South Florida National Parks Trust

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the South Florida National Parks Trust?
The Trust was established in 2002 to support South Florida’s national parks through fund-raising and community outreach.

Doesn’t the federal government support South Florida’s national parks?
Yes, but federal tax dollars only go so far. Private donations are needed to support special park programs and projects that would not be funded otherwise, including the outdoor education programs that introduce thousands of South Florida school children to their national parks each year.

What kinds of programs and projects are supported with private donations?
More than 10,000 school kids a year visit Everglades National Park on field trips and overnight camping programs funded by the Trust and its donors. Biscayne National Park launched its popular "shipwreck" trail for divers and snorkelers with support from the Trust. Dry Tortugas protects sea turtle nests in the park with funding from the Trust. And Big Cypress is restoring the natural flow of water on the scenic Turner River with grant funding provided by the Trust. For a complete list of the programs and projects supported by the Trust, click here.

How are projects chosen?
The Trust works closely with each park superintendent to identify programs and projects that benefit the park and its visitors.

Does the South Florida National Parks Trust receive government funding?
No. The Trust relies on the support of individuals, businesses and foundations to pay its operating expenses and support programs and projects in South Florida’s national parks.

Are donations to the Trust tax deductible?
Yes. The Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Trust are tax-deductible, to the full extent allowed by the IRS.