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Who We Are

About the Florida National Parks Association:

The FNPA traces its roots to the Everglades Natural History Association, formed at Everglades National Park in 1951. In 1985, our scope of work was significantly expanded to include additional National Park Services responsibilities at Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, and Dry Tortugas National Park. Today, we are proud to serve our parks through retail, fundraising,  servicesToday, we are proud to serve our parks through retail, fundraising, and interpretative and educational services.

Executive Director

Jessica Pierce


Everglades National Park Institute is a program of its official nonprofit partner, Florida National Parks Association. The Institute seeks to increase visitor access to Everglades National Park through immersive, educational experiences for visitors of Everglades National Park. These interactive programs teach visitors about the ecosystems and history of the park and its surrounding areas. Proceeds from programs are used to support Everglades National Park. Be sure to also visit our sister Institutes in Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress Preserve. 


What Makes us Special?

  • As an official partner of the National Park Service, we are trained along side the NPS Interpretive Rangers to ensure our staff are trained on the most up-to-date programs, research, and opportunities in Everglades National Park.  
  • Providing small group trips, with groups ranging from 1-14, we ensure your experience with Everglades National Park is an intimate one.  
  • When you participate in our programs, the proceeds go back to Everglades National Park.