in an effort to bring awareness to a national treasure in our own backyard, Biscayne National Park.
Join us as we share all the wonders of this special area and how you can help to conserve it and the surrounding areas.
Deemed a national park in the 1980's, the park’s history extends back more than 10,000 years with evidence of historical artifacts unearthed on land and sea….The park protects the 3rd largest coral reef tracts in the World, as well as the longest stretch of mangrove forest in the U.S. The clear, shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the northernmost Florida keys and 10,000 years of human history…. From sealife and vegetation found nowhere else to… to historical ship wrecks that house not only their hidden treasure but a haven for the animals and plants call these warm waters home.
The park hosts not only these aquatic creatures but the millions who flock to its shores each year. From guided tours to boating, fishing and most important, education and preservation, Biscayne National Park is works each day to conserve this watery wonderland that many never even knew they have visited.
The park covers 172,971 acres and includes Elliott key, the park's largest island and first of the true Florida keys, formed from fossilized coral reef. The islands farther north in the park are transitional islands of coral and sand. The offshore portion of the park includes the northernmost region of the Florida reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world.
Biscayne national park protects four distinct ecosystems: the shoreline mangrove swamp, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the offshore Florida reef. The shoreline swamps of the mainland and island margins provide a nursery for larval and juvenile fish, mollusks and crustaceans. The bay waters harbor juvenile and adult fish, seagrass beds, sponges, soft corals, and manatees. The keys are covered with tropical vegetation including endangered cacti and palms, and their beaches provide nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles. Offshore reefs and waters harbor more than 200 species of fish, pelagic birds and hard corals.
The Herbert W. Hoover foundation’s founder was instrumental in establishing this park to help conserve its beauty and importance to our ecosystem and shoreline protection.
The closest Coral Reef in the US, is Right
off Our Shores
Did you know, Biscayne National Park has the 3rd largest barrier reef in
the US, is in our backyard? Biscayne
National Park’s coral
reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. Every crack and crevice seems to be occupied by something. This reefs is the world’s
most accessible too, just a few miles off our South Florida shores. For this reason, they are also among the
world's most vulnerable reefs.
When diving, snorkeling, or boating, keep the following
not stand on, sit on, break, or touch corals. The tiny polyps are living animals and are fragile
and can be easily damaged by even the gentlest touch.
be aware of where your feet are. In your excitement to share your
discoveries with others, you could be hitting the reef with your fins.
boating, use a chart to avoid running aground.
mooring buoys where available. When anchoring a vessel, ensure the anchor
is firmly set in sandy areas, not in coral.
If you would like to make a monetary donation click here. Click on the donation button on the site. You can be a part of that care by registering on www.helpingfeelsgood.org. Volunteering is a great way to make a lasting impact in the community and there new opportunities added to the site all the time.
Take a look at this brief history of how the park came to be and see those who's passion for this amazing area helped to preserve it.