Everglades Wildguide {Free eBook}

In 1972, the National Park Service first issued Everglades Wildguide written by Newbery medal winner Jean Craighead George and beautifully illustrated by Betty Fraser. The full-color 1988 version is now available in the public domain as a free eBook download.

Here is the story of the plants and animals of the Everglades, this country’s subtropical kingdom. Plants and animals found nowhere else in the 50 states are found here in abundance, though in an increasingly perilous state. In this handbook, first published in 1972, author and researcher Jean Craighead George brings to the telling of this story long years of study and understanding.

Students using our free Everglades unit study will appreciate the profuse use of maps and diagrams that will fit perfectly into an Everglades notebook!

The book includes the following checklists:

  • Mammals.
  • Birds.
  • Reptiles and Amphibians.
  • Trees and tree-like plants.

At the end you’ll also find a glossary and recommended reading list.

Everglades National Park is to most Americans an Eden where birds, mammals, reptiles, and orchids find sanctuary. Sunshine sparkles on sloughs teeming with fish, and on marshes where wildflowers bloom the year around; it shines on tree islands where birds roost and deer bed down. In this semitropical garden of plant-and-animal communities, every breeze-touched glade, every cluster of trees is a separate world in which are tucked yet smaller worlds of such complexity that even ecologists have not learned all their intricate relationships.

This book has been written to help you see how the many pieces of this ecological puzzle fit together to form a complex, ever-changing, closely woven web of plants, animals, rock, soil, sun, water, and air.

Wonderful look at the “country’s subtropical kingdom” — and free!

Free eBook

Additional Resources

The Florida Everglades: A Unit Study
Our free unit covering all aspects of the rich area.

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