Learn About Science and Research in the Everglades

scienceThe Everglades is a scientist’s dream. There is so much to explore, research, track, and investigate in the River of Grass. Research is occurring in the Everglades year-round. From climate change to animals, researchers are learning more about this special Park.

What type of research is occurring in the Park? The South Florida Natural Resources Center (SFNRC) conducts science, which informs the management of the south Florida national park units. Such programs include: wildlife, hydrology, water quality, restoration, invasive plants, and animals. This organization gives out research permits to those who are interested in conducting research from universities, and non-governmental organizations and agencies. The Park gives out permits to support and encourage natural and social science studies with the hope that these studies will help with our understanding of the park’s resources, and how its usage affects/impacts the ecosystem.

Some programs include: Ride and Slough Ecology Program, Ecological Modeling Program, Hydrologic Modeling Program, Wildlife Monitoring Program, Aquatics Program, Invasive Plant Program, Invasive Animal Program, Marine and Estuarine Resources Management, Modified Water Deliveries Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Project, and the Tamiami Trail Next Steps Project.

The Critical Ecosystem Studies Initiative (CESI) funds research projects that are focused on ecosystem restoration in the Everglades and South Florida. This initiative has been in place for the last 15 years, and has helped created a better understanding of the research. With these projects, researchers have learned what should be monitored, the status of certain species in ecosystems, trends in the ecosystem, and how to streamline assessment of restoration efforts.

To learn more about everglades research, click here. If you’ve never been to the Everglades, a great way to experience it is through an airboat tour. You’ll be able to see the dynamic ecosystem up-close-and-personal. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours has been giving tours to people in this wetland for more than 30 years. To book a tour. Click our Everglades airboat tour page  or call 800-368-0065.