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Everglades Wetland Research Park

Everglades Wetland Research Park

The Everglades Wetland Research Park on the campus of the Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida, is a Florida Gulf Coast University facility designed to provide teaching, research, and service related to wetland, river, and coastal science and ecological engineering. At the research park, we seek to understand:

  1. how wetlands function, and
  2. if and how we can create and restore wetlands.

The overall goals of our facility are the same as that of the university: teaching, research, and service, but in a soggy environment!  We have and will continue to contribute to the restoration and conservation of wetlands in the Florida Everglades (the sawgrass “river of grass”, Big Cypress Swamp, coastal mangrove swamps) and wetlands around the world. 




Freedom Park

EWRP Director Bill Mitsch has presented a guest lecture entitled “Phosphorus and nitrogen and carbon, Oh My!” around the world in 2015-17. The lecture describes how wetlands can and should be restored and created to improve water quality and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Presentations were at University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada: Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey; Northeast China Normal University, Changchen, China: Beihan University and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Friends of Fakahatchee, Everglades City, Florida; Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio; University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland; Kristenstad University, Kristenstad, Sweden; 3 rd Wetlands Conference, Cuiaba, Brazil; and EcoSummit 2016, Montpellier, France. Two web broadcasts of his presentations are available here:

May 5, 2016 Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio 
May 26, 2016 Kristenstad University, Kristenstad, Sweden 

Youtube Video                           Youtube Video

Videos of FGCU Professor Bill Mitsch speaking on Wetlands and FGCU Professor Win Everham talking about Water and Plants. Produced by Maran Hilgendorf, Communications Manager of Charlotte Harbor National Estuarine Program Office.