Like Everglades, Biscayne National Park is mostly water so not a lot of long, trails to hike. It wasn't easy to earn my junior ranger patch. Earning my junior ranger patched involved lots of of driving from Everglades to Biscayne, back to Everglades, and finally to Big Cypress National Preserve. I wasn't leaving without my patch. But it was a quiet time in the parks and this afforded me educational conversations with the park rangers.
Playing with a turtle shell in
the visitor center
The first step to getting my junior ranger patch - being sworn in by the ranger at Biscayne national park
The only bird and crane we saw! They may have been hiding; they knew Hurricane Irma was on her way
Why do people trash our beautiful
After checking my completed junior ranger book, the ranger at Everglades swears me but I still need one more swear in
But there is a patch waiting for me
at Big Cypress
The end of a path takes you to the
Colonial Bird Protection Area
Disappointed there were no birds to watch but we enjoyed the bright sun, blue sky, and ocean water
It was a quiet on the dock on this day
Head back to Everglades for my final swear in but the ranger has no patch
At Big Cypress Visitor Center with my
hard earned patch!
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Hope you've been inspired to visit Biscayne and Big Cypress. To plan your trip, visit the Biscayne National Park website and the Big Cypress National Preserve website.