will house 10,000 years of history from the Florida Everglades. The museum will offer educational programs to inform the public on what it takes to accomplish the largest restoration project in history.
With millions of people affected by the Everglades-produced drinking water and countless more people, animals, and plants impacted by the health of the Everglades, it is up to all of us to take steps to educate and invigorate the community.