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Introduction to the Everglades Experience

Naturalist guided introduction to Everglades National Park

Quick Details

  • Multi-stop Naturalist guided activity
  • 10 people maximum
  • The program starts at 10:30 am and 2:00 PM at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.
  • The morning program finishes at 1:00 PM at your last stop in the park, Institute van will arrive back at Ernest Coe Visitor Center at about 1:15 PM.
  • The afternoon program finishes at 4:30 PM at your last stop in the park, Institute van will arrive back at Ernest Coe Visitor Center at about 4:45 PM.
  • Ride in the Institute’s 8-passenger van or travel in your own vehicle while communicating with your Naturalist via radios in between stops.
  • Ages 5+ welcome (must be 12+ to ride in Institute van).
  • Cost $50/person (Park Entrance Fee is not included if you choose to travel in your own vehicle).
Participant Ages 5+ Drive in personal vehicle following the Institute van. Does not include Park Entrance Fee.
Passenger Ages 12+ Ride in an 8 passenger van with the Naturalist. Park Entrance Fee is included.

Introduction to the Everglades

Want to discover the fascinating history and ecosystem of the Florida Everglades? Join an Institute Naturalist for an introductory program of the Everglades National Park.

You will make 2 stops along our route at key park locations in the Pine Island Area at Pa-hay-okee Overlook and Royal Palm.

This program will make stops along our route at Pa-hay-okee Overlook and Royal Palm. At each stop, enjoy leisurely walks and talks guided by an experienced Institute Naturalist. This engaging trip will give you insights on how and why Everglades National Park was formed, how human actions have affected the park in the past and present and the different ecosystems that make up our Park. Over 2.5 hours, you will spot wildlife, learn the history of the area, and discover how the Everglades ecosystem works.

Choose to be a passenger and ride in the Insitute’s 8-passenger van or participate by driving in your own vehicle.

a bus parked on the side of a road


  • This trip begins at Everglades National Park Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center located at 40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034. Type ‘Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center’ into your GPS to be brought to this location. It is the first visitor center at the Homestead entrance and is located before the entrance gates.
  • Upon arrival, please check-in with your Institute Naturalist by the flagpole outside of the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.
  • The trip will end at Royal Palm, if you travel in your own vehicle, you can continue exploring other areas in the park