Miami-Dade EcoAdventures is now hiring for summer camp & naturalist staff!

Available Positions:
Summer Camp Counselors – Camp Manatee (North Miami Beach)
Summer Adventures – Crandon Adventures (Key Biscayne) & Arch Creek Park (North Miami)

Summer is a total of 11 weeks (Jun 8 – Aug 21). An additional week before and after is possible.

Applicants must be at least 17 years old to apply.

It is strongly recommended that applicants possess a drivers license and are CPR & First Aid certified.

To apply go to: www.miamidade.gov/jobs

Job Search : Park Service Aide (Seasonal/Temporary) #33568
DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2015

Submit a resume & cover letter to:
Aimee Scott – ascott@miamidade.gov
Lael Pascual – lp861@miamidade.gov

For questions, please call
Camp Manatee/Arch Creek: 305-944-6111
Crandon Adventures: 305-361-6767 x112

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SAVE THE FROGS!
A Guest Lecture on Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century
Sunday, January 11th

(MIAMI, December 17, 2014) — Miami EcoAdventures will host SAVE THE FROGS! founder Dr. Kerry M. Kriger who will deliver a presentation on “Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century” on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Camp Greynolds, located at 18601 NE 22nd Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. The event is free and open to the public.

How long do frogs live? How many types of frogs are there? What’s the difference between a frog and a toad? Why are frogs disappearing worldwide and what are can be done to save them? Dr. Kriger answers all these questions and more as he introduces the audience to Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century. The presentation features many of Dr. Kriger’s photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

WHO:              Miami EcoAdventures
WHAT:            Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century
WHEN:            Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Camp Greynolds – 18601 NE 22nd Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33160 – (305) 944-6111

Dr. Kerry M. Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com), the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived and coordinates Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given presentations on amphibian conservation in 11 countries.

Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger’s amphibian conservation efforts have been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call (305) 755-7848.

Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands and Natural Areas Management will be hosting a volunteer work day at Arch Creek Park on Friday, January 17th from 9am-12pm. Projects will include Trail Maintenance – mulching, exotic removal and lining trail with logs.

 Registration is required. Registration can be done via email (eel@miamidade.gov) or by Phone (305.372.6611). NAM EEL workday 2013 - 2014

Lignum Vitae Flowers - Roger L. Hammerby: Roger L. Hammer

Lignum Vitae

One of the most beautiful flowering trees in the flora of southern Florida is Lignum Vitae (Guajacum sanctum). The genus name Guajacum was derived from an aboriginal name for the tree, and the species name sanctum means “sacred.” The wood of this tree is extremely dense and rich in resin, making the tree highly sought by woodworkers and for use as bushings on drive shafts. The spinning drive shaft heats the wood and releases the oils, creating a natural lubricant.

The common name of this state-listed endangered species is Latin for “wood of life.” The tree was also called “Sailor’s Cure” in Spanish because the resin in the wood was once believed to be a cure for sLignum Vitae Seeds - Roger L. Hammeryphilis.

The leaves of Lignum Vitae are fed upon by the larvae of the lyside sulphur butterfly and the bright red seeds are eaten by mockingbirds, catbirds, and blue-headed vireos. Beautiful blue flowers appear several times a year attract a number of butterfly species, principally skippers.

If you are looking for a classy tree for your home landscape, this is the tree for you. Although it is a bit more expensive compared to other more commonly  cultivated trees, it is worth every single penny, and the birds and butterflies it attracts are free.

NOTE: Arch Creek Park has a few Lignum Vitae trees throughout the park. One is located in the front open field space by the main gate.

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Campfire & Night Hike

We have some wonderful programs for you, your family and friends to enjoy during the fall. Making reservations has become much easier, reservations for most program can be now done online.

GREYNOLDS PARK: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT HIKE
Dates: November 8, December 13

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Rated: Easy

Fascinated by the moon and the stars or even glow bugs? Then come learn about the mysteries of the night and see what lurks around our park when the lights go out!  Our naturalists will take you on a night hike through the park in search of its nocturnal residents. Meet at the Greynolds Park – Boathouse, 17530 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33160.

Fee: $6.00/participant.
Reservations are required, and must be made the day before.
Reservations can be made online at https://rms.miamidade.gov/RMS7/Activities/Search.aspx, in the “Place” drop down menu select “Arch Creek Park” and select the date your interested in. Call (305) 944-6111 for more information.

ARCH CREEK PARK: CAMPFIRE & NIGHT HIKE
Dates: October 25 & November 22, December 27

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Rated: Easy

Venture into the beautiful Tropical Hardwood Hammock with a naturalist guide and discover the marvelous nocturnal life of the park at dusk. Experience the sights and sounds of eastern screech owls, raccoons, night time spiders and much more. Following the night hike, join our naturalists around the campfire for marshmallow roasting. Only offered October through May. Meet at the Arch Creek Museum & Nature Center, 1855 NE 135 Street, North Miami, Fl. 33181.

Fee: $6.00/participant.
Reservations are required, and must be made the day before.
Reservations can be made online at https://rms.miamidade.gov/RMS7/Activities/Search.aspx, in the “Place” drop down menu select “Arch Creek Park” and select the date your interested in. Call (305) 944-6111 for more information.

Children are welcome to come to the Campfire & Night Hike on October 25th in their Halloween costumes. However, we encourage no masks.