The Nature Conservancy: Connect with Nature Festival
The Nature Conservancy is visiting Historic Virginia Key Beach Park where we invite you to Connect With Nature on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10am – 4pm at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL, www.virginiakeybeachpark.net.
The Virginia Key Beach Park Trust is also joined by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in this, family-friendly event to restore and preserve some of South Florida’s environmental treasures, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and Virginia Key. Coastal dunes, coral reef systems and natural mangroves are vital in the protection of our coastal city against erosion from tropical storms and rising seas. Connect With Nature is hands-on, interactive, family-friendly event to highlight Miami’s efforts to become a more resilient and sustainable coastal community. Join us on April 11th at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park to get your hands dirty and experience first-hand the power of communities working together to restore coastal habitat in South Florida. Volunteers will remove invasive species, plant mangroves, and help collect real-time data for scientists. Connect With Nature will also feature kids’ activities, nature walks, a beach cleanup, educational exhibitors, food trucks and more.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, once called “Bears Cut”, was frequented in the early 1900’s by Black settlers arriving on the island of Virginia Key by ferry from a dock at the end of Fifth Street in downtown Miami. Established on August 1, 1945 as “The Colored Beach”, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is celebrating its 70th anniversary following the creation of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust under the leadership of Founding Chair, M. Athalie Range.