Everglades Environmental Education Program Connects Children with Nature
Currently Everglades National Park (EVER) provides a range of curriculum-based educational opportunities that serve thousands of students in the South Florida region. These EVER programs provide students with opportunities to experience Everglades National Park firsthand, and their curriculum is linked to state and national standards. These programs are thought to be of high quality, but to date no formal evaluation has been conducted to assess the performance of these programs.
This study investigated the immediate impacts of the EVER day (Shark Valley and Royal Palm) and residential/camping (Loop Road and Hidden Lake) programs. Specifically, this study surveyed over 900 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from 33 schools before and after attending programs to gauge the influence of these education programs on a wide range of potential outcomes.