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Virginia Key Beach Park


A Sense of Place
Course ID - CTD0488-6 Reference # 517921
(3 hours of Professional Development Credit for Faculty)

Facilitated by Mark Walters
The goal of this Immersion is to give MDC faculty and staff an overview of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Participants in this Immersion will tour this important ecologically rich site and gain an understanding of its importance to Miami as a barrier island with unique and valuable ecosystems and as a gathering place with a priceless cultural and historical legacy. Attendees will view restored historic structures – carousel, pavilions, concession stand, parking lot and mini train tunnel (mini train). We will look at the shoreline to appreciate the significance of the reinstallation of the wooden groins and the debate on their utility.  Attendees will hear about some of the wildlife that makes the island and the park home and will be made aware of the significant deterioration of the site that has occurred due to invasion from exotic species.

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