Florida's National Parks Offer A Uniquely Florida Perspective

Posted on Aug 11th 2020 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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Did you know that the National Park Service, or NPS, was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act and is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior

In Florida, we are fortunate enough to have 11 National Parks that are managed and curated by the NPS. They're convenitently spread across the State, so a few hours' car ride will have you at the gateway to adventure. 

The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment. Our Florida National Parks receive more than 10 million visitors each year and are home to more than 47 threatened and endangered species of animals.

At Florida Blue, we are incredibly proud of our state’s NPS parks and the countless health benefits they offer the residents of our fine state. From beaches for swimming, snorkeling, diving and paddling, to hiking trails, and birding paths, our NPS parks here in Florida host countless activities to inspire you to get outdoors, help ease your mind during these challenging times and be healthy and take in the fresh air. Social distancing is also managable at these expansive parks.

Personally, I have been enjoying Biscayne National Park since my youth and it was in the safe, vibrant waters of Biscayne Bay that I learned how to swim and I’ll also never forget the very first time I explored the Everglades, where I learned to respect our native wildlife and find peace and tranquility amongst the tall grasses and wild flowers that bloom there.

Be inspired, get outdoors and go out and #FindYourPark and celebrate America’s Best Idea.

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Marilu Cristina Flores

Marilu is a veteran of the entertainment industry, her career in entertainment spans over thirteen years having worked with some of the most prominent creative media houses known, including, Warner Brothers, MTV and Universal Pictures. In 2014, she shifted gears to begin working as a digital marketing professional. Prior to her work at Florida Blue, she worked for Keurig in Waterbury, Vermont. Marilu is incredibly passionate about our oceans, wildlife, and conservation, and has been featured as a guest speaker at conferences nationwide for her knowledge and expertise on Marine environments and the issues affecting our oceans. A Miami native, she holds a degree in Tropical Coastal Ecosystem Resource Management from the University of Queensland and sits on several Marine Science and Conservation nonprofit boards.

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