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October 07, 2014
Biscayne National Park Resumes Seasonal Camping Fees
Fees are in effect for camping and overnight marina use on Boca Chita and Elliott Keys.

October 06, 2014
Volunteer Harbor Host Opportunity in Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is looking for Harbor Host volunteers to live on Elliott Key. One or more positions are available from November 1, 2014, to March 30, 2015. All applicants must have their own boat.

September 30, 2014
Improving Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne National Park
To protect park resources as well as the safety and welfare of visitors, Biscayne National Park is partnering with other agencies during Columbus Day weekend, October 10-13. It is traditionally the most dangerous weekend of the year for those visiting the park by boat.

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.

Did You Know?

Pat Cummins' painting of mangroves at Adams Key

Rotating art exhibits in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery highlight the works of both established and emerging artists who are inspired by the park's natural beauty.