Wagner Creek Greenspace Project
Located in the heart of Miami’s Health District, alongside a thriving workforce population and diverse Allapattah neighborhood, the Wagner Creek winds through this busy and vital area. Imagine welcoming greenspace, restored banks with native plants and trees that provide shade, and healthier waters. The Nature Conservancy plans to deliver nature and its benefits through the Wagner Creek Greenspace Project, focused on revitalizing several areas along the creek to create more inviting open space. Wagner Creek is a tributary of the Miami River, that feeds into Biscayne Bay. The Creek is currently undergoing a dredge cleanup by the City of Miami that will result in healthier waters – and the Conservancy will restore the banks and surrounding lands. Our Cities team, specialists in maximizing nature in urban spaces, is working closely with county and city officials, experts in resiliency landscape design, and scientists and public health officials from FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center and UM’s Miller School of Medicine to ensure the project’s success. Our work will support a restored and healthy waterway that will reduce stormwater runoff, mitigate tidal flooding, reduce the urban heat island effect, and result in a comfortable and public outdoor space. Your donation will make an impact.
Future Environmental Stewards Program
The Nature Conservancy is investing in our conservation future by helping our city’s youth become environmental stewards. We’re dedicated to environmental education and are engaging young people in Miami to inform them about the benefits and science behind nature. Our nationally recognized Nature Works Everywhere program has been activated in several of Miami’s inner-city schools. The program lays a foundation for teachers, students and families to explore and understand nature around the globe and in their own backyards, and helps students improve school green spaces, create engaging outdoor learning laboratories, and tackle urban environmental challenges like drought and water pollution in their communities. The Conservancy has been investing in creating and maintaining edible gardens and rare pine rockland habitat on school campuses in Liberty City for over four years. Our work touches students of all ages. We also mentor college undergraduates through our GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) summer internships, which specifically focus on teaching students about the value of nature in urban settings. Additionally, we are empowering elementary, middle and high school students to explore nature, including through a program where they get outdoors to observe how trees provide shade and reduce the heat in our cities and provide habitat for South Florida’s iconic birds. Your donation will support our work in Miami, including our young environmental stewards.
Revitalizing Miami’s Urban Tree Canopy Program
Would you like to protect our rare habitats or see more trees in Miami? The Nature Conservancy is committed to protecting and expanding Miami’s tree canopy at key project sites throughout Miami-Dade County. We’ve recently protected rare pine rockland habitat at Goulds Pineland Preserve, planted trees in Miami neighborhoods, and removed invasive vegetation and restored native plants on Virginia Key. A groundbreaking urban park project in Miami-Dade County, The Underline, will have the support of The Nature Conservancy. The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail and linear neighborhood park that will span from the Miami River to Dadeland South. The project will revitalize the 100+ acres of underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail. Together with the Friends of The Underline, we are working to expand and transform this urban greenspace, to incorporate over 5,000 native trees and plants. These efforts will to help absorb greenhouse gases from nearby U.S.1, provide shade to reduce the urban heat effect, offer improved habitat for urban wildlife like birds and pollinators, and create a sense of community and connection to nature. Please help support our work in Miami.
Coastal Resiliency Management
The Nature Conservancy is currently working closely with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami to identify shoreline resilience project opportunities – that is, projects that help our shorelines withstand coastal hazards and reduce risks -- based on cutting-edge scientific modeling combined with local knowledge. Utilizing our Coastal Resiliency program tools, an online platform designed by our experts, our team of scientists recommends shoreline segments of Southeast Florida’s inland waterways that are suitable for various kinds of erosion control and flood abatement projects – critically important in the face of threats such as storms and sea level rise. Additionally, the Conservancy is providing local organizations technical monitoring support and equipment to analyze living shorelines -- or natural systems – for pilot projects on Virginia Key and Oleta River. With the impact of Hurricane Irma and the projected increase in storm surge and flooding, our work in coastal resiliency is more essential than ever, and so is your support.