The mission of the Marine Science Center is to create innovative and inspiring marine education experiences which empower the lives of our students and guests. We also use advanced training and professional partnerships to provide outstanding rehabilitation of sea turtles, seabirds, and contribute to the emerging field of conservation medicine.
Miami Waterkeeper's mission is to defend, protect, and preserve South Florida's watershed through citizen engagement and community action rooted in sound science and research. We work to ensure swimmable, drinkable and fishable water for all. Through our efforts, we hope to maintain a clean and vibrant watershed, resilient South Florida, and coastal culture for generations to come. We have become a leading advocate for the Biscayne Bay and a powerful voice for clean water and sustainable development.
Oleta River State Park, Florida's largest urban park, is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area.
A.D. Barnes Park is a 65-acre park nestled in the heart of one of Miami's busiest areas. The park is home to The Sense of Wonder Nature Center set within one of the few remaining Pine Rocklands in Miami-Dade County. As a result, the 8.5-acre Nature Center has become an oasis for migrating birds and, according to the National Audubon Society, is one of the best places to see birds in Miami. This park is listed as a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.
At Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center we provide persons with intellectual and physical challenges equal access to community-based recreational, leisure, and cultural activities and to enhance their quality of life and inspire confidence, build self-esteem and foster independence.
Greynolds Park was officially dedicated in 1936 and saw great popularity almost immediately. As time went on, the park received multitudes of additions including a new Boathouse (1939), several unique picnic shelters (1939), and a 40-acre 9-hole golf course (1964). In 1983, Greynolds Park was declared a historic site. The park has several walking trails, a playground, picnic shelters and a campground. Greynolds Park and Miami EcoAdventures partner together to offer various nature based programs for the public, school/youth groups and scouts.
The Nassau County 4-H Youth Development program create supportive environments for diverse youth to reach their fullest potential. Through hands-on activities, Nassau County 4-H provides youth the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop life skills that will lead them to be responsible citizens. 4-H focuses on many program areas including environmental science, agricultural, leadership, S.T.E.M., and community service.
The Y is a cause-driven charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We make sure that everyone, no matter their age, gender, race or ability, is welcomed as part of the YMCA family. Our summer camps encourage an outdoor
experiences from fishing to archery.
The GTM Research Reserve is a collaboration between Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve covers74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida and offers interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Our Coastal Training Program offers trainings for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants, and much more.
Lake Griffin State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities in a naturally beautiful setting. The Dead River connects the park to Lake Griffin, which is the eighth largest lake in Florida. Visitors can enjoy boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping. Anglers of all ages will find plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, and catfish. In addition, we rent canoes and kayaks and offer guided paddle trips, guided boat tours and we have a family friendly natural trail. For over 10 years the park has host an annual Kid's Fishing Clinic.