"The salvation of the Florida scene will come about only if the public savors its beauty, understands its limitations, and speaks up for its preservation."
- Marjorie Harris Carr
Connecting our communities to the wonders of Biscayne Bay and surrounding waterways in Miami-Dade and Broward is one of our top priorities, and we are proud to host a variety of community outreach activities around the watershed. The best way to make sure our water is swimmable, drinkable and fishable is to make sure that our connection with our water AND our water-loving community is strong! These events help us do just that.
Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassadors: This program trains the next generation of Environmental stewards by teaching leadership, communication, civic engagement, and advocacy skills that cannot be learned in a classroom.
1,000 Eyes on The Water Program: This is a volunteer-based, citizen-led program water patrol program designed to increase Miami Waterkeeper's ability to monitor the Bay and waterways of South Florida and to understand how to identify, document, and report issues.
Elementary, Middle, High School Presentations:
In order to reach children of all ages across Miami, we conduct presentations at local schools to educate kids about our environment, why it’s important, and how to protect it. Request a Miami Waterkeeper representative to speak to your school or career day!
MWK works with local universities to launch new, innovative education initiatives aimed at generating real solutions for environmental problems. We engage in scientific research and so provide learning opportunities for several undergraduate, masters, law, and Ph.D. students. So far, we have had students conduct analyses of sea level rise liability, create GIS learning tools for middle school students, research recycling programs, analyze coral damage at PortMiami, ride in submersible at Port Everglades, make public comments, lead events, and more.
We work with a variety of local community organizations to host workshops, talks, and informal learning opportunities for the general public, including tours of Biscayne Bay, the Women’s Club of Miami, Rotary Clubs, Garden Clubs, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Science Barge project, Civic Voice Lessons, the Key Biscayne Citizen Science Project, and more training Miami’s citizens to become informed, aware, and engaged. Request a Miami Waterkeeper representative to speak at your event or community group!
Beach cleanups and habitat restoration:
From large organizations, local groups, schools and even the City of Miami, we have hosted many volunteer events for those who want to help clean our beaches, restore local habitats such as dunes, and even remove invasive species. We participate in monthly clean up events. Find one to join soon!
Here are just a few examples of past events:
- Bay Day - This year will mark our third annual Bay Day at Shake-a-Leg's waterfront marina in Coconut Grove. Fun for the whole family, this day includes boat rides, yoga, fishing clinics, sailing, tours of Shake-a-Leg's eco-island, kayaking, games, arts and crafts, and more! Part of the Waterkeeper Alliance Splash Event Series, this event will celebrate the importance of our local waterways and is made possible by national sponsors KEEN and Toyota.
- Sustainable Dinner at the Standard - A four-course, wine paired dinner bay-side at The Standard hotel, comprised of local and sustainable fare.
- "Day on the Bay" Boat Tours - A three-hour boat tour of Biscayne Bay focused on water quality issues, with presentations from local experts from Miami Waterkeeper, NOAA, Sea Grant, University of Miami, and local governments.