Environment & Public Space

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 would change as sea levels rise. This program is designed for visitors to Miami-Dade County, as well as, our middle and high school students to focus on sustainable resource management.

 

What better way to prepare our community for sea level rise than to give all of our students and visitors access to this information and immerse them in the very resources we hope for them to protect?

Who are you?

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center is a not-for profit organization dedicated to environmental education and the encouragement of better citizen participation in the protection of our natural environment.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Education is key to the impact of sea-level rise in our community. Miami-Dade County has the most attractive surroundings of a major urban center. Protecting our parks, beaches and natural environment is critical to maintaining Miami’s unique character. Our location and program takes place in Crandon Park, one of Miami's greatest oceanfront parks.

Park space will be impacted by climate change.
Through education our community will learn to be more sustainable in their daily lives.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our project goes hand in hand with the “Rising Sea Levels Affect Our Community” portion of the 2014 Miami Report Study.

Sea level rise threatens our natural resources and impacts all eight issue areas explored in the Our Miami Report. Public space, including parks, is one of the areas that may be affected. Salt water intrusion puts our water quality at risk.
In two years, the sea level in Miami-Dade increased by two inches and projections for the future indicate a continued sea level rise.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center has been educating the public about the south Florida ecosystems for the past 45 years. Over one million participants have attended our programs. The north end of Key Biscayne, Bear Cut Preserve, was designated a environmental study area back in 1976, thanks to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She believed the community needed to be educated about their natural resources in order for them to survive. This is our mission and what we do daily.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center

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