2017-02-16 / Top News

Museum of the Everglades hosts 13th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

DOUGLAS DOUGLAS The 13th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival celebrating the life and work of the author, journalist and environmental activist takes place Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 21-25, at the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City.

Ms. Douglas (1890-1998) was best known for her book titled “Everglades: River of Grass.” Published in 1947, it drew attention to water as the key to the Everglades and presented the concept of the Everglades being a vital part of south Florida’s ecosystem, not simply a swamp to be drained for homes and businesses.

The festival is filled with assorted educational and adventurous happenings related to the history, preservation and appreciation of the Everglades.

A buffet luncheon kicks things off at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Everglades Isle. Luncheon guest speaker Connie Washburn, president of Friends of the Everglades, will share her memories of Ms. Douglas. Cost is $25.

Outdoor activities throughout the festival include kayaking the Fakahatchee, canoeing Sandfly Island and touring the Fakahatchee Strand via a tram. Educational programs include author Nick Penniman with “America’s Everglades: The Path Forward,” ranger Jacob Ford of Big Cypress National Preserve with “Swamp Survival,” activist/photographer JohnBob Carlos with “The Sabal Palm Pipeline and Big Cypress Oil” and Jack Thomas with “Facts and Myths about Fracking.”

Reservations are required for the luncheon as well as for some activities that have limited space. For more information, call 695-0008.

In historic Everglades City, three miles south of U.S. 41 and SR 29, the Museum of the Everglades explores more than 2,000 years of human history in the area and tells the story of adventurers stubborn enough to settle southwest Florida’s lush “River of Grass.”

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information about the museum, call 695-0008. ¦

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