Making Biscayne National Park Accessible to More

Kids learning about hermit crabs with a park ranger at Biscayne National Park
By partnering with the South Florida National Parks Trust and National Park Foundation, Biscayne Bay developed virtual tours and Fisheries Education classes.

Thanks to the National Park Foundation and the South Florida National Parks Trust, Biscayne National Park was able to develop and implement exciting new programs to enable underserved youth of urban communities to experience the wild and isolated land and seascapes of the park. Additionally, students are able to take virtual visits to areas that highlight the coastal and marine ecosystems of the park through podcasts and education and outreach programs. These podcasts utilize video footage taken from remote areas of the park--including areas that are underwater.

Additionally, the park is able to offer a Fisheries Education Class, which achieves angler compliance with fishing regulations by educating visitors to Everglades and Biscayne National Park about the local fishing regulations, fish identification, and angling etiquette. The class is open to the public for free as a service to the community, and is the first time the parks have used an educational course directly as a fisheries management tool.

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