People who enjoy the great outdoors; are interested in hiking, camping, canoeing, backpacking, and fishing; and are used to the primitive camping experience of The Everglades National Park will find Porpoise Point Retreat a wonderful destination for a canoeing weekend.
The retreat consists of a canoe dock, community area for eating and activities, three dwelling units that contain four beds and a bath house, as well as around the clock caretakers to help make visitors' experience even better.
Since the retreat is completely off the grid some sustainable features have been incorporated to enhance the visitors' experience. Oriented to face the southwest the open-air buildings take advantage of the views of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the prevailing winds. Large roof overhangs protect the building from the hot Florida sun. Composting toilets and a rainwater harvesting system allow visitors to bath and use the toilet (a luxury in this part of the National Park) during their stay. The rainwater harvesting system also provides water for cooking and cleaning. However, a purification system has not been added because of the lack of electricity, therefore water for human consumption must be further treated.
Status: School Project
Location: Everglades, Florida