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 [...]
ACTION ALERT: Send a letter to Gov. DeSantis and lawmakers urging them to protect the endangered Florida panther by stopping new toll roads.
Did you hear? Young friends of the Everglades are leading the fight to protect Florida's state animal, the Florida panther. This endangered species faces a significant threat from a set of new toll roads, known as M-CORES, proposed to cut through territory that is vital to the panther's survival and recovery efforts. In a new initiative launched last week, kids across the state sent letters to Gov. DeSantis and members of the Florida legislature urging them to protect the endangered Florida panther by stopping construction of the new toll roads. Their commitment set a worthy example for Floridians of all ages that care about the preservation of state wildlife. To make a real difference, we need all of you to weigh in. Without your voices, we [...]
A rare and endangered species, the Florida Panther evokes a sense of mystery and beauty that is not unlike its natural Everglades environment. Widely recognized as the iconic state animal of Florida, the number of panthers left in the wild are thought to have dwindled to only a couple hundred thanks to increasing environmental threats. Young Friends of the Everglades virtual learning components are aimed at nurturing the youngest environmentalists among us by linking education to advocacy. The latest addition of the the Florida panther to our online learning space aims to familiarize users with information about this truly extraordinary species and inspire each and every Young Friend to be an active part of the panther recovery efforts. Young Friends [...]
Evie Flaugh is no stranger to the wonders of Florida's waterways, or to the environmental crises that plague them. As a co-founder of the River Kidz, she's spent nearly half her life speaking up to protect and preserve them. Now a college student, Evie shares her journey as a river kid, and talks about the full circle moment when her summer internship at Friends of the Everglades offered her the chance to continue advocating in new ways for the waterways she loves as an adult. The Story of a River Kid By Evie Flaugh Growing up on one the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America, I have always had a fascination with the environment around me. My friend Naia [...]
Dear Friends of the Everglades, Today would have been the 130th birthday of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Everything we do at Friends of the Everglades is driven by Marjory’s legacy of advocacy, and it’s our honor to mark this Everglades Day with some good news we believe she would be proud of. Today we are re-launching our Young Friends of the Everglades program, which has been reimagined as a virtual education portal for students. The new Young Friends program is devoted to teaching students about advocacy, starting with a campaign to keep the Key deer’s protected status under the Endangered Species Act. On the new Young Friends of the Everglades section of our website, you will find: Among the [...]