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Environment & Public Space

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 »
Who are you?

Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) is one of the only science museums in the world with its own urban habitat restoration project. We use science exhibits to attract volunteers and social media to maintain a network of concerned residents.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Miami lacks adequate green spaces for recreation and conservation. There are a lack of suitable outdoor volunteer activities compared to other urban areas. The restoration work at Virginia Key North Point is part of a broader effort on Virginia Key to create what has been called Miami's "Central Park," a place where residents can enjoy ample green spaces in perpetuity. Until recently, Virginia Key was the site of dumping of dredge but efforts are underway to transform it into a public oasis.

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

As stated in the Our Miami Report, Miami has one of the lowest levels of public parks of any metropolitan area in the country. Volunteerism also ranks low. The environmental movement has a poor track record of engaging people in truly meaningful environmental actions. MUVE gives our residents a purpose. By engaging in restoration they become stewards for an island that until now had no one to stand up for it.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2007, MUVE has restored over 15 acres of mangrove, dune, freshwater wetland and hardwood hammock throughout the county. MUVE partners with local government and agencies. We have created science exhibits both at our current museum and our new building expected to open in 2016 that not only inform residents of our environmental issues but direct patrons to get involved in local restoration efforts.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

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