Florida is called the “Sunshine State” for good reason. Bountiful sunshine, blue-clear skies, pristine beaches, hidden woodlands, peaceful rivers, world-class fishing. If there was ever a state that revolves around a healthy environment, Florida is it.
For all the beauty we behold, there are equally as many threats. Pollution, stormwater run-off, large corporations, erosion, urban development, political corruption, natural disasters, and the list goes on and on.
Fortunately, there are many local groups fighting to protect our environment and preserve the outdoors way of life we know and love. If you’re looking to get involved in preserving, protecting, and restoring our environment, here are a few non-profits and environmental groups that are making a difference in Southwest Florida and beyond.
Bringing people together to appreciate, enjoy, and protect birds and nature. Their mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
A non-profit whose mission is to conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats through research, stewardship, education and advocacy. Through science-based approaches, BTT is working to protect and enhance healthy, functioning flats fisheries and habitats in the Western Hemisphere, and restore those in decline.
Captains for Clean Water
A grassroots non-profit organization advocating for clean water and healthy estuaries across Florida. They started out as a group of fishing guides that “had enough” of Florida’s poor water management practices. Through advocacy and education, they are adding voices to the fight and working with elected officials to implement science-based solutions.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
A leading environmental advocacy organization for more than 50 years, the Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the water, land, wildlife and the future of our five-county area. They achieve this through science and research, policy and advocacy, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation.
The Everglades Foundation
A non-profit dedicated to restoring and protecting the greater Everglades ecosystem through environmental leadership, scientific expertise and policy experience. Funds raised by the Foundation are used for scientific research, advancing understanding of the Greater Everglades ecosystem and to provide grants to their conservation partners.
Florida Sea Grant
A university-based program that supports research, education, and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida. They envision a future where people use our coastal and marine resources in ways that capture the economic and social benefits they offer, while preserving their quality and abundance for future generations.
Coastal Conservation Association Florida
A non-profit dedicated to the conservation of Florida’s marine resources. Founded in 1985 and one of 19 state chapters of the national CCA organization, they work with their 18,000+ members, including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments in our state.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
An independent, nonprofit marine research institution, labeled as guardians of the sea and all living things that depend upon it. They are a comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.
Peace River Charlotte Harbor Environmental Awareness Group (PReaCH)
A group dedicated to bringing awareness to, and advocacy for, the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor estuary. Their group was mobilized out of necessity to combat the expansion of phosphate mining operations in surrounding counties and is a local watchdog committed to protecting our estuaries.