Young Friends of the Everglades
Friends of the Everglades was founded by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1969 to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the world. Over the years, Friends has had an outsized impact on Everglades policy through scientific research, education, grassroots advocacy and critical litigation wins. As our next half-century of advocacy gets underway, our organization has has a sharp focus on combating the waterborne health threat of our time: toxic algae blooms. We also have reimagined our youth education program, Young Friends of the Everglades, as a digital learning hub where students can stay engaged on ecological issues amid constraints of remote-learning during Covid-19. And we remain committed to restoring the southern flow of clean water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades, as Marjory Stoneman Douglas described it in her seminal book, "River of Grass."
Since 1969, Friends of the Everglades has created many positive impacts, including:
Stopping a major jetport from being built north of Everglades National Park.
Working to set enforceable water-quality standards for the Everglades.
Funding scientific research on the effectiveness of major Everglades restoration projects.
Funding scientific research into the harmful effects of methylmercury in the Everglades.
Opposing damaging road and development projects, including the recent State Road 836 extension in Miami-Dade.
Educating the public about the acute health threats of toxic algae blooms, and working with lawmakers and other officials to ensure such health risks are factored into Florida’s water-management decisions.
Educating thousands of students in K-12 classrooms, and now virtually, through our Friends of the Everglades curriculum.