HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Biscayne National Park’s Biscayne Beach Cleanup (BBC) volunteer program received the George and Helen Hartzog Innovation Award for Exceptional Volunteer Service. This award honors unique initiatives that creatively fulfill park needs through volunteerism.
Amid the pandemic, traditional volunteer sources for the Bisbayne Beach Cleanup were disrupted, leading to shoreline debris buildup. Adapting creatively, program managers targeted South Florida locals, resulting in a successful volunteer recruitment model.
The 2021-2022 season saw 275 volunteers collect 30,000 pounds of marine debris, a record since 2004. The award was accepted by volunteer Ana Zangroniz during a national ceremony in Washington, DC.
The program collaborates with local organizations and partners like Miami Dade College, Florida International University, and others. Financial support comes from Florida’s National Parks Alliance, Coastal Cleanup Corporation, and Florida National Parks Association.
BBC holds cleanups from December to April, welcoming visitors and locals over 16. The strenuous work provides boat transport and tools. For more info, visit volunteer.gov or email them.
The above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on August 25, 2023. You can read the original release here.
About Biscayne National Park in Florida
Biscayne National Park in Florida is a haven for nature lovers. Imagine exploring clear blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, and lush islands. Snorkel among colorful fish, kayak through mangroves, or relax on sandy shores.
You’ll find diverse wildlife, from sea turtles to manatees. These waters also hide the Maritime Heritage Trail, a shipwreck site revealing the area’s history. Without question, it is also a paradise for boaters, offering endless opportunities to explore.
But it’s not just about fun – Biscayne plays a vital role in conserving marine life and habitats. The park staff works hard to protect this unique ecosystem. So, if you ever get a chance to visit this remarkable park, get ready to embark on an adventure that’s both exciting and educational.
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