Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 51st anniversary of this special day dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and protecting our planet. And what better way to celebrate than by exploring the beauty of Florida’s national parks? In honor of Earth Day and National Park Week, entry to all National Parks is free today!

At The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks, we are committed to preserving and protecting the natural beauty of Florida’s National Parks for future generations. Our mission is to educate the public about the importance of these parks, advocate for their protection, and provide support for their preservation.

Florida is home to three national parks, each with its own unique features and attractions. Let’s take a closer look at each of them:

Everglades National Park: This park is one of the most unique natural areas in the world, with its vast wetlands and diverse ecosystem. The Everglades is home to a variety of rare and endangered species, such as the Florida panther and the American crocodile. Visitors can explore the park by taking a guided boat tour or hiking through the swamps.

Biscayne National Park: This park is located just a few miles from downtown Miami and is known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. Visitors can snorkel or scuba dive to see a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even shipwrecks.

Dry Tortugas National Park: Located 70 miles west of Key West, this park is only accessible by boat or seaplane. The park is home to Fort Jefferson, a massive 19th-century fort built to protect the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can also explore the coral reefs and crystal-clear waters surrounding the park.

Big Cypress National Preserve is located in southern Florida and is known for its vast swamp and prairie landscapes. The preserve covers over 700,000 acres and is home to a variety of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther, black bears, and alligators. Visitors can explore the preserve by hiking, biking, or taking an airboat tour.

Now, here are some fun facts about each of these national parks:

– The Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist.
– Biscayne National Park is home to the largest known colony of nesting loggerhead turtles in the continental United States.
– Dry Tortugas National Park is home to one of the largest brick structures in the Western hemisphere, Fort Jefferson.
– The preserve is home to the largest stand of old-growth cypress trees in the world, some of which are over 500 years old.

In honor of Earth Day and National Park Week, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the free entry to our national parks and explore the natural beauty of Florida. Remember to practice Leave No Trace principles and help preserve these special places for generations to come.

Don’t forget to check out our photo contest for National Park Week #ThroughTheLensAFNP! Check out our blog post here for more informaiton.