Young Friends of the Everglades

Young Friends of the Everglades is dedicated to teaching young people about environmental advocacy. Our mission is to protect, preserve and restore the only Everglades in the world, not just for us but also for future generations. The “River of Grass” is home to more than 3,000 fragile animals and plants that need our protection. We are the Voice of the Everglades, Marjory’s Echo.

Our Pledge | I pledge to uphold the mission of the Young Friends of the Everglades by advocating for protection of the only Everglades in the world and the animals that depend on its unique ecosystem.

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About the Everglades

As Marjory Stoneman Douglas once wrote, “There are no other Everglades in the world.” The Florida Everglades consists of 1.5 million acres of preserved land and water areas. Rare species such as the Florida panther, the roseate spoonbill, and others make their homes in Florida’s Everglades because of the grassy wetlands and tall pine forests that provide food and shelter to its inhabitants. The Everglades extends through nine different habitats in the entire ecosystem. Designated a park in 1947, Everglades National Park exists because the protection of this wild area is so important to Florida.

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Learn About the Key Deer

There are an estimated 600-800 Key deer in the Florida Keys. The Key deer population has been reduced significantly since the early 1900s, and their classification is “endangered.”

Our government leaders are in charge of the Endangered Species Act, but we can help. Sign the petition today urging our government leaders to do their job and protect this endangered species.

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Save the Key Deer

As a Young Friend of the Everglades, I am raising my voice to support keeping the Key deer on the federal endangered species list.

The Key deer is the smallest of the North American deer. The species is found only in the Florida Keys, where only about 600 Key deer remain.

Scientists and residents have reason to be concerned about the survival of the species. Many Key deer have died from hurricanes, disease and being struck by cars. They also are losing their fresh drinking water as sea levels rise.

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