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    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.

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September 19, 2014
Biscayne National Park Receives Ticket to Ride Grant from the National Park Foundation
Biscayne National Park is one of 65 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The grant will allow students to participate in the Biscayne Explorer Program, where students mimic the inventorying and monitoring practices of park biologists.

September 04, 2014
Final Input Sought on Biscayne National Park Management Plan
Another round of public workshops to discuss Biscayne National Park's General Management Plan will be held September 22, 23 and 24, 2014.

August 21, 2014
Linda Oldenburg’s Upcycled: Canvases from the Sea Features Paintings on Marine Debris
Painter and Miami-Dade County school teacher Linda Oldenburg’s paintings on marine debris will fill Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery starting September 12, 2014. Upcycled: Canvases from the Sea features park scenery created in acrylics and pastels on actual pieces of flotsam and jetsam found by Oldenburg and park staff.

August 04, 2014
Biscayne National Park Law Enforcement Going Wireless
Law enforcement patrol boats at Biscayne National Park are being outfitted with rugged new computer systems. The new technology allows park rangers to connect directly into a central database for tracking crime related information.

July 25, 2014
New National Champion Tree in Biscayne National Park
A new national champion tree, a seven-year-apple (Casasia clusiifolia), was crowned in Biscayne National Park. The seven-year-apple joins four other trees in the park receiving the 2014 national champion designation from American Forests.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to South Florida National Parks Creates $206 Million in Economic Benefit and Over 2,700 Jobs
A new National Park Service report shows that over two and a half million visitors to the national parks in South Florida, spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported over 2,700 jobs in South Florida. In Biscayne National Park a half million visitors spent over $29 million and sustained 374 jobs in the local area.

July 16, 2014
Lobster Sport Season in Biscayne National Park
During the July 30 and 31 Spiny Lobster Sport Season in Biscayne National Park, law enforcement rangers patrol the park around the clock to ensure public safety and legal lobster harvests. Park employees are stationed at local marinas to provide information, assist visitors with questions about the park and conduct brief but important surveys.

July 10, 2014
Biscayne National Park Volunteers Needed
Biscayne National Park is looking for volunteers to assist park visitors at the beautiful Dante Fascell Visitor Center. Volunteers greet and interact with visitors from all over the world.

July 08, 2014
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Biscayne National Park Intern
Kristian Rogers, an intern at Biscayne National Park, was awarded a Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation scholarship for his graduate work at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Kristian is testing the efficiency of a recently developed lionfish trap as a method of lionfish management in the park.

June 26, 2014
Biscayne National Park Volunteers Win National Award
The George and Helen Hartzog Award for outstanding volunteer group goes to the Coastal Cleanup Corporation!

June 13, 2014
Biscayne and Everglades National Parks Campaign to Improve Boating Safety
Biscayne and Everglades National Parks are teaming up to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The campaign, called Operation Dry Water, will be held June 27-29, 2014.

June 05, 2014
Endangered Schaus’ Swallowtail Butterfly Release in Biscayne National Park
Endangered Schaus’ swallowtail butterflies are currently found only on a single island in Biscayne National Park. A collection and captive breeding operation, begun in 2012 in an effort to save the butterfly from extinction, has shown initial success.

June 02, 2014
Biscayne National Park Welcomes New Citizens in Celebration of Star-Spangled Banner’s Bicentennial
On Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, Biscayne National Park, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History will kick off a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner by welcoming 21 new citizens at a ceremony to be held at 3:30 pm at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center.

May 29, 2014
Tom Weinkle’s Watercolors: Beneath the Surface Opens at Biscayne National Park Gallery
Painter and Miami native Tom Weinkle’s newest works will fill Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery starting June 6, 2014.

May 28, 2014
Final Biscayne National Park Fishery Management Plan Released
Biscayne National Park released its Fishery Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement this week. The plan aims to improve fishery resource conditions, increase abundance and size of fish commonly targeted by anglers, and provide better fishing experiences for future generations. The National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) collaborated on this plan, which is more than 10 years in the making.

May 01, 2014
Campgrounds in Biscayne National Park are Free for Summer Season
Campers willing to brave seasonally heavy insect populations may camp for free in Biscayne National Park campgrounds on Boca Chita Key and Elliott Key. The park waives docking and camping fees annually from May 1 through September 30.

April 22, 2014
Baynanza and Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day in Biscayne National Park
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9 AM to 12 PM, Biscayne National Park is joining with communities throughout Miami-Dade County in support of Baynanza and the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day. As part of this event the park is hosting over 120 volunteers who are helping to restore Biscayne Bay, one of South Florida's most precious natural resources.

April 15, 2014
Biscayne National Park’s Elliott Key Reopens after 18-month Closure Resulting from Hurricane Sandy
After an 18-month closure as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy, Biscayne National Park's Elliott Key will reopen at 8:00 am on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

April 14, 2014
Most Successful Season Ever for “Alternative Break” Program
Biscayne National Park’s popular Alternative Break program for college students experienced one of the most successful seasons ever. The season was exceptional because volunteers removed a record of over 13,000 pounds of trash from park shorelines, and along with the college student participants, South Florida residents were involved in the beach clean-ups.

April 08, 2014
Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest Season 14 Concludes with “A Sesame Street Salute”
The fuzzy monsters, giant birds and math-loving vampires that live on Sesame Street are heading to Biscayne National Park on Sunday, April 13, from 1-4 p.m. for the final event in Biscayne National Park’s fourteenth season of Family Fun Fest.

April 07, 2014
Last Stop for Homestead National Parks Trolley Season
Only the last few weekends of April are left in the season to take advantage of the popular Homestead National Parks Trolley. The trolley, which attracted nearly 4,000 riders since it began operating in January, is the only available public transportation to surrounding national parks from downtown Homestead.

March 27, 2014
Archaeological Surf and Turf: Current Archaeological Investigations in Biscayne National Park - Presentation and Luncheon
On Friday, April 4, 2014, Joshua Marano, a registered professional archaeologist at Biscayne National Park, will speak about current archaeological investigations in the park. The luncheon and presentation take place at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, 2484 South Bayshore Drive.

Did You Know?

manatees

Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.