Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Panther Month, A Little Peace, daily painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

A Little Peace
11x14, acrylic on canvas

March is a wonderful month to visit the Everglades. Temperatures have warmed up a bit, it's not too hot for hiking, and because it's dry season there's not many mosquitoes.

There are well marked hiking trails throughout, and I've got a map in my studio that I'm happy to share if you need one. If you're not too sure about venturing in alone, you can get a guided tour with one of the groups that introduces people to the Everglades.

The Friends of Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve is a growing, active organization. They hold weekly hiking and guided canoe trips as their Discovery Series to show you around and to help you learn about the importance of the Everglades landscape.

This month is Florida Panther Month and the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand have a lot of activities planned. There's a Panther Lecture tomorrow, A Panther Fund raiser at Cathy O'Clarks on Marco Island on St. Patrick's Day, an open house in the Panther Refuge on Saturday, biking trips and a poker run fundraiser.

The Friends of Fakahatchee Strand believe that the protection of this jewel of the Everglades Ecosystem, the Fakahatchee, is achievable through public awareness and participation. It's not money to become a member, and they welcome your support. You can download a membership form and learn more here.

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