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South FL National Parks Trust Inc.

Official Philanthropic Partner for Florida's National Parks

aka The Alliance for Florida's National Parks   |   Coral Gables, FL   |  http://www.floridanationalparks.org

Mission

Founded in 2002, The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks is the official philanthropic partner for Florida’s four national parks: Everglades, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas National Parks, as well as Big Cypress National Preserve. Our organization strives to instill in all people an appreciation of Florida’s public lands and natural resources for what they are – the key to the sustainability and prosperity of the state. Through five focused pillars of support – education, exploration, preservation & protection, restoration, and community engagement – The Alliance’s work enriches the park experience and creates deeper connections between diverse communities and the nature that abounds in their “backyards.”

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mr. Juan Cueto

Main address

1390 South Dixie Highway Suite 2217

Coral Gables, FL 33146 USA

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Formerly known as

South Florida National Parks Trust Inc.

EIN

13-4341209

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP)

A curriculum-based environmental education program for 6th-grade science students in Collier County.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Restoration of the Turner River, one of the most scenic and popular paddling destinations in the Big Cypress, through the installation of canal plugs and culverts to restore the flow of fresh water into the river's natural channel.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education Program to interact with 45,000 students and teachers on curriculum-based programs in the park, community, and virtually during the 2022 - 23 school year. The in-park and Live virtual programs and live teachers address state standards, reinforce concepts learned in the classroom and provide an interactive exploration of the natural world. Through single-day, Live virtual, and residential overnight programs, the park seeks to introduce students to the national parks, the Everglades ecosystem, and the local habitats from wetlands to hammocks and pinelands to coastal estuaries and marine environments. In developing an appreciation for their total environment, both natural and human-made, the park aims to motivate students to become stewards of their national park. For the upcoming season, the park plans to continue the Nike high school programs in person and virtually, and continue to expand the number of participants worldwide the live and virtual programs.

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Charting impact

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The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks (AFNP) is the official philanthropic partner for Florida’s four national parks: Everglades, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas National Parks, as well as Big Cypress National Preserve. Our organization strives to instill in all people an appreciation of Florida’s public lands and natural resources for what they are – the key to the sustainability and prosperity of the state. Through five focused pillars of support – education, exploration, preservation & protection, restoration, and community engagement – The Alliance’s work enriches the park experience and creates deeper connections between diverse communities and the nature that abounds in their “backyards.”

As the official fundraising partner of the National Park Service in South Florida, the Alliance has the relationships, community partnerships, and volunteer leadership needed to sustain and support South Florida’s four national parks.
The Alliance supports South Florida’s national parks by working closely with park superintendents and their staff to identify and fund priority programs and projects that benefit the parks, their visitors, and surrounding communities, deliver the greatest impact for the least cost, and leverage additional resources.
Guided by this approach since 2002, the Alliance has invested more than $13 million in South Florida’s national parks to support programs and projects in five key areas:
• Education
• Exploration
• Preservation & Protection
• Restoration
• Community Engagement
In the fiscal year 2020, the Alliance adopted a five-year Strategic Plan that seeks to build on this record of success and advance our shared vision of healthy, accessible national parks in South Florida that enrich the lives of all people for generations to come.
Through the implementation of this Strategic Plan, the Alliance seeks to double the level of support it provides annually to its partner parks while building an active and engaged community of friends who know, love, and support South Florida’s four national parks.

The AFNP is uniquely positioned to help South Florida’s national parks thrive in a challenging
environment. The Trust succeeds by strategically funding park programs and
projects in five critical areas: environmental education, resource protection,
visitor programs, volunteer activities, and community engagement. As the official
non-profit fundraising partner of the National Park Service in South Florida,
the Trust has the relationships, community partnerships, and volunteer
leadership needed to sustain and support South Florida’s
national parks in ways that benefit the parks themselves, park visitors, and the community as a whole.

The AFNP has provided more than $13 million in grants to South Florida’s national parks since 2002 to fund park programs in five key areas: Environmental Education, Resource Protection, Visitor Services, Volunteer Activities, and Community Outreach.
Recent funding support includes:
Environmental Education programs at four national parks
Big Cypress National Preserve Swamp Water & Me Program: More than 3,200 6th-grade students explored Big Cypress during the 2020-21 school year on science-based education programs.
Everglades National Park Education Program: Over 40,000 students around the world were able to experience live virtual and in-person field trips. Focused on the everglades wildlife and ecosystem going on its 51st year, it is the first education program in the National Park Service and the first to provide live virtual programming for students.
Dry Tortugas: Along with Beach Cleanups, Sea Turtles Nesting, Nurse Shark research, we also support a historical and environmental education program.

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South FL National Parks Trust Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Gavin McKenzie

McKenzie Construction

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Fran Mainella

Howard Isaacson

Howard Isaacson Inc.

Fran Mainella

National Park Service Director (retired)

Charles Mlakar

The Millcraft Group

Colton Chase

Herbert W. Hoover Foundation

Gavin McKenzie

McKenzie Construction

David Van Loon

Highsmith & Van Loon P.A.

Maros Garcia

Rubenstein Law

Trevor Fried

Morgan Stanley

Sheila Harris-Schutz

Retired

Ian Wogan

Certified Arborist #FL-6594A

Peter Wasmer

Pure Coastal Development LLC

William Kearney

Olin McKenzie

Susan Jones

Carlos Jimenez

William Krauss

Jorge Jay Guarch

Organizational demographics

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