The Wildlife Foundation of Florida is the preeminent leader for Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. A not-for-profit, non-political organization, we are dedicated to preserving Florida’s fish and wildlife for future generations. Now in our second decade of service, we function to raise funds and to build support for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other organizations engaged in science-based nature conservation, management, education, and research activities. Listed below is a sample of the over 60 programs we support with your help.
Join with us as a Conservation Partner to help save Florida’s endangered species and the habitat they need to survive. Your gift enables us to respond quickly in areas of greatest need.
Recent research indicates that over the past 10 years, the proportion of children ages 9 to 12 who spent time in activities like hiking, walking, and fishing declined by 50%. That isn’t healthy for the future of our children—or for the future of our great outdoors—so the Wildlife Foundation of Florida is helping find a solution.
MISSION: Engaging communities, families and individuals in outdoor experiences to achieve healthier lifestyles and sustain Florida’s natural resources.
VISION: A healthy Florida community that is connected with nature and reflects social diversity exhibits a conservation ethic ensuring a sustainable future and recreational opportunities.
Carlton Ward Jr. is a National Geographic Explorer and the recipient of the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Through his photography and writing, he is working to raise awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor and inspire the land conservation needed to keep the Corridor connected.
It is well known that the quality coral reefs, especially the shallow bank reefs such as Davis Reef, have declined in recent years. Coral cover especially has dropped considerably.
Workshops are designed primarily for women; however, it is an excellent opportunity for anyone 18 years of age or older to learn the outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, and a variety of outdoor pursuits. These workshops focus on the learning of outdoor skills. We strive to offer a variety of topics in our workshops, balanced between hunting/shooting, fishing and non-consumptive (canoeing, camping, etc.) activities.
Brooksville Ridge volunteers are committed to projects that preserve native species and habitats in many Southwest and North Central counties such as Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Levy and Gilchrist.
Operational nearly 50 years now on FWC’s Corbett Wildlife Management Area, the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp has provided 1-week, residential, wildlife-oriented camping experiences for boys and girls, ages 8 to 14. About 25,000 campers have attended programs at the Youth Conservation Camp to date. In 1995 the Youth Conservation Camp expanded to a capacity of 96 campers per week and there is STILL a waiting list to attend!
The Friends group assists the Chinsegut Nature Center and the Chinsegut Wildlife Environmental Area through fundraising, partnerships and outreach. The Chinsegut Wildlife Environmental Area serves the public through public nature programs and festivals, and through restoration of the natural ecosystems.
The primary mission of the FWC Employee Disaster Relief fund is to provide immediate cash assistance to FWC employees in the wake of a natural disaster or a house fire. The fund may also assist affected employees with utilities, rent or house payments in certain situations.
FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program strives to form voluntary and long-term partnerships with private landowners that promote the wise use and stewardship of natural resources on private lands. Donations to the Landowner Assistance Program are used to deliver many types of conservation assistance including technical, education, outreach, recognition, monitoring, and/or financial.
Protecting Florida’s natural resources and people through proactive and responsive law enforcement services.
The FWC Law Enforcement Memorial Fund was created to help defray the costs associated with travel to and from state and national memorial services by Division personnel and those spouses and immediate family members of members that were killed in the line-of-duty and to pay for the purchase and maintenance of memorial displays and other costs associated with honored fallen members.
The FWC Volunteer Program seeks donations to further develop the use of citizen science throughout the agency. By donating, you can help the FWC Volunteer Program expand and improve training and educational materials, project supplies, recognition awards, recruitment events and volunteer management capacity.
The Florida black bear was removed from the State List of Threatened Species in 2012, but conservation efforts did not stop there. It takes a tremendous effort from many partners to ensure bears continue to be a valued part of Florida’s wildlife heritage. That is where you come in; please consider donating to the Bear Management Fund to help us meet current and future bear conservation and management challenges.
The Gopher Tortoise Habitat Fund furthers the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) management plan to protect the threatened gopher tortoise. Funds will help obtain gopher tortoise habitat and assist with the cost of land-management activities needed to maintain suitable living and foraging conditions.
The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail (GFB&WT) is a program of the FWC. At its core is a network of 491 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching, wildlife viewing, or educational opportunities. This 2000-mile, self-guided highway trail is designed to conserve and enhance Florida’s bird habitat by promoting birdwatching activities, conservation education and economic opportunity.
This fund was established to aid in the recovery of injured or orphaned Florida panthers as well as other panther conservation needs. The Florida Panther Fund is an important resource that will give the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) flexibility to deal with rare, unplanned and non-budgeted events.
Donations to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Hunter Safety Fund are directed to the Youth Hunting Program of Florida.
The Keys Marine Laboratory (KML), located in the City of Layton on Long Key, Florida, is operated jointly by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), a unit of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), a consortium under the State University System (SUS). The KML was established as a full service marine research and education center serving undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers from the state, national and international scientific communities.
The Lionfish Outreach Program goals include educating the public about the lionfish invasion, familiarizing the public with safe lionfish handling, and increasing participation in lionfish control efforts. Ongoing projects include development of the Reef Rangers Lionfish Control Program, a volunteer-based organization that encourages divers to regularly remove invasive lionfish; and the continuation of our annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, a statewide event to promote awareness and involvement.
As you may know already, the focus of our FWC Marine Mammal Research Program is conservation research designed to provide timely information for protecting Florida manatees. Understanding the population trends and biology of manatees is of fundamental importance to recovery efforts. Staff biologists conduct studies to evaluate how the Florida manatee population is doing in terms of abundance, mortality, health, available habitat, and behavior.
Marine Science Education at Cedar Key is a hands- on- learning experience from the Florida Fish and Wildlife and is funded through Sport Fish Restoration. Classes vary from habitat conservation, fish Identification, kid’s fishing clinics, adult fishing clinics, angler outreach, and specialized programs upon request. Each program has a common goal- to teach proper conservation of Florida’s marine fisheries and their habitats through ethical angling and proper stewardship.
Northeast Region volunteers are committed to projects that preserve native species and habitats in many northeast counties such as Marion, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns.
Children spend more time indoors than ever before resulting in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and even depression. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is fighting back against “nature deficit disorder” with outdoor fun. At network centers children experience canoeing and kayaking, fishing, wildlife observation and archery and learn to be stewards of our fish and wildlife.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (PBC DERM), and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida (WFF) have agreed to cooperatively partner and establish a network of mooring buoys to protect Palm Beach County’s most sensitive shallow reefs. These reefs are suffering from damage caused by the deployment of boat anchors by those who use the reefs for recreational and commercial purposes.
Support Florida Sportfish in the Keys – Patrick Cervone Memorial Fund For my son to conserve, protect, grow and make our South Florida fishing flourish forever.
Ridge Rangers are dedicated volunteers committed to conserving one of Florida’s most endangered ecosystems, the Lake Wales Ridge. People of all ages, backgrounds and skills are working together to help wildlife managers protect habitat, manage wildlife populations, conduct important research and educate others about the rare qualities of this fragile ecosystem.
Your contribution provides the necessary funding for FWC staff and well-trained volunteers to expand the Southeastern American Kestrel Project
All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.