Big changes are expected at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park over the coming months—a new entryway with deceleration lanes, a new parking area, a visitor’s center with restrooms, a bridge across an existing canal, low-level walkways and a major expansion of the existing boardwalk. On August 9th at 7 PM Master Naturalist Bob McConville will be at Rose Auditorium to give us additional details and to report on the work’s progress.
The Fakahatchee Strand Park is a 20-mile-ribbon of land that runs between Immokalee and Everglades City, and at 85,000 acres is Florida’s largest state park. Often described as the “Amazon of the North,” the Park’s subtropical terrain boasts one of the largest concentrations of bromeliads and orchids—including the elusive ghost orchid—on the continent, a virgin cypress forest with 500- to 600-year-old trees and several rare and endangered animal species including the Florida Panther, eastern indigo snake, Everglades mink, the bald eagle, and the diamondback terrapin.
McConville’s lecture is free to members of the Marco Island Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood, across from the Library. For more information, call 239-389- 6447 or visit www.theMIHS.com.