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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival
February 20 @ 9:00 am - February 24 @ 4:00 pm
The 14th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival features five days of seminars, discussions, and demonstrations celebrating the heritage, history and environmental science of the Everglades.
Named for the pioneering conservationist who made the preservation and protection of the Everglades her life’s work, this year’s event will explore the past, present and future of the region known as the River of Grass - with presentations by scientists, rangers, historians, authors, artists, and local Native American leaders addressing a wide variety of topics.
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, February 20
Welcome: Buffet Luncheon "Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Voice of the Everglades"
Everglades Isle • $25/person
Keynote Speaker June Cussen, Executive Editor of Pineapple Press, publisher of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' autobiography "Voice of the River"
Wednesday, February 21
Kayaking the Fakahatchee with Tod Dahlke
9:00am • Max 12 people, approx 3-4 hours
“Seasons in the Swamp” by Ranger Fiona Southwell, Big Cypress National Preserve
“The Story of Barron Collier” by local author Marya Repko
“Dolphin Population of SW Florida” by Bob McConville, Florida Master Naturalist
“Wonderful World of Orchids and Epiphytes” by Mike Owen, Biologist Fakahatchee State Park
“Seminoles: A Living Tradition” by Pedro Zepada, Seminole Artist and Historian
Thursday, February 22
Historic Guided Canoe Tour - Big Cypress National Preserve
8:30am • Max 12 people, approx. 2-3 hours
Otter John’s Wild Everglades Animal Presentation
(Outdoor presentation with live animals)
“Otter Mound” by Melissa Henning, Conservation Collier
“History of Seminole Wars in South Florida through 19th Century Maps” by Dr. John Nordt III, M.D.
Swamp Walk with Mike Owen - Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
1:00pm • Max 12 people, approx. 3-4 hours
“Climate Change” by Professor Ken Soltys, FGCU
Friday, February 23
“The Three Marjorie(y)s and the Fight for Florida’s Future” by Peggy Macdonald, Ph.D., Executive Director, Matheson History Museum
“Birds of South Florida, Through the Seasons and Storms" by Carmen Ferrero, Naturalist Florida Everglades
“Miccosukee, Past and Future” by Betty Osceola, Panther Clan, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
“Beauty and Beast, Tale of the Lion Fish” by Benjamin Marics, Conservancy of Southwest Florida
“Two Worlds Collide: The Story of South Florida’s Temperate and Tropical Life” by Ranger Max Mishkin, Big Cypress National Preserve
Saturday, February 24
Family Fun Activities for Kids and Irish-flavored folk music by Dominic St. Charles throughout the day!
Fakahatchee Tram Tour
10:00am • Max 22 people, approx. 1.5 hours
“Living, Working, Thriving, Drying: Exploring Relationships in the Swamp” by Ranger Julia Schostak, Big Cypress National Preserve
“History of the Bison and Cracker Cattle in Florida” by Rey Becerra
(Outdoor Presentation with live animals)
“Mangroves: Much More than a Nursery” by Ranger Erica, Big Cypress National Preserve
**Dates, times, and programs subject to change. For more information, call Museum of the Everglades at (239) 695-0008. Unless noted otherwise, all events meet at Museum of the Everglades.