The Board of Directors of Friends of the Everglades are deeply committed to preserving, protecting and restoring the unique Everglades ecosystem. With diverse backgrounds and a shared passion for environmental stewardship, they bring valuable expertise to the organization, driving impactful work to safeguard this irreplaceable natural treasure for future generations.

Meet Carol Waxler

Name: Carol Waxler
Location: Stuart, Florida
Member since: April 2024

When you’re lucky enough to grow up thinking of the St. Lucie River as your personal playground, you’re compelled to advocate for its preservation as an adult. For Carol Waxler, who was born and raised in Stuart, this deep sense of personal connection is what led her to the Board of Directors at Friends of the Everglades. 

Carol recently led us on a tour of her lush backyard in Stuart — a lovingly maintained homage to the natural diversity of the area, and just a short drive away from Friends of the Everglades’ offices. As she guided us through her outdoor sanctuary, Carol spoke of her memories along the St. Lucie River where she spent countless hours boating and playing as a kid, and described her dismay at the changes she’s seen over the years. Pollution and development have altered the landscape in Martin County — areas once dominated by forests and vegetation. Carol worries about the algae blooms that threaten the water each year with the release of Lake Okeechobee discharges. She supports Friends of the Everglades to help safeguard the natural beauty that remains in her hometown and across the Greater Everglades ecosystem.

“I just think that we need to put our money where our mouth is, and if we enjoy using the Everglades and all that’s associated with it, we need to step up to the plate and do what we can to fight for the preservation of our ecosystem that it affords us.”