Environment & Public Space

Environment & Public Space

Protecting Miami-Dade’s water supply and green space

The main water resource for all Miami-Dade citizens lies just below our feet in the Biscayne Aquifer. Yet, there are a number of threats to the quality and quantity of this water. Sea level rise and existing water management operations threaten to contaminate our drinking water with salt water. Urban sprawl and other land use changes remove open space needed to replenish the aquifer and provide refuge for humans and... more »

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The Science Barge: an urban sustainable farm & education center

The Science Barge is a self-sustaining floating farm and environmental education center that will provide an urban link to fresh produce, marine conservation and sustainability. The Barge’s goal is to promote ecological sustainability through public demonstration, education and research projects related to the urban waterfront. In particular, its ability to grow crops without soil in a hydroponic greenhouse powered by... more »

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South Pointe Park Coral Cam and Biorock Nursery

The South Pointe Park Coral Cam and Biorock Nursery will provide students, citizens, and tourists with a digital porthole into the aquatic life of Miami’s tropical reef ecosystem. The underwater camera will stream a live recording of South Pointe Park’s marinelife direct to the internet, where it can become a powerful symbol of Miami’s urban tropical ecology. Signage in the park and on the fishing pier will inform people... more »

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Food Truck on the Frontlines: Fighting Poverty and Hunger

Food Truck on the Frontlines is an entrepreneurial food truck employment & hunger reduction program. With the project management skills of a top Miami culinary educator, Nature Links (NL) proposes to transform blighted public spaces in Miami into a solution to reduce poverty and hunger, two key social issues for vulnerable Miami residents. First, NL will expand their entrepreneurial food truck employment program for transitioning,... more »

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Colony1: A Sustainability Center for Miami using Art+Science

The Art of Cultural Evolution is an environmental and arts non-profit organization committed to urban sustainability. The organization has recently been awarded a 50 year land grant from Miami-Dade County to build Miami's first sustainability center, an eco-friendly community and sustainable ‘living building’, Colony1. It will be the 15th certified ‘living building’ by the Living Institute in the world and the first... more »

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Our City on the Sea - SeaGrass & Sustainability

What can YOU do to preserve Miami’s precious resources? How does sea level rise affect our community? Take a wade in our sea grass beds and learn from our naturalists how the health of our sea grasses will be impacted by sea level rise and how it will be affecting our community. Participants would explore the sea grass beds that grow in our shallow waters off Key Biscayne and then predict how the marine landscape... more »

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Creating Conservation and Recreation Oases in Virginia Key

MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) is a volunteer based coastal habitat restoration project based at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. We engage thousands of volunteers per year with a broad portfolio of tools including science exhibits, social media, and eco-art. Over 5,000 volunteers have restored over 15 acres of coastal habitat on public lands since 2007. These volunteers are creating what... more »

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Sea Turtle Education and Outreach

Each year with grant funding the Miami-Dade Sea Turtle Rangers are able to provide outreach services to local schools to teach students about the importance of conservation and endangered species. Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Sea Turtle Awareness Program requests support from the Sea Turtle Grants Program to implement the proposed Sea Turtle Youth Awareness Project aimed at providing... more »

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Development of self guided tour based App, or QSR based tours.

Use grant money to develop an app using location tools on mobile devices to deliver interpretive content about the location you are visiting. The locations to begin the project are the current nature centers located throughout Miami-Dade. They include A.D. Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park, Bill Sadowski Park, Castellow Hammock, Crandon Park and Matheson Hammock Park's self guided trail.

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Rebuilding Historical Arch Creek Park Structures

On October 30th there was a large fire at Arch Creek which caused the main picnic shelter to burn down. Along with this damage the remaining shelters were damaged due to deterioration. Arch Creek Park is a historical, archaeological, and natural preserve. It was founded by the Arch Creek Trust and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces in 1982 Arch Creek Park would like to rebuild these structures as well as... more »

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Community Science Workshop in Camp Owaissa Bauer

Our Community Science Workshop(CSW) initiative is a program that engages underprivileged youth in interactive and hands-on science. Students in our interactive workshops use tools, design experiments, plant gardens, and explore their environments, all while expanding their thinking and creating a connection between themselves and the surrounding world. We want to expand the (CSW) Program to south Miami-Dade, an area that... more »

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Youth Interactive Learning Stations at Gratigny Plateau Park

Access to public spaces is an integral part of community well-being. The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is committed to helping create and sustain public spaces, like Gratigny Plateau Park, that are accessible, enriching and vibrant. Installation of interactive learning stations at the park will enhance the children’s cognitive development and discovery while they play. Examples of learning stations include: freestanding... more »

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Grassroots charrette for the Ludlam Trail

Friends of the Ludlam Trail is a grassroots nonprofit group of volunteers, including the Mayor of South Miami, who advocates a world class linear park and trail along the FEC railroad right of way connecting neighborhoods from MIA/ Blue Lagoon to Downtown Kendall/the Underline

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