Thursday, Aug 11, 2005
Biscayne National Park will host a celebration of the National Park Service's 89th birthday on Sunday, August 28, 2005 starting at 2 p.m. at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The free event begins with a special presentation of the film Our National Parks: An American Legacy, immediately followed by birthday cake, punch and a giant arrowhead-shaped piÊata filled with national park stickers, cards, buttons and other treats. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located nine miles east of Homestead on SW 328 Street.
From lofty mountain peaks to the low deserts, from volcanoes to glaciers, and from ancient ruins to places associated with the Civil Rights Movement, the National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. Established on August 25, 1916, the agency now manages nearly 400 units and many other programs that benefit natural and cultural resource protection.
Biscayne National Park¡¦s 172,000 acres, most of which is covered by water, protect mangrove forests, clear bay waters, the northernmost Florida Keys and a portion of the world¡¦s third-largest coral reef. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center features exhibits and films about the park as well as plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning. The park¡¦s concessioner also offers canoe and kayak rentals, glass-bottom boat tours and snorkeling trips.
The National Park Service Birthday party is made possible by the Florida National Parks and Monuments Association and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
For more information on the celebration, call 305-230-7275, x0.