South Florida (Nature, Weather, History, & Art!)

Nature in South Florida

Places to visit: 

Everglades National Park 

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Montgomery Botanical Center

Crandon Park 

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Follow this link and use the Park Finder Tool to find Miami Dade Parks  in your area! 

Learn About & Even Feed Manatees at Florida Springs 

Tortugas National Park in Key West

 

Learn More about South Florida Wildlife:

Everglades Photography by friend of Nature Links Carmen Ferreiro

South Florida Habitats

Biscayne Bay Ecology, Wildlife, and Activities

All about South Florida’s Reptiles (‘Gators, Anoles, Turtles, and more!) 

South Florida’s Fish

Information about Florida’s beautiful and unique Everglades

South Florida Weather & Ecology 

Introductory information for kids (and adults) of all ages about weather phenomena

Up-to-date information about South Florida Weather

Florida’s Water Resources

Florida Aquifers

Gardening & Conservation

Tips for first-time gardeners 

Do you like gardening? Did you know that by using native plants you can turn gardening into a powerful conservation tool? Visit this link to find out how to do this in your South Florida yard! 

Not sure what you need to plant when? Check out this website for location-specific calendars and suggestions. 

Here’s a short list of plants that grow well in Florida 

How-to start your own back-yard compost 

Do you want to get involved with conservation and advocacy efforts in Miami and South Florida? Check out The Urban Environment League at www.uel.com 

Did you know Miami has one of the lowest levels of parks per capita of the major U.S. cities? Read about Chicago’s inspirational approach to increasing urban gardening in its South Side neighborhoods. 

 

Arts, Culture, and History in South Florida

Places to Visit:

History Miami

The Barnacle Historic State Park 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Deering Estate at Cutler

A complete list of South Florida Museums 

 

South Florida Environment In the News

National Geographic: If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

We’re pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it’s gone, the real crisis begins.

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.

Click Here to read the full National Geographic Article

South Florida’s Natural Areas

South Florida is filled with beautiful natural sub-tropical landscapes. Outdoor education provides a gateway for young adults to engage in the natural world and develop a relationship with nature that fosters conservation and preservation.

Ever wonder which plants are the best to grow where you live? It’s not just a matter of what looks or smells best.

Here is an article on the importance and ease of growing native plants in our own backyards and window boxes.

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