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Nick Ogle showing marine animals to park attendees.

When it comes to sharing the excitement of wildlife and wild places—FIU CASE is there to engage and inspire. With partners like the City of Doral, accessible messages of environmental stewardship are truly magnified when we join forces to engage the community.

Earlier this August, we joined the City of Doral for the opening of Doral Glades Park – the city’s first environmental park. At 23 acres in size, it features outdoor activities such as kayaking, volleyball courts and a boardwalk to get up close with local flora and fauna. The environmental center showcases the natural history of Miami-Dade County.

We brought hands-on activities that emphasize the roles we each play in local conservation efforts. With a unique animal encounter focusing on invertebrates from our Biscayne Bay Campus (like sea urchins, horse conchs, and snails) and a fishing game which explores the pertinence of wildlife tracking, event attendees saw firsthand how our researchers are using their studies to not only better understand our local ecosystems, but to help the different species living in them survive and ultimately thrive.

To learn more about what we are doing to engage the community, please visit our website.

Daniel Mannina contributed to this article.