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Who We Are

About the Florida National Parks Association:

The FNPA traces its roots to the Everglades Natural History Association, formed at Everglades National Park in 1951. In 1985, our scope of work was significantly expanded to include additional National Park Services responsibilities at Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, and Dry Tortugas National Park. Today, we are proud to serve our parks through retail, fundraising, servicesToday, we are proud to serve our parks through retail, fundraising, and interpretative and educational services.  


Executive Director
Jessica Pierce

Biscayne National Park Institute is a program of its official nonprofit partner, Florida National Parks Association. The Institute seeks to increase visitor access to Biscayne National Park through immersive, interpretive, educational experiences for visitors of Biscayne National Park. These interactive programs teach visitors about the ecosystems and history of the park and its surrounding areas. Proceeds from programs are used to support Biscayne National Park. Be sure to also visit our sister Institutes in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve. 

What Makes us Special?

  • As an official partner of the National Park Service, we closely work with the park’s Resource management Division, Interpretive and Education Division and to ensure our staff are trained on the most up-to-date programs, research, and opportunities in Biscayne National Park.  
  • Providing small group trips we ensure your experience with Biscayne National Park is an intimate one.  
  • When you participate in our programs, the proceeds go back to Biscayne National Park.