Young Friends of the Everglades

The Young Friends of the Everglades program teaches children about the Everglades, ignites passion for nature and conservation, and fosters a lifelong love for the environment. We empower youth to be informed change-makers in their communities and beyond. 

Our mission is to protect, preserve and restore the only Everglades in the world.

We are the Voice of the Everglades, Marjory’s Echo.

Everglades Learning

Friends of the Everglades founder Marjory Stoneman Douglas believed that educating young people was critical to saving the Everglades.

Now educators can bring the Everglades straight to their classrooms with our interactive Everglades Learning Exploration Kits, designed to achieve cross-curricular learning standards in 4th and 5th grade. We are thrilled to be able to offer this as a part of our newly revived Young Friends of the Everglades program. Check it out!

Young Friends in Your School

Everglades Learning Exploration Kits

Each Kit Includes:

  • 4 Standards-Aligned, Cross-Curricular Lesson Sequences
  • 1 Life-Sized American Alligator Banner + Bonus Math Lesson
  • 16 copies of Marjory Saves the Everglades by Sandra Neil Wallace
  • 16 copies of Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the Everglades by Jennifer Bryant
  • 1 copy of Everglades by Jean Craighead George
  • 1 copy of Life in the Everglades: A Young Naturalist’s Guide by Mindy Dickman
  • Maps: 
    • Florida
    • Everglades National Park
    • Pre- and Post- Drainage Maps
  • 6 Tape Measures
  • Everglades Champion Certificates
  • Digital and Print Resources
  • Classroom Presentations by Young Friends of the Everglades Educators
  • …and more!

To request an Everglades Learning Exploration Kit, please complete the form below.

For further information contact:

Amanda Purnell
Education and Outreach Coordinator
(305) 669-0858

Digital Access

We are proud to offer an online version of this Young Friends of the Everglades education tool free of charge to all interested educators.

Please complete the form below to unlock the downloads:

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Download Lessons


Get Lessons 1-4 all in one downloadable PDF.

Companion Workbook

Certificate of

The Everglades Food Chain Game

Individual Lesson Plans

Each fun and challenging lesson plan detailed below can be used together or individually and comes complete with teacher notes and instructions to help your students master each area of Everglades education. Reward their progress with an Everglades Champion certificate!

Water & Wildlife

Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the Everglades

Marjory Saves the Everglades

Changes to Our Home: Water Quality and the Impact on Florida