• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable

    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

Biscayne National Park Seeks Public Contact Volunteers

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Date: April 26, 2013
Contact: Christiana Admiral, 305-230-1144, x018

If you enjoy working with people and have a bit of free time, consider volunteering at Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center, located east of Homestead, Florida. Volunteers introduce visitors from around the world to the park and answer questions from an information desk overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. In addition to covering the information desk, public contact volunteers also rove the boardwalk at Convoy Point to provide park information, explain regulations and answer questions. Volunteers generally contribute four hours once or twice per week. Volunteers work side-by-side with park rangers, and enjoy training opportunities and excursions in the park.

Heading into the summer, the park is tight on "people power" to keep the Dante Fascell visitor center open for park visitors. According to Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom, "Volunteers give a warm welcome, provide information, make a lasting impression, are valued members of our team, and make the park a great place to visit." The park will provide volunteers with a uniform and training to prepare them for service as ambassadors to Biscayne National Park and the National Park Service.   Additionally, summer is the slow season affording time to read up on the park's unique ecosystems and colorful human history between groups of visitors. For more information or to apply, contact Biscayne National Park Chief of Interpretation Christiana Admiral at 305-230-1144, x018 or visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/bisc and select "support your park" from the menu on the left side of the page.   

Did You Know?

sea squirts on a mangrove root

Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.