Biscayne National Park Nature and Science

The living coral reef is just one of Biscayne National Park's stunning natural resources. (NPS photo by Stephen Frink) Ninety-five percent of Biscayne National Park's 173,000 acres are covered by water, making it the largest marine park in the National Park System. Four major ecosystems are protected within the park. They are: - a narrow fringe of mangrove forest along the mainland shoreline of Biscayne Bay; - the clear shallow waters of Biscayne Bay itself; - the northernmost islands of the Florida Keys; and - the beginning of the world's third-longest coral reef tract. This mix of upland and marine environments provides habitat for hundreds of species of animals and plants. The park's proximity to Greater Miami, with a population approaching 2.5 million people, provides a unique set of challenges which include overfishing, boat groundings and water pollution, among others.

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Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.