One of the largest wetlands in the world, this iconic "River of Grass" protects 1.5 million acres of subtropical wilderness in South Florida.
Its rare mix of salt and fresh water provides critical habitat for a variety endangered plants and animals, it serves as one of the most significant corridors for migrating species, and it is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western hemisphere. Visitors can access this marshy wilderness in short hikes off of the main park road or explore the western coast of the park by paddling along the stunning 99-mile Wilderness Waterway Trail. Though it may feel like a world away, this world-famous park is an easy drive from Miami.
A Century of Impact
Creature Feature: American Alligator
It's no secret that alligators are big. But did you know that an adult male can be up to 15 feet long and tip the scales at half a ton? In its lifetime, it might go through as many as 3,000 teeth, with new teeth replacing worn ones!
Have you ever slogged through a slough? Until recently, we hadn't either. In fact, we hadn't ever really heard of doing that. Around the new year, my husband and I were longing for another National Park experience and thinking back on recent trips to the "more notable" parks like our…
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NPCA at Work Restore Fresh Water to Florida Bay in Everglades National Park Florida Bay is an estuary protected in large part by Everglades National Park. It has been plagued by problems from development upstream and starved for clean water. Now, years of work to save the bay could fall short if we don’t act to demand a better water management plan.
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NPCA at Work Protect Biscayne from Nuclear Expansion Plans to expand Turkey Point by adding two new nuclear units would make Turkey Point one of the largest nuclear power facilities in the country, in an area that is ground zero for sea level rise. The proposed expansion threatens our national parks, endangered wildlife, Everglades restoration, and the health of park water resources.
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Regional Events Park Talks Join our NPCA community for virtual "Park Talks" to learn about our work and ways you can get involved.
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Resource Marine Programs in the Sun Coast Region NPCA’s Sun Coast Region approaches our marine work with an eye toward ecosystem conservation, restoration and resilience. We work strategically to identify, assess and proactively address the evolving threats to marine ecosystems and all species and resources within them.
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Resource Climate Change and Florida’s National Parks Florida is among the most climate change-threatened states in the United States. Florida’s treasured national parks—spanning the Greater Everglades ecosystem northward into Gulf Islands National Seashore and beyond—are being impacted by our changing climate.
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Blog Post This Land Is Their Land Honor Indigenous history at these 15 sites where visitors can learn about the extensive connections tribes have with today’s national parks.
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Blog Post 5 Sharks You'll Want to Meet — from a Distance — at National Parks Just in time for Shark Week: Learn about some of the most majestic and fascinating wildlife at our coastal parks.
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Blog Post 9 Not-So-Cute Endangered Animals That Live in Our Parks Celebrate Endangered Species Day with these curious critters
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Blog Post Love Is in the Parks 5 NPCA staff members share their national park love stories.
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Blog Post Urban Stargazing: See More of the Universe at Night Longer nights and clearer skies during winter make it an ideal season for stargazing, and fortunately, some national parks offer dark skies near major urban areas.
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Blog Post 8 Easy Adventures for Hikers of All Fitness Levels New independent film features a series of low-effort, high-reward hikes for finding joy in the outdoors.
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Press Release Extending Turkey Point Nuclear Operations Jeopardizes Health of Biscayne National Park Environmental analysis must address health, water and climate concerns for Biscayne and Everglades national parks, nearby communities and endangered and threatened wildlife.
Read more about NPCA Comment on Florida Crystals Lease
Letter NPCA Comment on Florida Crystals Lease The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) writes in strong objection to yesterday’s action by the South Florida Water Management District SFWMD Governing Board to execute a new contract with Florida Crystals on public land designated for Everglades restoration.
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Report A Legacy Threatened NPCA's photo book shows the damage to parks caused by the 2017 hurricanes.
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