With A Little Help From Friends Groups, National Parks Benefit

“I get by with a little help from my friends,” sang the Beatles. When it comes to national parks, it had better be a lot of help. The National Park Service often struggles with funding. Now, with tighter budgets and more demands, friends groups are proving invaluable in helping out parks.

Essential Paddling Guide: Everglades, Biscayne National Parks' Treasures Need More Protections

You have to get wet to truly appreciate Biscayne National Park in South Florida. Gazing out across Biscayne Bay, and beyond Hawk Channel into the Atlantic Ocean, you can take in the expanse of the park’s surface, but none of the wonders that lurk beneath.

Watering The Parks: Filling Stations At Biscayne National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Plastic water bottles are taking a hit at Biscayne National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where water filling stations have been installed with a goal of reducing plastic waste.

Volunteer To Help Sea Turtles At Biscayne National Park

Stuck in the snow and freezing temps? Head to southern Florida where you can warm up and come to the aid of sea turtles at Biscayne National Park.

Birding In The National Parks: Are You Planning Your Park Birding Trips For The Year?

Much of the northern half of the country is locked into winter now, which makes it a perfect time to plan your birding trips for the rest of the year.

Homestead Trolley To Everglades And Biscayne National Parks Hits The Road Saturday

Beginning Saturday you'll be able to get a lift from Homestead, Florida, to either Everglades or Biscayne national parks courtesy of a partnership between the community and the two national parks.

Waterways TV: Sea Turtle Rescue And The Three-Spot Damselfish

Sit back for the next half hour and learn about efforts to rescue sea turtle hatchlings in the Florida Keys and the territorial habits of the Three-spot Damselfish in this production from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park and The US Environmental Protection Agency.

Shoal Markers Set Out To Protect Seagrass Beds At Biscayne National Park

To better protect fragile seagrass shoals and improve boater safety, Biscayne National Park recently completed the installation of 14 fixed shoal markers around the Featherbed Banks in southern Biscayne Bay.

Guided Ranger Tours, Educational Programs In Florida National Parks Underwritten By South Florida National Parks Trust

More evidence of the value of national park friends groups can be seen in Florida, where the South Florida National Parks Trust is underwriting environmental education programs, ranger-guided tours, and resource protection projects in the parks.

Biscayne National Park Loses Concessionaire For Snorkeling, Dive Tours

Biscayne Underwater, which offered snorkeling and scuba tours at Biscayne National Park, has abruptly gone out of business, leaving the park without a concessionaire to offer those services.

18th Century British Shipwreck Protected By National Park Service At Biscayne National Park

An 18th-century British warship that sank in 1748 near present-day Miami in waters now within Biscayne National Park is now protected by the National Park Service under terms of an international memorandum.

Rare Butterflies Spotted At Biscayne National Park

Good news out of Biscayne National Park, where biologists have spotted almost three dozen Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly adults, as well as nine individuals of the Bahama Swallowtail.

Butterflies Native To South Florida Most Likely Extinct

Two butterflies native to South Florida are most likely extinct, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Progress Noted In Efforts To Rebuild Population Of Rare Swallowtail Butterfly Found At Biscayne National Park

It was just about a year ago that we told you of efforts to collect up to four individuals of an extremely rare butterfly found at Biscayne National Park. Now we're back with some good news: an egg gathered from that project has hatched, lending some slight hope that the numbers of the Schaus swallowtail can be bolstered.

Biscayne, The Closest National Park To Miami, Remains A Mystery

Miami’s number one boating destination has an identity crisis. While it has won over Washington D.C. politicians, residents look right past it. Even thousand of volunteers who care enough to clean up the city’s main body of water, Biscayne Bay, don’t know that they are touching holy waters of the federal kind.

Biscayne National Park Receives $35,000 To Begin Stabilizing Fowey Rocks Lighthouse

A $35,000 gift is heading to Biscayne National Park to help begin stablization of the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse that the U.S. Coast Guard transferred to the park last fall.

Lightning-Sparked Fire Forces Closure Of Biscayne National Park In South Florida

Biscayne National Park in south Florida was closed Wednesday due to a lightning-sparked brush fire that was burning hundreds of acres along Canal Drive, park officials said.

Biscayne National Park Closes Elliott Key Harbor And Campground To Protect Visitors From Themselves

After watching several boat captains swim to shore after dropping off passengers and gear at Elliott Key Harbor for camping, Biscayne National Park officials have decided to close the harbor and campground to prevent possible drownings.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Alligators And Crocs At Biscayne National Park

Fascinated by alligators and crocodiles? You can find both in either Biscayne or Everglades national parks, and at this time of year they're slightly easier to spot than during the summer months.

Photography On Display At Biscayne National Park Through Late February

Unique glimpses of Biscayne National Park will be on display at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery through February 24 as award-winning photographer Matt Stock displays a dozen shots he took in and around the park.

A Five-Pack Of Parks Where Winter Is Anything But Off-Season

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From snowsports to whale watching, America’s national parks have it all come winter. Check out our five-pack of parks where winter gives you the entire country's worth of geographical getaways.

Updated: The Aftermath Of Superstorm Sandy On The National Park System

Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.

Beauty, Adventure, And Thievery: Plundering Biscayne National Park's Sunken Treasures

Biscayne National Park is an incredibly alluring park, 95 percent of which lies underwater. But Biscayne does not always attract pleasant visitors. Plagued by looters, the park constantly must spend extra time and money to keep criminals away from plundering the shipwrecks.

A Tale Of Two Lighthouses

Two late-19th century lighthouses with rich histories have changed hands, with one going from the U.S. Coast Guard to Biscayne National Park and the other going to a local government in Puerto Rico.

Miami Students Gain Access To Biscayne National Park Through "Ticket To Ride" Program

Nearly 2,000 Miami students will have an opportunity to visit Biscayne National Park thanks to the National Park Foundation's Ticket To Ride program.

Biscayne National Park Preparing For "Most Dangerous Weekend" Of The Year

It's being bill as "the most dangerous weekend of the year" at Biscayne National Park. "It" is Columbus Day Weekend, when the Annual Columbus Day Regatta sets sail.

Wolf Trap Foundation For The Performing Arts To Present Face Of America: Spirit Of South Florida

Inspired by graceful herons, crawling insects, and even alligators, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is focusing on south Florida's national parks in its latest edition of Face of America.

Florida, Gulf Coast Parks Ready To Ride Out Tropical Storm Issac

With Tropical Storm Issac taking aim on the Gulf Coast, national parks and seashores in its path are battening down and getting ready to ride out the storm.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

Dwindling Numbers Of Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly In Biscayne National Park Lead To Collecting Decision

In a bid to keep the Schaus Swallowtail butterfly from blinking into extinction, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have authorized the collection of up to four of the colorful butterflies in Biscayne National Park.