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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2008
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
305.665.4769
South Florida National Parks Trust Announces New Grants
to Benefit South Florida’s National Parks

The South Florida National Parks Trust has approved 11 new grants totaling $212,000 to support education programs and other projects in South Florida’s national parks during the coming year, the Trust announced. The funding includes $50,000 for education programs in Biscayne National Park; $45,000 for education programs in Big Cypress National Preserve; and $20,000 for student transportation to support education programs at Everglades National Park. The Trust also approved the following grants:

  • $22,000 for the Alternative Spring Break program that puts college students to work in Biscayne National Park each year.
  • $8,000 to support the Volunteer in Parks (VIP) programs at Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • $29,000 for Dry Tortugas National Park and the Eco-Discovery Center in Key West.
  • $25,000 to hire a roving ranger to visit schools, libraries, community centers and events in South Florida.
  • $3,000 to install an interpretive plant walk at Everglades National Park.
  • $3,000 to promote the use of circle hooks by South Florida fisherman who fish park waters.
  • $5,000 for web design at Everglades National Park.
  • $2,500 for the “Butterflies of Everglades National Park” exhibit that will open January 1 at the park’s main visitor center in Homestead.

The South Florida National Parks Trust is the principal fund-raising organization for South Florida’s national parks. For more information about the Trust, visit southfloridaparks.org.