Marjory Saves the Everglades

The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

When journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas returned to Florida after World War One, she hardly recognized the beautiful Everglades near her home. Developers saw the area as useless swampland and drained it to build and lay plans for the world’s first jetport! Few people knew what ecology meant back then, but that didn’t stop Marjory from finding a way to save the Everglades. Though she wasn’t a scientist, Marjory discovered that the Everglades wasn't a swamp at all, but a river—a slow-moving river of grass, creating one of the most unique ecosystems in the world! Marjory wrote about her discoveries and that’s when others started paying attention. Today, Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape thanks to Marjory’s care and protection of the river of grass.