South Florida National Parks Trust

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the South Florida National Parks Trust?
The Trust was established in 2002 to support South Florida’s national parks through fund-raising and community outreach.

Doesn’t the federal government support South Florida’s national parks?
Yes, but federal tax dollars only go so far. Private donations are needed to support special park programs and projects that would not be funded otherwise, including the outdoor education programs that introduce thousands of South Florida school children to their national parks each year.

What kinds of programs and projects are supported with private donations?
Everglades National Park recently installed nine new wayside exhibits along the main park road with grant money provided by the Trust. Biscayne National Park protects sea turtle nests inside the park with funding from the Trust. And Dry Tortugas National Park has begun to restore the massive cannons at Fort Jefferson with help from the Trust. For a more complete list of the programs and projects supported by the Trust, click here.

How are projects chosen?
The Trust works closely with each park superintendent to identify programs and projects that benefit the park and its visitors.

Does the South Florida National Parks Trust receive government funding?
No. The Trust relies on the support of individuals, businesses and foundations to pay its operating expenses and support programs and projects in South Florida’s national parks.

Are donations to the Trust tax deductible?
Yes. The Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Trust are tax-deductible, to the full extent allowed by the IRS.