South Florida National Parks Trust

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December 1, 2008
Contact: Don Finefrock,
Executive Director
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