Thursday, April 25, 2013

Take a Break and Experience Something New

Tour of the Nike Missile Barn
Everglades National Park invites you to enjoy, explore, learn, and give back during the last weekend of National Park Week. April 20-28, 2013.

Everglades National Park will mark the annual celebration with special events on Saturday, April 27, and on Sunday, April 28.  From restoration work at the historic Nike Missile Site on Saturday to exotic plant removal and trail trimming at Chekika on Sunday, park volunteers can make an impact.
Removing weeds from the Nike Site

To commemorate Volunteers-in-Parks Day on Saturday, April 27, work will be done at the Nike Missile Site, one of the Nation’s best preserved sites from the Cold War Era, which was built in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Due to the rapid growth of vegetation, regular maintenance is required to prevent damage to the infrastructure. Volunteers will remove brush and weeds from the fence line, launch site, and berms surrounding the missile barns. Attending volunteers will also enjoy taking part in a guided tour of the Nike Missile Site.
To close out National Park Week 2013 and celebrate Arbor Day, the Chekika District will host an event for the third year in a row on Sunday, April 28.  In the Everglades, common house plants and ornamental landscaping shrubs become invasive weeds. To protect our native habitat from exotic species of plants, volunteers will pull up by hand Syngonium and use loppers to cut back Brazilian Pepper.

Disposing of exotic plants

Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and make a difference. National Park Week’s Volunteer Day and Arbor Day is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park.

Future Events

May 3 – Retrieve Marsh Rabbit Traps, Flamingo, RSVP required
May 18 – Armed Forces Day, Work at the Nike Missile Site
May 19 – International Day for Biological Diversity, Work at Shark Valley
June 1 – National Trails Day, Work on main park road Trails

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