South Florida National Parks Trust

Florida Bay

The Florida Bay Stewardship Fund

The South Florida National Parks Trust has established a stewardship fund to protect Florida Bay in Everglades National Park, in partnership with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

The Florida Bay Stewardship Fund provides a source of private funding for resource protection programs in Florida Bay while seeking to educate boaters and the public at large about the fragile nature of the bay and damage done to seagrass beds by frequent boat groundings and propeller scars.

The stewardship fund builds on the success of the Florida Bay Resource Protection Program – a partnership created in 2005 by NPCA, the Trust and Everglades National Park to protect Florida Bay through education, enhanced law enforcement and science.

The partnership invested more than $1 million over five years to establish boater education programs, place more rangers on the water, install signs to protect habitat and wildlife, and study boating patterns and the condition of seagrass beds in Florida Bay.

The Florida Bay Stewardship Fund will build on those accomplishments while providing more opportunities for the public to participate.

The South Florida National Parks Trust accepts donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to support Florida Bay programs and projects in four critical areas:

  • Education and Outreach
  • Law Enforcement
  • Science
  • Resource Management

How You Can Help

  • Click here to donate to the Florida Bay Stewardship Fund
  • Click here to take a boater education course for Florida Bay

Smart Boating on Florida Bay


Eco-Mariner is a free boater education course that helps boaters navigate Florida Bay. The online course, first launched on Earth Day 2009, was developed as part of the Florida Bay Resource Protection Program. Eco-Mariner is designed to teach boaters how to negotiate the narrow channels and shallow waters of Florida Bay without damaging the bay’s critical habitat, including its seagrass meadows and mud flats.

To take the course online and become an Eco-Mariner, visit