September 23, 2017
Boca Chita Key at Biscayne National Park reopens on Saturday, September 23
Boca Chita Key at Biscayne National Park reopened on Saturday, September 23, welcoming visitors for the first time since Hurricane Irma hit Florida 12 days ago.
July 19, 2017
New Mooring Buoys Installed in Biscayne National Park
Six new mooring buoys were installed around the Fowey Rocks lighthouse in the northeast corner of Biscayne National Park. These buoys will help visitors to secure boats and enjoy park recreational activities, and also protect reefs from anchoring damage.
May 24, 2017
Opportunity to Provide Offers for Concession Tours in Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park released a prospectus outlining a business opportunity to provide offers on a concession contract. The new contract includes visitor boat trips to scenic park islands. Tours will depart from Dinner Key Marina in Miami and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Convoy Point near Homestead.
March 14, 2017
Half a Million Biscayne National Park Visitors in 2016
Biscayne National Park recorded 514,708 visits in 2016, the centennial year of the National Park Service. While there were only slightly more visitors to the park in 2016 than the 508,163 visitors recorded in 2015, camping and tour visits increased by 10% and 11% respectively.
March 06, 2017
Who You Calling Spineless? Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest Explores Invertebrates
Just because an animal has no backbone does not mean it is wimpy! Biscayne National Park continues the 17th season of its award-winning Family Fun Fest series on March 12, 2017 with a look at a few of the park’s many invertebrates — animals without backbones. The free event takes place from 1-4 pm
February 06, 2017
Youngest National Parks Traveler to Visit Biscayne National Park
On February 9, 2017, Mikah Meyer is visiting Biscayne National Park as part of a three year quest to visit every national park in the United States. Biscayne is park number 114 on his non-stop journey to be the youngest person to experience all of America’s national parks.
February 02, 2017
Encounters: Friend or Foe? Exhibit Highlights Plant and Animal Interactions in Biscayne National Park
Tropical Botanic Artists, a collective of South Florida botanical illustrators, created an exhibit highlighting some of the many interactions between species in the park. Encounters: Friend or Foe? will be on display in the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery from March 10 through May 14, 2017.
January 12, 2017
Park After Dark Programs at Biscayne National Park
Park After Dark programs featuring ranger guided boat tours on scenic Biscayne Bay and a concert by singer/songwriter Grant Livingston take place from January 21 until April 15, 2017, at Biscayne National Park.
January 03, 2017
In Cold Blood: Family Fun Fest Explores Biscayne National Park’s Reptiles
Sea Turtles, crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles (welcome and not!) call Biscayne National Park home, and the January edition of Family Fun Fest will take an up-close look at a few of the park’s reptiles on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
December 29, 2016
Earth • Air • Water: Biscayne National Park Gallery Exhibit Features Fiber Art by Melani Kane Brewer
The newest exhibit in Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery features twenty-one pieces of three-dimensional fabric art created by South Florida fiber artist Melani Kane Brewer.
November 14, 2016
Biscayne’s Fantastic Beasts: Family Fun Fest Explores Biscayne National Park’s Animal Life
Beasts come in all sizes and shapes. The 17th season of Biscayne National Park’s multi-award winning Family Fun Fest will explore Biscayne’s fantastic beasts, from tiny plankton to manatees and crocodiles. The series kicks off on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The events are free and take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month from December through April.
October 04, 2016
Biscayne National Park Closure for Hurricane Matthew
Biscayne National Park is closing at 5:30 PM today in preparation for the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is being closed along with park islands including Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key and Adams Key. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
August 18, 2016
Air Tour Operators On Board to Protect Biscayne National Park Resources
Commercial air tour operators Miami Seaplane Tours and Wings are taking their flights to a new level in Biscayne National Park. Air tour management agreements were recently signed that will protect park resources and visitors.
August 16, 2016
Biscayne National Park Celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday with Citizenship Ceremonies, Sunrise Photography, Music, Birthday Parties, and more.
Biscayne National Park Celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday with Citizenship Ceremonies, Sunrise Photography, Music, Birthday Parties, and more.
July 13, 2016
Latino Heritage Week at Biscayne National Park
Latino Conservation Week at Biscayne National Park will be held July 16 - July 24, 2016. It features free canoe tours, talks, activities and classes at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
April 26, 2016
Biscayne National Park Welcomes 100 New Americans in Honor of the 100th National Park Service Birthday
Biscayne National Park is hosting eight separate ceremonies to welcome at least 100 new citizens in the four months leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The ceremonies begin at 9:00 and 11:00 AM on May 5 and 6, July 15 and August 25, 2016, are open to the public and take place in the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
April 21, 2016
Tourism to Biscayne National Park Creates $32 Million in Economic Benefits and Supports 450 Jobs
A new National Park Service report shows that 508,000 visitors to Biscayne National Park in 2015 spent $32 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 450 jobs in the local area.
April 19, 2016
Lobster Poachers Caught and Vessel Forfeited in Biscayne National Park
On May 9, 2015, Biscayne National Park and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers conducted a safety and marine fisheries inspection on the commercial fishing vessel “El Donny.” The inspection ultimately resulted in filed charges, a plea agreement and sentencing.
April 18, 2016
Biscayne National Park Joins National Park Geotour
Biscayne National Park joined the new Find Your Park GeoTour launched today by Geocaching HQ in Seattle, Washington. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial and the Find Your Park campaign, Geocaching HQ created a customized presentation - a GeoTour - of geocaching opportunities at national parks and partner places across the country.
March 22, 2016
Your Biscayne Photography Exhibit Captures Personal Relationships with Biscayne National Park
The park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery features photographs by Eilyn Agurre that capture the everyday ways that people enjoy and experience the park. The free exhibit is open until May 30, 2016. The public is invited to meet the artist during a reception on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
March 08, 2016
Improve Fishing Skills at Free Biscayne National Park Class
The experience and wisdom of boat captains and scientists combine in free fishing classes taught by Biscayne National Park experts. The three and a half hour classes, offered in English and Spanish, begin at 6:00 PM on April 6, July 20, October 26 and December 14, 2016.
March 03, 2016
Wild for Wildlife! Family Fun Fest Explores Animals Past and Present in Our National Parks
When most people think of national parks, wildlife is among the first things that come to mind. On Sunday, March 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest theme will be “Wild for Wildlife!” featuring activities from five different parks.
March 01, 2016
Biscayne National Park’s Charles Lawson Receives National Park Service Stewardship Award
The National Park Service announced the Appleman-Judd-Lewis Awards for Excellence in Cultural Resources Stewardship and Management. Biscayne National Park archaeologist Charles Lawson was among four NPS employees who were recognized for their unique accomplishments in cultural resource preservation.
February 08, 2016
My Fellow Americans Family Fun Fest Looks at Biscayne National Park’s Presidential Connections
Four presidents spent time in Biscayne National Park and the rest are commemorated in other national parks including the White House. This Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest theme is “My Fellow Americans,” featuring activities from five of these parks.
January 27, 2016
Island Boat Tours Expanding in Biscayne National Park
Island boat tours to Boca Chita Key are expanding in a big way in a partnership between the City of Homestead, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Florida National Parks Association and the National Park Service.
January 22, 2016
Former Biscayne National Park Superintendent Receives Public Service Award
On January 8, 2016, the Everglades Coalition presented Brian Carlstrom, the former Superintendent of Biscayne National Park, with the Brian James D. Webb Public Service Award. Mr. Carlstrom was presented with the award for demonstrating exemplary leadership and a clear commitment to protecting the resources and wildlife of Biscayne National Park.
January 21, 2016
Centennial Nights LIVE! Programs at Biscayne National Park
Centennial Nights LIVE! programs featuring free, family friendly events are taking place at Biscayne National Park in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Each event begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs to 9:00 p.m., includes a small campfire and s'mores, and takes place on the grounds of the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
January 13, 2016
ParkQuest: Retrospective of Eleven National Park Residencies Exhibition in Biscayne National Park Gallery
ParkQuest is the current show in Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. It features twenty-eight paintings by Patricia Rottino Cummins created during eleven national park residencies from coast to coast. The free exhibit is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily through February 28, 2016.
January 12, 2016
Florida National Parks Host 100-Mile Paddle Challenge for National Park Service Centennial
Florida’s eleven national parks joined forces to honor the National Park Service Centennial with a 100-mile paddle challenge. The challenge kicks off at 10:00 am on January 23, 2016, at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center. A brief ceremony and photo op will be followed by a ranger-guided paddle and lessons for those just getting into the sport.
January 06, 2016
Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest Highlights Maritime Heritage in the National Parks
There are over 80 ocean, coastal and Great Lakes parks in the National Park System, protecting hundreds of years of maritime heritage for all Americans. On Sunday, January 10 from 1- 4 pm, Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest theme will be “I’m on a Boat!,” featuring activities from 5 of these parks.
January 05, 2016
Biscayne National Park Receives National Park Foundation Grant
Biscayne National Park is one of the federal sites selected around the country to receive a student field trip grant from the National Park Foundation. The $9,000 grant will help cover the transportation costs for over 1,200 students to visit the park.
December 22, 2015
Special Homestead National Parks Trolley Service for Holiday Season
Free transportation, parking and guided tours to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks are provided as part of the special Homestead National Parks Trolley service for the holiday season. The trolley runs each day from December 26 through 31, 2015, in addition to every weekend through May 1, 2016.
December 09, 2015
Find Your Park: Biscayne National Park Kicks Off Season 16 of Family Fun Fest
On Sunday, December 13 from 1- 4 pm, Biscayne National Park will kick off the 16th season of the award-winning Family Fun Fest with “Find Your Park,” a hands-on overview of just a few of America’s 409 national parks.
November 18, 2015
$99,000 in New Grants Awarded to Biscayne National Park
The South Florida National Parks Trust approved $99,000 in new grants for Biscayne National Park this year, the organization announced this week. The new grants will fund outdoor education programs for school kids, restoration projects to protect coral reefs and nesting sea turtles, new technology for law enforcement rangers and additional channel markers to promote safe boating in the park.
November 13, 2015
Find Your Park: Family Fun Fest Explores National Park Connections
In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the 16th season of Biscayne National Park’s multi-award winning Family Fun Fest will explore Biscayne’s connections to some of the 407 other national parks. The series kicks off on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
October 28, 2015
Biscayne National Park Welcomes New Citizens with U.S. Army Band's Brass Quintet
Biscayne National Park and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are hosting ceremonies welcoming dozens of new citizens on Friday, October 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. for adults and 1:00 p.m. for kids. The U.S. Army Band's Brass Quintet is performing a mini-concert from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
October 22, 2015
Homestead National Parks Trolley Partnership Receives National Award
The Homestead National Parks Trolley received the prestigious 2015 National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award. It recognizes the most significant accomplishments achieved by parks and outside groups working together on projects that provide lasting benefits for parks and communities.
October 08, 2015
Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne National Park 2015
Biscayne National Park is partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies during Columbus Day weekend, October 10-12, 2015. As part of the effort to protect park resources and the safety and welfare of visitors, reduced navigational speeds will be enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard in the Intracoastal Waterway. Columbus Day weekend is traditionally the most dangerous weekend of the year for those visiting the park by boat.
October 07, 2015
Biscayne National Park Hosting Lancelot Jones Day Event
Biscayne National Park is hosting a special event in commemoration of Lancelot Jones Day. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. to Noon on Monday, October 12, 2015, at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. State and county representatives and commissioners are joining park staff to speak about the importance of the Jones family to the park and the region.
September 30, 2015
Campground Fee Changes for Biscayne National Park
Beginning October 1, 2015, the fee for camping and docking at Biscayne National Park campgrounds will increase from $20 to $25 per night. Campground fees have not changed in many years despite increased operating costs, hurricane damage and tightened budgets.
September 08, 2015
Biscayne National Park’s General Management Plan Record of Decision is Signed
On August 31, 2015, National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. The plan is designed to restore the coral reef ecosystem and improve visitor experiences in the park.
August 31, 2015
Biscayne National Park Reopened after Tropical Storm Erika
Visitor facilities at Biscayne National Park reopened after Tropical Storm Erika. At 10 am on Sunday, August 30, 2015, all park islands and the mainland area at Convoy Point reopened to the public.
August 28, 2015
Biscayne National Park Closures in Preparation for Tropical Storm Erika
As Tropical Storm Erika approaches southeast Florida, Biscayne National Park has instituted a shutdown in accordance with its hurricane plan.
August 19, 2015
Biscayne National Park Welcomes 20 New Citizens on 99th Birthday of the National Park Service
In cooperation with US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Biscayne National Park will host a ceremony welcoming 20 new citizens on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:30 am. The ceremony coincides with the 99th birthday of the National Park Service.
August 18, 2015
Palette Knife Artists of Miami Feature Mangroves in Biscayne National Park Gallery Show
Thick, bold strokes of paint on canvas make the latest show at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery literally stand out from other shows. The Palette Knife Artists of Miami’s latest show is “Florida Mangroves: The Silent Sentinels,” showing daily from August 21 through November 15, 2015.
August 05, 2015
Commercial Air Tour Management Agreements Available for Review
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service announce the availability of two draft air tour management agreements for commercial air tour operations at Biscayne National Park for public review.
July 15, 2015
Historic Preservation Award Presented to Biscayne National Park and Partners
A Chairman's Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation was presented to Biscayne National Park and partners by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Park partners and recipients of the award include Diving With a Purpose, the National Association of Black Scuba Divers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
June 18, 2015
Warden from Democratic Republic of the Congo Hosted by Biscayne and Everglades National Parks
Biscayne and Everglades National Parks are hosting Ghislain Somba, a Warden at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
June 05, 2015
Final Biscayne National Park General Management Plan Released
Biscayne National Park released its final General Management Plan designed to restore the park's coral reef ecosystem and improve visitor experiences.
June 04, 2015
Convoy Point Channel Cleared by Biscayne National Park Volunteers
On June 3, 2015, Biscayne National Park employees and volunteers cleared the Convoy Point Channel of debris to provide safer passageways for boats and wildlife as well as enhance the attraction of the area for visitors. It is an example of change brought about from ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
June 01, 2015
In Deep with Diatoms Botanical Illustrations Exhibit Opens in Biscayne National Park Gallery
The beautiful and diverse single-celled algaes known as diatoms are the subject of the next show in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery, on display from June 5 to August 16, 2015.
May 29, 2015
Biscayne National Park and Partners Receive Two National Park Service Centennial Grants
Biscayne National Park, the South Florida National Parks Trust, the City of Homestead and Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund recently received 2015 National Park Service Centennial Challenge Grants.
May 18, 2015
Fowey Rocks Lighthouse in Biscayne National Park Listed as One of Florida’s Most Endangered Historic Places
The Fowey Rocks Lighthouse in Biscayne National Park was listed by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the eleven most endangered historic sites in Florida. The Fowey Rocks Lighthouse is included along with five other reef lighthouses in the Florida Keys.
May 01, 2015
Campground Fee Changes in Biscayne National Park
Free camping is available at Biscayne National Park campgrounds from May 1 through September 30, 2015. Beginning October 1, 2015, regular fees will increase from $20 to $25 per night.
April 30, 2015
Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches in Biscayne National Park Cleared by Alternative Break Volunteers
In the past four months Alternative Break program volunteers removed over seven tons of marine debris from sea turtle nesting beaches in Biscayne National Park.Nearly 200 volunteers from sixteen universities and local organizations helped restore park beaches and greatly improve the chances of nesting success for threatened and endangered sea turtles.
April 23, 2015
Tourism to Biscayne National Park creates $32 Million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service report shows that 525,745 visitors to Biscayne National Park in 2014 spent $32,351,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 459 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $44,794,000.
April 15, 2015
180 Foot Pipe Removed From Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park
A 180 foot long and 6,000 pound plastic pipe was removed from the shoreline of Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park. The pipe washed up on a beach where sea turtles nest.
April 14, 2015
National Find Your Voice Initiative Kicks off in Biscayne and Everglades National Parks to Inspire and Empower New Generation of National Park Advocates
Day-long activities will begin in the Gateway City of Homestead with a free national park trolley ride taking participants to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. While at Biscayne, from 10am to 2pm, lunch will be available and participants can join students from Mahogany Youth for fishing and kayak lessons. Boat rides will also be available with a firsthand encounter from (a reenactor of) the legendary Lancelot Jones about his role in the creation of Biscayne National Park.
April 07, 2015
Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest Marks Its Quinceañera
The fifteenth season of Biscayne National Park's multi-award winning Family Fun Fest wraps up this Sunday, and appropriately, the theme of the event is Quinceañera, highlighting the program's growth and maturity through analogies with the popular coming-of-age rituals for Hispanic girls.
March 16, 2015
Biscayne National Park Formalizes Partnership with Wildlife Rescue of Dade County
Biscayne National Park recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with local wildlife rehabilitation organization Wildlife Rescue of Dade County. This partnership will allow WRDC to assist park staff in responding to wildlife injuries and strandings in the park.
March 09, 2015
Black Point Marina Jetty Repairs to Begin in Biscayne National Park
Repair work to the Black Point Marina jetty in Biscayne National Park is set to begin March 16, 2015. The end of the jetty and the Black Creek trail will be closed to entry for four weeks while construction work is completed. Contractors and park employees are expected to finish the $103,000 project in two months.
March 04, 2015
Inside Edition: Sponge Bob Highlights the REAL Stories at Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest
The March installment of Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest highlights the real stories of some of the characters in the popular Sponge Bob cartoons and movies. The free event takes place from 1-4 pm on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
February 26, 2015
Clayworks by Anne Gorden-Vega Featured in Biscayne National Park Gallery Show
Ceramic artist Anne Gorden-Vega has created a body of work inspired by Biscayne National Park that will be on display in the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery from March 6 through May 31, 2015.
February 25, 2015
Elliott Key Maintenance Dock Construction Beginning in Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park contractors will begin work on February 25, 2015, to demolish and rebuild a maintenance dock at Elliott Key. Contractors are expected to finish the $1.5 million project in six months. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are not included in the construction work and will remain open while the work is completed.
February 17, 2015
Biscayne National Park Hosts Climate Change on the South Florida Coastline: A Dialog on Parks and Restoration
At 2:00 on Sunday, February 22, 2015, Biscayne National Park will host a talk by National Park Service researchers Dr. Erik Stabenau and Dr. David Rudnik titled Climate Change on the South Florida Coast: A Dialogue on Parks and Restoration.
February 11, 2015
Biscayne National Park and US Citizenship and Immigration Services Welcome 300 New Americans
On February 17 and 18, 2015, 300 individuals will become U.S. citizens at Biscayne National Park…a place that now belongs to them as it does to all Americans. The ceremonies, open to the public, take place at 10:00 am on both Tuesday, February 17 and Wednesday, February 18 at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
February 03, 2015
Oodles of Ologies: Real Science at Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest
Scientists study all kinds of interesting things like fish, rocks, waterflow and climate. Lots of scientists do their work in Biscayne National Park, and this month's edition of Family Fun Fest highlights five sciences with hands-on opportunities to learn about different aspects of the park. The free event takes place from 1-4 pm on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
January 30, 2015
First Annual Homestead Eco-Fair to Celebrate Trolley Partnership and Environmental Stewardship
The first annual Homestead Eco-Fair will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Losner Park in downtown Homestead. It will be a perfect day to enjoy several free activities with the family.
January 04, 2015
Biscayne Bowl Family Fun Fest
What does football have to do with Biscayne National Park? You'll be rather surprised if you join us for Family Fun Fest, a free event chock full of hands-on and interactive activities for the whole family!
December 17, 2014
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Free Trolley Visits to Your National Parks!
Take advantage of this special Homestead National Parks Trolley service running every day December 26 through 31, 2014.
November 20, 2014
Homestead National Parks Trolley Returns to Meet Growing Demand
Homestead's award-winning National Parks Trolley returns from November 22, 2014 through April 26, 2015 with more tour times to meet growing demand.
November 13, 2014
Nationally-touring Art Quilt Exhibit Debuts in Biscayne National Park Gallery
A juried show of twenty-six art quilts created by 22 Florida artists will debut in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. The show, titled Piecing Together a Changing Planet, highlights a few of the many ways that America's 401 National Parks are being impacted by climate change, water pollution, air pollution and other human-caused phenomena.
November 12, 2014
New and Expanded Seasonal Programs at Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is offering new and expanded free programs and events from November 22, 2014, to April 30, 2015. Manatee walks, shoreline snorkeling, guided canoe trips, dip-netting programs, Family Fun Fest events, porch talks and other fun and educational activities are included.
November 10, 2014
Free Homestead Trolley Tours for NASCAR Fans to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks
NASCAR event fans may enjoy a special opportunity to ride the Homestead National Parks Trolley on Thursday, November 13, 2014, to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks.
November 04, 2014
REAL Science: 15 Years of Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest
The 15th season of Biscayne National Park's multi-award winning Family Fun Fest kicks off on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The events are free and take place on the second Sunday of every month from December through April.
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.
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.
March 05, 2014
Biscayne Bay’s Wild Western Shoreline: Photography from a Canoe by Constance Mier Opens at Biscayne National Park
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. The show features several dozen images, all taken in Biscayne Bay, and all taken from a canoe, and runs through Sunday, June 1, 2014.
March 04, 2014
Down on the Farm Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest Explores Park Agricultural Heritage
Twenty years before homesteaders were farming in Homestead, the islands now included in Biscayne National Park were homesteaded as well, with farmers growing pineapples, key limes and tomatoes. Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest will expand on some of those agricultural themes on Sunday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m. The free event takes place at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9 miles east of Homestead.
March 03, 2014
Tourism to Biscayne National Park Creates 29 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit and Supports 376 Jobs in Local Economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 495,613 visitors to Biscayne National Park in 2012 spent $29 million in surrounding communities. That spending supported 376 jobs in the local area.
February 25, 2014
Lionfish Workshops Presented by Biscayne National Park Expert
Free lionfish workshops will be presented by Biscayne National Park expert Ana Zangroniz.
February 24, 2014
Water Bottle Filling Stations Installed in Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is installing two water bottle filling stations at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center to provide clean, filtered water in a convenient and environmentally friendly way, to park visitors.
February 20, 2014
Temporary Closure of Historic Boca Chita Key Lighthouse
Iron railings on top of the Boca Chita Key lighthouse in Biscayne National Park are damaged and in need of repair. As a result of the damage the structure is unsafe and closed to the public at least for two months.
February 19, 2014
Junior Birder Event at Biscayne National Park
On Sunday, March 9, from 10 am until 12 pm, Biscayne National Park and the Tropical Audubon Society are presenting a free Junior Birder event. Participants may field-sketch birds, use binoculars and field guides with Tropical Audubon Society volunteers, and learn how to identify birds.
January 29, 2014
Biscayne Wintergames and Family Fun Fest Salute to the Olympics
Let the Russians have their snow and join in some different events at the “Biscayne Wintergames!” As the Olympic Games highlight athletic prowess this month in Sochi, Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest puts on some games of its own on Sunday, February 9 from 1-4 p.m.
January 15, 2014
Maritime Archaeologist to Speak About the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park
On January 24, 2014, maritime archaeologist Joshua Marano will provide an introduction to the archaeological resources of Biscayne National Park, especially the park’s Maritime Heritage Trail. The talk takes place at 7:30 PM at the Divers Direct in Coral Gables.
January 10, 2014
Repairs Begun to Marina and Boardwalks in Biscayne National Park
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks, docks and a marina at Elliott Key and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center grounds at Convoy Point.
January 09, 2014
Alternative Break Program Begins at Biscayne National Park
A new season of the popular “Alternative Break” program for college students at Biscayne National Park begins this month with the first group of student volunteers scheduled to arrive on Friday, January 17, 2014, for a week of volunteer service.
January 08, 2014
Wrestling with Trash - Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park
Marine debris washing in on Biscayne National Park’s shorelines is a huge problem that staff wrestles with on a regular basis. This month’s Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park takes that “wrestling” part to the extreme as a group of tough-as-nails wrestlers gang up to defeat the ever-present evil of too much trash.
December 31, 2013
Celebration of the Launch of the Free Homestead Trolley to Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park invites the public to join the celebration on Saturday, January 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., of the launch of the free Homestead Trolley to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks
December 18, 2013
Introduction of Seasonal Programs and Events at Biscayne National Park
This winter and spring, Biscayne National Park is offering an expanded variety of free programs and activities including guided canoe trips, Family Fun Fest programs, porch talks, walks, fishing and grounding awareness classes, and junior ranger programs.
November 27, 2013
The Hungry Games: Biscayne National Park Launches 14th Season of Family Fun Fest
Survival is never easy, especially if you're hungry. Biscayne's animals have some pretty cool ways of getting the food they need.
November 21, 2013
In the Park - Outta the Box - Outsider Art Exhibit Opens in Biscayne National Park Gallery
In collaboration with The Outsider Gallery of Cutler Bay, Biscayne National Park will host an exhibit of outsider art inspired by the park from December 6, 2013 through February 23, 2014.
November 20, 2013
New Markers Installed on Fragile Park Shoals
In an effort to protect fragile seagrass shoals and improve boater safety, Biscayne National Park recently completed the installation of fourteen fixed shoal markers around the Featherbed Banks in southern Biscayne Bay.
November 15, 2013
Supplemental Draft General Management Plan Released
The National Park Service announces that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Biscayne National Park's General Management Plan is available for public comment. All interested parties are invited to attend any of three identical public meetings.
November 07, 2013
Jones Family Historic District Listed on National Register of Historic Places
The Jones Family Historic District located in Biscayne National Park and including the former home and farm of Israel Lafayette Jones and his family, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
October 29, 2013
Family Fun Fest 2014
Biscayne National Park's multi-award-winning Family Fun Fest is back starting December 8, and features a new opportunity for parents with toddlers: Family Fun Fest JUNIOR!
October 17, 2013
Biscayne National Park Re-opens to Visitors
Biscayne National Park joins other national parks and federal agencies in returning to normal operations and welcoming visitors back following the closure that was in effect since the first day of October.
September 26, 2013
Dive Into History - New Podcast Series from Biscayne National Park Highlights Shipwrecks
A new series of podcasts on the shipwrecks of Biscayne National Park’s Maritime Heritage Trail has been released. The seven podcasts include an introduction to the Trail as a whole, and 5-6 minute episodes on each of the six wrecks on the Trail.
September 23, 2013
Biscayne Birding Trail Launched
Biscayne National Park and Tropical Audubon Society launched the Biscayne Birding Trail, a fun certificate-earning program for visitors who like wildlife and the outdoors.
September 17, 2013
Biscayne National Park Discourages Boaters from Congregating in the Park over Columbus Day Weekend
Park officials are urging boaters to reconsider gathering in the park during Columbus Day Weekend (October 11-14) based on concerns for public safety and impacts to resources of national significance.
August 28, 2013
Florida's Forgotten Reefs Photography Exhibit Opens in Biscayne National Park Gallery
The South Florida Underwater Photography Society shows work featuring the reefs of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
August 27, 2013
National Park Service Signs Agreement with Great Britain to Protect 18th-Century Shipwreck
An agreement between the US and the UK will protect and aid in the management of a 265-year old British warship.
August 22, 2013
City of Homestead to Provide Free Trolley Transportation to Biscayne National Park
Free public transportation, available on weekends from approximately November to May, will be provided to Biscayne National Park from the City of Homestead.
August 19, 2013
First Documented Green Sea Turtle Nest in the History of Biscayne National Park
Biologists excavated the first documented green sea turtle nest in the history of Biscayne National Park. Sixty six green sea turtle hatchlings were assisted from the nest and released in open water.
July 15, 2013
Historic Boca Chita Key Lighthouse Undergoing Repairs
Boca Chita lighthouse renovation work being done in Biscayne National Park for a month and a half.
June 21, 2013
Water Reservation Adopted to Secure Water for Health of Biscayne Bay
The Department of Interior and Biscayne National Park are applauding the recent action of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board in voting to adopt the water reservation for the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands (BBCW) Project, Phase 1, which benefits Biscayne National Park.
June 04, 2013
Maritime Heritage Trail Snorkel Tour
Tours depart every other Saturday morning and afternoon (June 15, June 29, July 13, and July 27).
June 03, 2013
Capture of Imperiled Butterfly in Biscayne National Park Raises Hope for a Species
A single female Scahus swallowtail butterfly captured in Biscayne National Park layed a single egg last month and raises hope that the species can be brought back from the brink of extinction.
May 30, 2013
Biscayne National Park Archaeologist to Speak on Excavation of Blackbeard's Ship "Queen Anne's Revenge"
Biscayne National Park's archeologist intern Josh Marano will speak on one of his previous projects, the excavation of a pirate ship off the North Carolina coast.
May 22, 2013
Expressions of Freedom
Mayra Penaranda, of Miami, is a winner in the national "Expressions of Freedom" teen art competition.
May 15, 2013
Meet Your Biscayne Neighbours Photography Exhibit
Paul Marcellini's "Meet Your Biscayne Neighbours" exhibition features the park's plants and animals in a whole new light.
May 13, 2013
National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Joint Statement on Biscayne National Park’s General Management Plan
Representatives from the State of Florida, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the National Park Service (NPS) met in early May to continue consulting on Biscayne National Park’s General Management Plan.
April 30, 2013
Camping on Boca Chita Key is Free for Summer Season
The park waives docking and camping fees annually from May 1 through September 30.
April 26, 2013
Biscayne National Park Seeks Public Contact Volunteers
If you enjoy working with people and have a bit of free time, consider volunteering at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
April 10, 2013
Biscayne National Park Receives Large Donation for Lighthouse Restoration
Biscayne National Park will receive a $35,000 gift from the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation and the Florida Lighthouse Association to begin the initial stages of stabilization work for the iconic Fowey Rocks Lighthouse.
April 08, 2013
It's SUN-day! Family Fun Fest
The final Family Fun Fest of the 2012/2013 season takes a look at our nearest star!
March 26, 2013
Everglades and Biscayne National Parks Welcome City of Homestead Recognition as Gateway City
Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom and Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball welcome the City of Homestead’s resolution naming itself as, “The Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.” The City of Homestead approved the resolution during the March 20 Homestead City Council Meeting.
March 05, 2013
Family Fun Fest: 500 Years in the Sunshine State
Celebrate 500 years of Florida history at March 10's Family Fun Fest!
February 28, 2013
Biscayne National Park Creates $34.3 million in Economic Impact
As part of a national study of the impact of National PArks on the economy, Biscayne National Park has released its economic impact numbers.
February 24, 2013
Two Sides of Wild
A collaboration between a watercolorist and a photographer produces a unique show for the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery.
February 20, 2013
Biscayne National Park hosts the first-ever Science Symposium to share information about the park's resources with the public and among all its collaborators.
February 06, 2013
Biscayne National Park Closes Elliott Key Harbor and Campground
To prevent dangerous attempts by boat captains to swim to shore after unloading passengers and gear, Biscayne National Park is closing the designated loading and unloading slips in Elliott Key Harbor.
February 04, 2013
Family Fun Fest Salutes Hollywood!
Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest salutes Tinsel Town this month with "A Salute to Hollywood."
January 31, 2013
Biscayne National Park Reopens Designated Slips in Elliott Key Harbor for Loading and Unloading Only
Three of 33 slips in Elliott Key Harbor have been repaired and marked for loading and unloading with a ten minute stay limit.
January 30, 2013
Brian Carlstrom Named Superintendent of Biscayne National Park
Acting Southeast Regional Director Gordon Wissinger announced that Brian Carlstrom has been selected as the next Superintendent of Biscayne National Park.
December 26, 2012
Sea Star Wars Family Fun Fest
January 13th's Family Fun Fest pokes a little fun at one of the most successful movie franchises of all time with Sea Star Wars!
December 04, 2012
Park Welcomes 200 New Citizens
Two-hundred people will become US Citizens in two separate Naturalization Ceremonis hosted at the park December 9 and 10, 2012.
November 29, 2012
American All Stars Family Fun Fest
Season 13 of Family Fun Fest kicks off with a salute to great Americans commemorated at other National Parks.
November 26, 2012
Hidden Groves - Matt Stock
Matt Stock's unique photgraphic style includes layering multiple photographs together to create a single luminius image. His work will be on display in the park's Gallery through late February.
November 05, 2012
Family Fun Fest Season 13
Season 13 of the park's multi-award-winning event kicks off on December 9 with the theme of "Starpower!"
November 01, 2012
Elliott Key Partial Reopening
Most of Elliott Key has reopened after damage from Hurrican Sandy, but the harbor and boardwalk remain closed.
October 30, 2012
Elliott Key Closed Until Further Notice
Although the eye of Hurricane Sandy never came close to Biscayne National Park, significant damage to the docks and boardwalk at Elliott Key stll occurred, forcing closure of the island until further notice.
October 16, 2012
Park Accepts Ownership of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse
Biscayne National park has accepted transfer of the 134-year old Fowey Rocks Lighthouse from the US Coast Guard.
October 09, 2012
Columbus Day Weekend Recap
Over 200 law enforcement cases were made over Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne National Park.
October 07, 2012
Park Receives Ticket to Ride Grant
A grant from Disney thorugh the South Florida National Parks Trust and the National Park Foundation will provide bus transportation to Biscayne National Park for 1800 students.
October 01, 2012
Press Conference to Discuss Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne National Park
A press conference to provide information on Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne National Park will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 4 at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
September 11, 2012
Biscayne National Park Gears Up for Most Dangerous Weekend of the Year
Officials are gearing up to protect visitors, resources, and the very identity of Biscayne National Park during Columbus Day Weekend (October 5-8), traditionally the most dangerous weekend of the year.
August 28, 2012
Park Reopens After Tropical Storm Isaac
Biscayne National Park reopens all park facilities after passing of Tropical Storm Isaac.
August 24, 2012
Biscayne National Park Closes in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac
Biscayne National Park Closes in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac
June 13, 2012
Schaus Swallowtail Emergency
The number of Schaus swallowtail butterflies (a federally endangered species) found during this year's population surveys are at historic lows, prompting extraordinary measures by the park and its Federal and State partners.
June 11, 2012
Lost Keys: Biscayne's Forgotten Islands
Photographs of Biscayne National Park's lesser-known islands are on display in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center from June 15 through September 3, 2012.
May 15, 2012
Park Seeks Public Cooperation During Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Monitoring sea turtle nests in Biscayne National Park is an important task that requires cooperation and understanding from all parties.
April 24, 2012
Park Receives Planning Award
On April 19th, Biscayne National Park received the William Lyman Phillips Award from the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department in recognition of excellence in park and conservation planning.
April 03, 2012
National Park Week Photo Contest on Facebook
In the spirit of the 2012 National Park Week theme "Picture Yourself in a National Park," fans of Biscayne National Park's Facebook page can enter photos of themselves in national parks to win wealth, fame and glory.
March 29, 2012
Family Fun Fest Wraps Up Season 12 with "Skeleton Crew"
Take a long inside a whole varirty of critters to see what makes them "upstanding citizens" of the Biscayne National Park community!
March 06, 2012
"Under the Sea" Photography Exhibit at Biscayne National Park
Selected winners from the past 7 years of underwater photography contests at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science are featured in park's latest gallery exhibit.
March 05, 2012
Shipwrecks Highlighted at "Biscayne Wrecktacular" Family Fun Fest.
Five of Biscayne National
Park's shipwrecks are the focus of this month's Family Fun Fest: Biscayne Wrecktacular!
March 01, 2012
Biscayne National Park Equals Visitors, Money and Jobs for Local Economy
A new economic impact study puts dollar values on the role of the park in the local community.
February 22, 2012
New Citizens Welcomed at Biscayne National Park
On February 29, Biscayne National Park and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office will cohost a naturalization ceremony for 50 new citizens.
January 25, 2012
Family Fun Fest Looks at Animal Superpowers
Batman, Catwoman and Spiderman ain't got nuthin' on the superpowers of some of Biscayne's animals!
December 29, 2011
Poseidon and Pals Highlights Ocean Mythology at Family Fun Fest
Take a look at ocean-related mythology at this month's Family Fun Fest!
November 28, 2011
Gearing Up for Year 12 of Family Fun Fest
The twelfth season of Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest wiill have a theme of "Myth, Magic and Mystery."
November 14, 2011
"Bay Dreamings" Opens in Biscayne National Park Gallery
Oils and pastels by acclaimed regional artist John David Hawver will fill the walls of the Dante Fascell Visitor Center starting December 2, 2011
October 24, 2011
Business Opportunity at Biscayne National Park
The park's concession contract is up for bid through January 4, 2012.
October 11, 2011
Park Seeks Recollections of Homestead's "Blacks Only" Beach
The location of Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center was once a "blacks only" segregated beach. Do you remember those days?
September 28, 2011
Columbus Day Weekend 2011
Biscayne National Park is once again promoting safety as its number one priority as the busiest boating and law enforcement weekend of the year approaches.
September 05, 2011
Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea
Botanical Illustrations of macroalgae found in Biscayne National Park during 2010's BioBlitz are featured in the newest exhibit in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery.
August 26, 2011
Park Islands Reopen
With the lifting of Tropical Storm Watches, Biscayne National Park has reopened all park facilities.
August 24, 2011
Park Islands Close for Severe Weather
Severe weather associated with Hurricane Irene's outer bands have necessitated the cloasure of Biscayne National Park's islands.
August 19, 2011
Draft General Management Plan Released
Biscayne National Park is seeking feedback on ithe plan that will guide park management for the next 20-30 years.
August 08, 2011
Celebrate the 95th Birthday of the NPS
Book signings, readings, art activities and a cake will highlight the celebration of the 95th birthday of the National Park Service at Biscayne National Park.
August 05, 2011
Tropical Storm Emily and Concession Boat Tour Operations
Tropical Storm Emily impacts Concession Boat Operations
July 14, 2011
Park Prepares for Lobster "Mini-Season"
Safety and resource protection will be emphasized during the July 27 and 28 lobster sport season.
May 31, 2011
Janeen Mason's "Drawn to the Sea" Exhibit opens in Park Gallery
Children's book author and illustrator Janeen Mason shows original paintings featured in her books in "Drawn to the Sea."
May 11, 2011
Family Fun Fest Student Volunteers Receive Award
Seven students who volunteer in the park's Family Fun Fest program received an award from the Sierra Club.
May 02, 2011
Final Coral Reef Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Released
A plan for addressing injuries to coral reefs caused by vessel groundings is released.
April 18, 2011
Maritime Heritage Trail Snorkel Adventure
Ranger-guided snorkel trips on selected sites on Biscayne National Park's Maritime Heritage Trail start Saturday, May 7.
April 13, 2011
Junior Ranger Day 2011
Biscayne National Park will offer free family snorkeling trips to celebrate National Junior Ranger Day.
March 03, 2011
Biscayne: Revealed: Thomas M. Strom Photo Exhibit Opens at Biscayne National Park
Biscayne: Revealed is latest exhibit in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fsacell Visitor Center Gallery.
March 02, 2011
Aliens Invade Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest
Alien species are invading South Florida's National Parks. Learn all about them at March's Family Fun Fest.
January 17, 2011
Family Fun Fest is "Keeping Up with the Joneses"
Celebrate Black History Month with a look at the Jones family of Porgy Key.
January 13, 2011
Biscayne National Park Announces Jones Lagoon Canoe Adventure
Explore one of the park's most pristine and historical areas on an all day canoe adventure.
January 06, 2011
Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest Hosts "Musical Misfits"
What is a guitarfish, a trumpetfish, a fiddler crab and a spotted drum got together and formed a band?
December 07, 2010
The Most Waterful Time of the Year Family Fun Fest
Take a break from December's craziness with a special holiday-themed Family Fun Fest!
October 28, 2010
Joel B. McEachern's Conversations with the Light Opens at Dante Fascell Viistor Center Gallery
Natural light photography of Florida's landscapes
October 06, 2010
Aiming for a Safe Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne National Park
Safety is the top concern as on of the busiest weekends of the year hits Biscayne National Park.
June 02, 2010
A Picnic at Porgy Key: The Travelling Trunk
A new traveling trunk at Biscayne National Park allows teachers to bring the story of a pioneering African-American family into their classrooms.
May 25, 2010
Public Meeting to Discuss Coral Reef Restoration Plan & Environmental Impact Statement
A public meeting on theCoral Reef Restoration Plan takes place on Thursday, June 10 in Florida City.
May 21, 2010
Barking Up a Tree Exhibit Opens
The newest exhibit in the dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery features photographs of the bark of 25 native South Florida trees.
March 25, 2010
Best Family Fun Fest EVER
The votes are in! Participants from Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest chose their five favorite activities from the first 49 events, and we're recreating them to wrap up the tenth year of the popular event.
March 02, 2010
Liter-a-Sea: Oceans of Knowledge Family Fun Fest
The fourth installment of the 2010 Family Fun Fest series tests your Ocean Literacy.
February 23, 2010
Endangered World Opens at Biscayne National Park
The largest art installation in Biscayne National Park's history and a companion exhibit, both by Miami artist Xavier Cortada, are now open.
December 30, 2009
Family Fun Fest Continues with America's Best Idea
"Visit" some of Biscayne's sister parks when Family Fun Fest looks at "America's Best Idea."
December 07, 2009
Our Changing World Kicks Off 10th Season of Biscayne National Park's
Family Fun Fest
Global Climate Change is literally at the top of the worl'ds agenda this week, and so it is as Biscayne National Park kicks off the tenth anniversary season of Family Fun Fest as well.
November 18, 2009
Xavier Cortada to Mount Major Installation
In celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity, Biscayne hosts a new installation to call attention to the plight of endangered species.
November 16, 2009
Family Fun Fest Gears up for 10th Anniversary Season
The tenth season of Biscayne National Park's award-winning Family Fun Fest kicks off on December 13...one month earlier than usual.
November 05, 2009
Hanging Out in Biscayne National Park Opens at Biscayne National Park gallery
The photographs of Brian Trainor are featured in the newest show at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
October 08, 2009
Boaters Urged To Stay Parked After Dark Over Columbus Day Weekend
As Biscayne National Park staff prepare for the large crowds expected to utilize the park during Columbus Day weekend, concerns arise over protecting life, property and the natural resources of the park.
September 24, 2009
Help Biscayne Make America's Best Idea Even Better!
Biscayne National Park joins with national parks across the country for a National Day of Service and Celebration.
September 01, 2009
Butterflies of Biscayne
Butterflies of Biscayne is the newest exhibit in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery.
August 24, 2009
Draft Environmental Impact Statement For Fishery Management Plan is Available for Public Review
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the availability of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a series of public meetings on Biscayne National Park’s Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
August 13, 2009
Park Celebrates NPS' 93rd Birthday
Biscayne National Park celebrates the National Park Service's 93rd birthday on August 23rd with cake, a pinata and the South Florida premiere of Ken Burns' new film "This is America."
August 10, 2009
GMP Marine Reserve Zone Public Comment Period Extended Through August 17 2009
No abstract supplied.
July 20, 2009
Park Readies for Two-Day Lobster Mini-Season
No abstract supplied.
July 08, 2009
Park Hosts the Great Annual Fish Count
No abstract supplied.
July 01, 2009
Mooring Buoy and Marker Plan and EA Public Meetings
Biscayne National Park will be conducting public scoping meetings for the proposed Mooring Buoy and Marker Plan and Environmental Assessment on July 7th, 8th and 9th. The 45 day public comment period for this Plan ends July 31, 2009.
July 01, 2009
Park Holds Public Meetings to Discuss Marine Reserve Areas
Biscayne National Park will be conducting public scoping meetings to discuss the possible inclusion of Marine Reserve Zone(s) (no fishing area) within the General Management Plan on July 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
June 26, 2009
Venomous Lionfish Captured in Biscayne National Park
No abstract supplied.
May 18, 2009
Scott Kraynak's Inspired Opens at Biscayne National Park Gallery
Colored Pencil artist and park ranger Scott Kraynak opens his first solo exhibition in the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery.
April 30, 2009
A Salute to Mom! Family Fun Fest
The final Family Fun Fest of 2009 takes place on Mother's Day, so the theme is "A Salute to Mom!"
April 07, 2009
Celebrate National Park Week with Special Programs
Celebrate Baynanza, Dade Heritage Days, National Park Week and more with a variety of special program during April.
March 30, 2009
Spring Has Sprung Family Fun Fest
Bunnies, colored eggs and baskets are springtime standards, but what’s the real story?
February 11, 2009
Legacy from the Past Family Fun Fest
For 10,000 years, people have spent time on the waters and islands of Biscayne National Park. Who were they? What did they do? What did they leave behind?
February 10, 2009
Vanessa Bryson's Fish Eye Opens at Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery
Large format watercolor batiks on silk offer a "Fish Eye" interpretation of Biscayne National Park by artist Vanessa Bryson.
February 03, 2009
Amazing Adaptations Family Fun Fest
Celebrate the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth with a look at the "Amazing Adaptations" exhibited by some of the park's plants and animals.
January 20, 2009
Biscayne National Park Seeks Volunteers for Coral Nursery
If you are interested in helping to make a difference for South Florida's coral reefs, this is the volunteer opportunity for you!
January 04, 2009
Lost in the 60s Family Fun Fest
The 2009 Family Fun Fest season gets underway with a salute to the 1960s.
December 11, 2008
Family Fun Fest 2009
The 2009 edition of Family Fun Fest kicks off in January.
November 09, 2008
Reefs for the Future Photography Exhibit Opens
Winners of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium Photography Contest will be on display in the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery through February 22, 2009.
October 06, 2008
Park and Partners Celebrate 40 Years Of Preservation
Biscayne National Park, the South Florida National Parks Trust and the National Parks Conservation Association are joining together to recognize the 40th Anniversary of the park’s establishment.
September 06, 2008
Park Closes As Hurricane Ike Nears
As Hurricane Ike approaches south Florida, Biscayne National Park institutes a temporary closure in accordance with its Hurricane Plan.
Effective 1:00 p.m. on Sunday September 7, 2008, all park facilities (including those on Boca Chita, Elliott and Adams Keys) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead), boat tours, and visitor services will be closed to the public. The Park waters will remain open for vessel transit. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
August 20, 2008
Park Reopens as Tropical Storm Fay Leave South Florida
No abstract supplied.
August 17, 2008
Across the Bay Photography Exhibit Opens
Fine Art Photographer John D. Andersen opens a new show at Biscayne national Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
August 17, 2008
Park Closes As Tropical Storm Fay Nears
Effective 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2008, all park facilities are closed in preparation for Tropical Storm Fay.
July 22, 2008
Biscayne National Park Readies for Lobster "Mini-Season"
July 30 and 31 are the dates for the 2008 Lobster Sport Season, also known as "Mini-Season."
July 16, 2008
Coral Reef National Parks Featured at the International Coral Reef Symposium
No abstract supplied.
July 04, 2008
Join Us For Our Great Annual Fish Count
On Saturday, July 19, Biscayne National Park and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), in cooperation with the Biscayne Underwater Park, Inc. will host the Great Annual Fish Count.
June 08, 2008
Celebrate Fathers Day With Reduced Price Boat Trip
No abstract supplied.
May 06, 2008
Nature's Mirror Art Exhibition Opens
Oil paintings of reflections are featured in Betsy Kreisberg's solo show at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
May 04, 2008
Mangrove Mania Family Fun Fest
The eighth season of Biscayne National Park's popular Family Fun Fest events concludes with a look at the park's mainland forest.
May 02, 2008
Closure to Manage Damaged Reef Sites Announced
Due to the ongoing investigation for the M/Y Natalita III grounding, specific areas located south of Pacific Reef Channel as closed to the public.
April 25, 2008
Centennial Challenge Initiative and Private Grants to benefit Park
The National Park Service (PS) announced today that Biscayne National Park is one of four south Florida’s National Parks and Preserve to receive additional funding for in 2008.
April 02, 2008
Family Fun Fest - Career Fair: 1878
The park's popular Family Fun Fest series continues on April 13, 2008 with a look at some of the important careers that existed in the area 120 years ago.
March 26, 2008
Lecture Highlights Forthcoming Book
Lloyd Miller, author of the forthcoming book Biscayne National Park: It Almost Wasn't, will speak at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club on April 9, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
March 17, 2008
March for Parks
Biscayne National Park and the South Florida Community Partners work to make South Florida's National Parks relevant to hundreds of inner-city youth at this day-long event.
March 04, 2008
Biscayne Baybies Family Fun Fest
The third installment of the 2008 Family Fun Fest season highlights Biscayne Bay's role as a nursery for many animals.
February 07, 2008
Keys Kaleidoscope Family Fun Fest
No roads or bridges, no tiki bars or t-shirt shops. Biscayne National Park invites visitors of all ages to explore the sights and sounds of the real Florida Keys at this month’s installment of its popular Family Fun Fest.
January 22, 2008
See Sides Mixed Media Art Exhibit
Fiber Artist Maya Schonenberger's latest works are on display in the Dante Fascell Visitor center Gallery February 8 through May 11.
January 17, 2008
Biscayne Explorer Teacher Workshop
A free teacher workshop on the park's newest educational offering will be held on February 18.
December 27, 2007
Reef Rally Family Fun Fest
Two, four, six, eight: reefs have lots to appreciate! The eighth season of Biscayne National Park's popular Family Fun Fest season kicks off January 13 with Reef Rally!
December 14, 2007
Holiday Hours Announced
Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center and bookstore will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., while the picnic area and jetty trail will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on December 25th, Christmas Day. The park’s concession operation, including boat trips, canoe rentals, and convenience store sales will be closed. Regular hours will be in effect throughout the rest of the holiday season, including Christmas and New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day.
December 11, 2007
Family Fun Fest 2008 Season
The eighth season of Biscayne National Park's award-winning Family Fun Fest begins on January 13, 2008.
December 03, 2007
National Park America Tour Cleanup Event Scheduled
Calling volunteers of all ages to join the National Parks America Tour and Volunteer Day at Biscayne National Park on Saturday, December 8, 2007.
November 01, 2007
Park Reopens As Tropical Storm Noel Moves East
Biscayne National Park reopens to the public on Friday, November 2, 2007.
October 30, 2007
Park Closes in Preparation for Tropical Storm Noel
As Tropical Storm Noel approaches southeast Florida, Biscayne National Park has instituted a shutdown. Effective 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, all park facilities (including those on Boca Chita, Elliott and Adams Keys) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead), boat tours, and visitor services are closed to the public. The Park waters will remain open for vessel transit. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
October 20, 2007
Improved Facilities and Services Result From Increased Camping and Docking Fees
For the first time in 9 years, camping and docking fees will increase at Biscayne National Park this November 15.
October 09, 2007
Smaller Crowds and Fewer Incidents Noted Over Columbus Day Weekend
Enhanced law enforcement efforts and unsettled weather conditions resulted in an estimated 50% fewer boaters on the water over the Columbus Day weekend. This annual event historically attracts 3000-5000 boats with as many as 20,000 participants.
October 02, 2007
Responsible Boating Stressed for Columbus Day Weekend
Park staff stress responsible boating as Columbus Day Weekend crowds are expected to transform the tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay into a heavily trafficked and potentially dangerous waterway.
September 26, 2007
"Biscayne Explorer" Teacher Workshop Planned
Biscayne National Park will be hosting a teacher workshop for its 4th and 5th grade day use education program, "Biscayne Explorer", on Monday, October 8, 2007 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
September 04, 2007
Derelict Traps Removed To Restore Coral Reefs
Resource management staff removed hundreds of abandoned traps or trap pieces and nearly 3 miles of rope, freeing nearly 200 spiny lobsters and stone crabs back into park waters in the process.
August 24, 2007
New Boating Restrictions to Provide For Visitor Safety
Beginning Saturday, September 1, 2007, law enforcement staff will be limiting the number of boats rafted or tied together to no more than 5, with a minimum distance between the rafted or individual vessels of at least 100 feet.
August 23, 2007
Centennial Projects Eligible for Matching Funding
Biscayne National Park has three projects on the list of 201 proposals certified for matching funds to help "add sparkle to America's crown jewels."
August 05, 2007
Marilyn Brown Photography Exhibit Opens
Florida: A Sense of Wonder features large-format black-and-white photographs by longtime South Florida resident Marilyn Brown.
August 01, 2007
2007 Lobster "Mini-Season" Follow Up
Lobster catch has declined over the past years possibly due to increased number of recreational harvesters.
July 18, 2007
Park Readies for Lobster "Mini-Season"
The annual 2-day spiny lobster sport season takes place on July 25 and 26, and the park is ready for the influx of visitors.
July 03, 2007
Great Annual Fish Count 2007
The Great Annual Fish Count is back, providing an opportunity for divers and snorkelers to take part in important scientific research.
March 16, 2007
National Park Centennial Initiative Listening Session
In preparation for the celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday in 2016, Department of the Interior officials are out across the country seeking public input on how the milestone should be commemorated.
March 15, 2007
South Florida's National Parks Unveil Trilingual Junior Ranger Program
Kids in South Florida can now become Junior Rangers in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole!
March 04, 2007
The Rainbow Connection Family Fun Fest
Think Biscayne's all blue? Think again!
February 06, 2007
Family Fun Fest Celebrates National Parks with This Land is Our Land
The second installment of the 2007 Family Fun Fest series looks at some of Biscayne's "sister" parks.
January 03, 2007
2007 Discovery Series Lectures
Biscayne National Park will once again sponsor its popular lecture series at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.
January 03, 2007
Shark! Family Fun Fest
Biscayne National Park kicks off year 7 of its popular Family Fun Fest events with a look at sharks.
December 15, 2006
Biscayne National Park and REEF Celebrate Conservation Landmark
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation presented Volunteer diver Lillian Kenney with an award marking REEF's completion of 100,000 fish surveys.
November 21, 2006
National Park Service and NOAA Agree to Work Together to Protect Florida Keys Shipwrecks
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November 15, 2006
Manatee Mutilation Investigation Continues
Park Rangers continue to cooperate in the investigation of a mutilated manatee found in the park on November 10.
October 15, 2006
Gallery Features the Art of Carey Chen
Renowned marine artist Carey Chen opens a new show at Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery on November 3.
October 08, 2006
Accidents Mar Columbus Day Weekend
One dead, several injured in two separate boat accidents on Saturday night. The boats involved were returning from the Columbus Day Weekend gathering off Elliott Key.
October 03, 2006
Exotic Plant Management Plan
The South Florida National Parks are seeking input on a proposed Exotic Plant Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
October 02, 2006
Columbus Day 2006
No abstract supplied.
September 18, 2006
Miami Blue Butterflies Reintroduced
Several hundred larvae from the Miami blue butterfly will be released into Biscayne National Park in hopes of bringing this critically imperiled species back from the brink of extinction.
August 28, 2006
Park Closes in Preparation for Hurricane
Park closes in preparation for Hurricane
August 21, 2006
National Park Service Honors Fellow Nonagenarians at 90th Birthday Party
Free boat trips for visitors born in 1916 and cake and punch for all on Sunday, August 27, 2006 to celebrate the National Park Service's 90th birthday.
July 26, 2006
Quattro H2O Art Exhibit
Four ArtSouth artists collaborate on a show of paintings inspired by Biscayne National Park.
June 27, 2006
Great Annual Fish Count
Join Biscayne National Park staff and scientists from the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in monitoring fish populations on the park's reefs.