DUCK KEY, Fla. – Hawks Cay Resort, a resort destination in the Florida Keys, announced that it is partnering with The Everglades Foundation to raise awareness of its initiative to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem.
“Our guests come visit to experience the natural Florida Keys environment, and with the Everglades in our backyard, we know how important it is to educate them on their potential impact to this precious habitat,” said Sheldon Suga, VP Managing Director of Hawks Cay Resort.
The heart of the partnership lies in the resort’s Environmental Education program for children at Camp Hawk, which will provide a new Everglades Literacy curriculum for campers to learn about the ecosystem and its importance to South Florida. As the partnership’s goal is to educate, this component focuses on teaching the upcoming generations about the importance of preserving the Everglades. Visitors will also find messaging throughout the resort that educate on best practices for conserving water and being more eco-friendly while on vacation.
“The Everglades is a national treasure that houses hundreds of species of beautiful and fascinating wading birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, amphibians and plants. However, America’s Everglades is on life support,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation. “More than 70 threatened and endangered species call the Everglades home. Over a century of ditching and draining have reduced the wetlands to half their original size.”
He continued, “Everglades education will introduce our future generation at Camp Hawk to key aspects of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem – including its watershed, endangered species, and water conservation.”
In addition to the educational component of the partnership, the Resort will have reusable water bottles available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the foundation. As well, guests will have the opportunity to make a donation during their stay.