Everglades Internship Schedule

Week 1: Orientation and Basics of Wetland Ecology

Learn more about renowned scientist and activist Arthur R. Marshall, the Marshall Foundation and the ecological principles at work in the Everglades through a true immersion experience.

 

Week 2: Fundamentals of Everglades Restoration

Learn how man has impacted the natural Everglades environment and how stakeholders are collaborating to restore the ecosystem.

 

Week 3: Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

An intimate 360 degree view delivered by Refuge leadership reveals the progress of ongoing research and the complexities of managing a national wildlife refuge and water conservation area. The experience includes a canoe trail trip on the site and tour of the nearby Loxahatchee Impoundment Land Assessment (LILA) research area.

 

Week 4: Citizen Involvement & Everglades Politics

Meet with political leaders who champion Everglades restoration and protection. Plan and implement a community awareness project from start to finish.

 

Week 5: Federal, State & Regional Agencies

Through close interaction with key agency leaders from the South Florida Water Management District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection learn the challenges of balancing a growing Florida population with the urgent need for conservation, restoration, water quality, and flood control.

 

Week 6: Watershed Week-Part I - Northern Everglades

Explore the headwaters of the Everglades, observing the Kissimmee River restoration, Archbold Biological Station and Florida's cattle history and economics to understand how resolving the issues in the northern portion of the watershed will begin to restore health to the remnant Everglades.

 

Week 7: Watershed Week-Part II - Lake Okeechobee & Southern Everglades

 Mentors will highlight current research and regional restoration issues, as interns discover the vast, diverse beauty of this unique ecosystem through field experiences at Lake Okeechobee and Everglades National Park.

 

Week 8: Everglades & Agriculture

Explore the challenging balance between agricultural and restoration interests and the complex history of this dynamic in the Everglades.

 

Week 9: Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, Florida, and The Everglades

 Learn more about the impact of sea level rise in south Florida, network with professionals and present the results of the intern research project during a break-out session.

 

Week 10: Final Presentation & Graduation

Present a major research project to regional community leaders, program mentors, donors, family and friends. Enjoy a celebratory graduation ceremony.