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Calling all students! Apply now for the Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program scholarship and internship

Friends of the Everglades is pleased to launch the second year of our Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program scholarship and internship. Our 2023 recipient Autumn Bryan (featured in the video left) participated in class presentations with Young Friends of the Everglades, contributed to our blog, and helped develop Everglades Learning Library Kits - deployed to public libraries in 3 counties. This fall, one undergraduate or graduate recipient will be awarded $10,000 and participate in a 14-week internship at Friends of the Everglades in Stuart, Florida, for 15 hours per week. While supporting the work of the Young Friends of the Everglades program, the intern will complete a capstone project aligned to their interests and area of study.  Please [...]

Young Friends of the Everglades inspires the next generation of Everglades advocates, one school at a time

An update from Friends of the Everglades Education and Outreach Director, Amanda Purnell: Our youth education program Young Friends of the Everglades has spent a busy spring sharing our passion for the Everglades with youth throughout South Florida. Whether in the field or the classroom, momentum is building among young scientists to protect our vital ecosystem.  In the heart of the Everglades, we spotted wildlife at Shark Valley on an open air tram tour and saw panoramic views at the observation tower. We learned Seminole history as we kayaked in Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park. We navigated the food chain as we dissected owl pellets at Tropical Audubon Society’s Bird [...]

Young Friends intern looks to the Everglades as an educator

What can we learn from life in the Everglades? By Autumn N. Bryan 2023 Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholar Upon accepting my internship with Friends of the Everglades, I began to consider the prospect of the Everglades as an educator. I have so much to learn from the people here, and even more to unearth from the beautiful River of Grass that connects us.  Marjory Stoneman Douglas knew, though academically-educated, that school is not the only place you can find a teacher. All around you are opportunities for priceless lessons. For those that can recognize the beauty of the swamp, the Everglades are the perfect educator. Life in the Everglades provides countless instructions on how to coexist, adapt, and connect. [...]

Introducing the $10,000 Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program

Third and fourth grade students from Royal Palm Elementary School stay engaged in a presentation about Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Young Friends of the Everglades on June 1, 2023, in Miami. Friends of the Everglades is pleased to announce the Karen Mashburn Environmental Scholars Program scholarship and internship. One undergraduate or graduate recipient will be awarded $10,000 and participate in a 12-week Fall 2023 internship at Friends of the Everglades in Stuart, Florida, for approximately 15 hours per week. As the intern helps to support the Young Friends of the Everglades program and engage in community outreach, they will develop a wide range of skills including communications and instructional skills and gain an understanding of governance and guidelines in [...]

2023-06-01T13:10:53-04:00June 1st, 2023|Young Friends of the Everglades|

Friends of the Everglades end-of-year highlights

Our lives are multifaceted and we know it's tough keeping up with all the news. Here are a few recent Friends of the Everglades headlines. Stop the Burn in Glades communities. The Story. Six to eight months of the year, residents living south of Lake Okeechobee are subjected to smoke and ash as surrounding farms burn sugarcane for harvest. The harmful impacts of the “black snow,” as residents call it, create a myriad of human health threats and harm property values. That sounds bad. It is. And it gets worse. Legislation known as the Right to Farm bill passed in 2021 ultimately insulates the sugar industry from the harm it causes by shielding growers from “nuisance lawsuits.” As it stands, [...]

Friends of the Everglades introduces a new Everglades education tool

During these final two weeks of the year, we are reflecting on the work our supporters have made possible at Friends of the Everglades. In that vein, we're proud to share some news. For more than six months, we've been working behind the scenes on a special project: The Everglades Learning Exploration Kit, designed to inspire and educate students about the Everglades ecosystem and the advocacy of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We're thrilled to announce the first kit was delivered last week to our pilot school, Royal Palm Elementary in Miami-Dade County. The kit includes four lesson plans developed to meet Florida education standards, classroom sets of several books and hands-on activities. Marjory recognized the Everglades could not be [...]

2021-12-22T14:50:16-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Young Friends of the Everglades|

For the next generation of Everglades advocates…

This Giving Tuesday, we are giving you a sneak peek at our brand new youth education program! Friends of the Everglades will deliver the first “Everglades Learning Exploration Kit” to our pilot school, Royal Palm Elementary, later this month. The kit draws on the legacy of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, to teach students about Everglades ecosystems, water quality, native species and more. Marjory knew reaching young people was critical to the future of the Everglades. Our newly revived Young Friends of the Everglades program is one of the many efforts you support when you make a donation to Friends of the Everglades this Giving Tuesday — TODAY! Our Young Friends of the Everglades youth outreach program helps kids tackle [...]

2021-11-30T10:33:50-05:00November 30th, 2021|Young Friends of the Everglades|

Support the next generation of Everglades advocates this #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is only one week away! This year, we invite you to join Friends of the Everglades in celebration of our newly revived youth education program, Young Friends of the Everglades. Here’s a sneak peek of the Everglades Exploration Kit we will be delivering to our pilot elementary school in December: Help support the next generation in learning how to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the world by making a contribution on November 30 at everglades.org/donate. Raise awareness about our work by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved! Stay tuned and look out for emails from us with Giving Tuesday in the subject line. [...]

2021-11-24T11:57:21-05:00November 24th, 2021|Young Friends of the Everglades|

Honoring Connie Washburn: 2021 recipient of the “Defender of the Everglades” Award

Each year, Friends of the Everglades recognizes a person whose commitment to our mission to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the world stands out among the rest. Not only is this award meant to acknowledge their significant contribution to the world of Everglades restoration, but it also highlights someone who embodies the spirit of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This year’s choice is no exception. Connie Washburn has served as a member of the Board of Directors and a tireless advocate for Friends of the Everglades since 1994. Since then, she has fulfilled every supporting role possible within our organization and is always the first to volunteer for any committee or project. We have Connie to thank [...]

‘Marjory Saves the Everglades’ Author Chat

When we get depressed about bad politics and the degradation of our environment, we turn our thoughts to the next generation of Everglades advocates. Young Friends of the Everglades inspire us — and today’s chat with children’s book author Sandra Neil Wallace was no exception. Sandra’s newly published book, “Marjory Saves the Everglades,” tells the story of our tireless founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Watch Sandra’s chat with Young Friends of the Everglades: Signed copies of the book are available! Click here to give one to a young environmentalist in your life. And don’t forget to check out the activity kit and curriculum guide that accompany Sandra’s book! Your donations make Young Friends of the Everglades possible. Less than 24 hours remain for [...]