Theodora Long, Executive Director of the Biscayne Nature Center on EcoAlert

Theodora Long Biscayne Nature Center Miami FloridaOverlooking the dunes and ocean, the Biscayne Nature Center is a beautiful facility on the north end of Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. In this pristine setting, our multifunctional Center serves our visitors with a reception area, exhibit space, gift shop, an audio visual presentation room and demonstration lab classroom facilities. And right outside our doors, we are fortunate to have Mother Nature’s spectacular classroom, which we proudly care for and share with our visitors.

 

Biscayne Nature Center Miami FloridaThe Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit Florida corporation whose interest is in the conservation of our local irreplaceable natural resources.

We are a cooperative project of three partners: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department, and our not-for-profit community support group, The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Inc.

Our U-shaped building is raised off the ground, featuring wide wrap around covered porches and a central amphitheater courtyard. The center is a venue suitable for a wide variety of activities and events. We utilize alternative technologies such as solar power, water and energy conservation and passive solar design, and recycled materials as is fitting a center dedicated to harmony with nature.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and the encouragement of greater citizen participation in the protection of our natural environment.

EcoAlert with Nadine Patrice – 6 October 2012

The Association of Exchange and Development of Activities & Partnerships, Inc. (AEDAP®)

Mission

Our mission is to provide support to community organizations and individuals through a combination of leadership, health, social, and cultural services that empower them to become better leaders and create stronger communities. Our vision is to share AEDAP as a universal model where our Donors, Grantors, Volunteers and Supporters are Strong Ambassadors for the less fortunate. Here is a list of supporters and donors who have helped us this past year: world vision, global giving, Gate City Plumbing, and Town Care Dental.

Vision

Our Vision is for AEDAP to be considered an international reference model of service that grantors, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders trust and support.

The Association of Exchange Development of Activities and Partner- ships, Inc. (AEDAP) will be a Leadership Concept that existing Community organizations will apply to develop partnerships and Collaboration both in the United States and Haiti. AEDAP will be an um- brella organization for small projects through partnership.

Values

The pillars of AEDAP are:

  • Transparency
  • Culturally sensitivity
  • Sense of Community
  • Belief in the value of partnership

Motto: Strong Partnerships Build Strong Communities

Provide technical support to existing community organizations; empower organizations’ members through leadership and educational trainings; collaborate with sponsored community development programs in the United States of America and Haiti.
Provide mentoring and coaching skills to boys and girls 5-18 in the areas of Education, Health, Arts and Crafts, Sports, and “Social Activities, empowering them to become young community leaders.”

Support projects that include Haitian media and highlight their involvement in neighborhood programs.
Encourage local non-profit organizations to maintain a calendar of events and provide a public forum for dialogue.

White House Conference on Conservation – America’s Great Outdoor

 

On March 2, 2012, President Obama and members of his Cabinet convened the White House Conference on Conservation to engage directly with conservation leaders from all 50 states to strengthen partnerships and identify next steps in advancing community-driven conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters and wildlife across America. For more information, visit White House Conference on Conservation.

Miami-Dade County Extension Service

The University of Florida / Miami-Dade County Extension is the liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and our local community.

Our clientele includes:

  1. growers (agricultural and horticultural)
  2. landscape industry
  3. homeowners
  4. youth
  5. families
  6. marine industries
  7. painting industry

The University of Florida / Miami-Dade County Extension receives direct funding from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and Miami-Dade County Consumer Services Department and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Extension is a nationwide educational network.

We focus on educational outreach through:

  1. workshops
  2. seminars
  3. phone consultations
  4. group meetings
  5. office visits
  6. educational materials
  7. field demonstrations
  8. newsletters
  9. web sites
  10. plant clinics
  11. mass media
  12. video conferences