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.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks and marina at Elliott Key and the visitor center grounds. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are closed until the repairs are complete. University Dock on Elliott Key remains open for day use only. More »
The Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery
Artists have always played a crucial role in increasing awareness and inspiring stewardship of National Parks. Opened in 2002, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery provides a space where contemporary artists, inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park and South Florida, can show their work. Past shows have included color and black-and-white photography, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, drawings, fiber, ceramics, collage and sculpture. Shows typically include a "Meet the Artist" reception, made possible by our sponsors.
The gallery is open from 9:00 to 4:30 every day.For more information, please call the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at 305-230-7275. You can subscribe to the Gallery's e-mail list by sending a message here with the words ART LIST in the subject line.
Through June 1, 2014
Biscayne Bay's Wild Western Shoreline
Constance Mier's stunning photographs of birds and other wild parts of Biscayne Bay are featured in the latest show in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. Biscayne Bay's Wild Western Shoreline: Photography from a Canoe features several dozen images, all taken in Biscayne Bay, and all taken from a canoe, and runs through Sunday, June 1, 2014. In collaboration with Baynanza, Miami-Dade County's annuaI celebration of Biscayne Bay, the park will host a "Meet the Artist" Reception — featuring refreshments, a talk by the artist, and (cloud cover permitting) a spectacular full moon rise over the water — will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at the Gallery located at 9700 SW 328 Street, 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida. The show is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 through June 1, 2014. Admission is free.
"The perspective – down close to water level – is just one aspect of what makes these photographs so beautiful," said the gallery coordinator, Park Ranger Gary Bremen. "Add in great composition, innovative use of natural light and insightful labeling, and this is an exhibit folks won't want to miss."
Constance Mier is a wildlife and nature photographer who derives inspiration from her canoe explorations of the wilderness. Living in Miami, Florida, she can easily access Biscayne Bay and the Everglades. As a result, her photographs offer a rare glimpse of these beautiful wilderness areas, as seen from a canoe. Her images can be seen on her website at www.ConstanceMierPhotography.com.
Biscayne Bay's Wild Western Shoreline is part of the park's Community Artists Program, started in 1997 as an outlet for the works of artists who are inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park. The program is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of Sedano's Supermarkets and the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additionally, this show is being promoted through the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economics Resources Department, sponsors of Baynanza 2014.
For more details about the exhibit, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc or contact park ranger Gary Bremen at 305-230-1144, x007. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS , or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.
Other Upcoming Shows
Pastels by Tom Weinkle
Mixed Media Painting by Linda Oldenberg
Piecing Together a Changing Planet
Ceramics by Anne Gorden-Vega
Did You Know?
In 2001, scientists taking a plant inventory in Biscayne National Park discovered a population of semaphore pricklypear cactus, one of the world's rarest plants. Previously known as only 9 plants in the lower Florida Keys, the new population numbered 570 plants...over 60 times the previous count.