MuVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment), the Miami Science Museum’s volunteer restoration project, is restoring our city’s native coastal habitats. The Project is engaging Miami residents to create an environmentally active community and a deep appreciation for our unique coastal habitats. MuVE partnered with the Reclamation Project to host a replanting event for schools and families that adopted eco-art installations throughout the year, which began last September when over two dozen Miami schools displayed mangrove installations in their classrooms or in their schools. The propagules then spent the school year germinating in plastic cups. The students nurtured them throughout the year and then replanted them on this past Saturday at Virginia Key, to reclaim areas of our urban city for nature. In all, over 150 volunteers gathered for the annual mangrove restoration event.
The participants spent the morning enjoying nature in the mangrove swamp at Virginia Key, a barrier island off the coast of downtown Miami. The smell of anoxic mud and the children frolicking in the dense sediment squishing between their toes all made for a successful event. Over 650 Mangrove seedlings were planted in this salty marsh. Surrounded by emerging mangroves from previous installations, the promise of a new mangrove habitat rising up out of the muck is a dream that is coming true.