Tropical Hammocks

Hardwood forests with broad-leaved evergreens are called hammocks.  The tropical hammock ecosystem is restricted to South Florida, below the frost line, and contains plants and animals that live in no other place in the United States.  The soils are well-drained, and therefore many forests have been converted into housing developments and towns.  Visit the tropical hammocks at Everglades National Park, Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and Collier-Seminole State Park.

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Each year the contest takes on two ecosystems on a four-year rotation. At this station, when Tropical Hammocks is one of the featured ecosystems, contestants will:

 

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