The Everglades

The Everglades is a unique wetland ecosystem home to a myriad of endemic species that thrive in a place where the movement of freshwater across the land is the key to life. Take a deeper look into the history, ecology, and land use of the Everglades, the first national park dedicated to preserving an ecosystem and a vital source of freshwater for millions of Floridians. Discover more about the largest attempt by humanity to heal a dying ecosystem and what you can do to help restore the Everglades.

Appropriate grade range: 6-12

Learning Goals

  • Discover the historical acts, both human and natural, that shaped the modern-day Everglades.
  • Review the timeline of human interactions within the Everglades from early to modern day humans.
  • Analyze the elevational changes of the Everglades and the effects of the changes on the ecosystem and surrounding areas including the effects of freshwater flooding and fires.
  • Explore the diverse native flora and fauna as well as the nonnative species and the effects of their introduction by humans into the Everglades.
  • Consider the restorative measures and costs implemented towards the Everglades and discern the three main reasons why restoring the Everglades will be challenging.
  • Determine ways that citizens can help restore and protect the Everglades.


  1. The Everglades
  2. An Important Ecosystem
  3. History of the Everglades
  4. Anthropogenic Impacts
  5. Invasive Species
  6. Threatened and Endangered
  7. Parks and Restoration

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS