Thank you, sponsors, partners, volunteers, and participants for making Baynanza 2018 a success. This year it was exciting that Baynanza participants were able to assist with Vizcaya's Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study; Please continue to do the shore thing and keep Biscayne Bay clean all year long.
Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems in South Florida. While Baynanza includes more than 25 great events throughout March and April, the event that has become nearly synonymous with this celebration is the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day.
The early 1980s marked the beginning of a monumental effort by Miami-Dade County to save Biscayne Bay. The Bay was suffering from pollution and the marine environment of the Bay was in steep decline. Baynanza was created as part of a larger effort to save the bay.
BAYNANZA 2019 PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
College and university students are invited to enter to win prizes and recognition. Read Baynanza 2019 Photography Contest details.
Baynanza 2018 was held on Saturday, April 21. Thank you for all those who participated and our sponsors.
Baynanza 2019 will be held Saturday, April 13. Check back with us in February 2019 for registration information.
What to bring to the event
Remember to wear closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes) and bring gloves, water and snacks for your volunteers.
There will be plenty of free trash bags to fill. However, in addition to work gloves and closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes), there are other items that we suggest you bring with you to the Cleanup Day:
- Extra water
- Mosquito Repellent
- Hat or visor
Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study
In 2016, Vizcaya approached the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and CARTHE, a team of ocean scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to start a conversation about trash and pollution at Vizcaya. Together they launched an experiment, The Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study (#BayDrift), to identify the origin of the trash washing up into the basin of the Barge and mangroves around Vizcaya as well as the rest of Biscayne Bay.
How #BayDrift works:
Throughout the year, the Bay Drift team conducted 4 experiments, in different seasons and during different tides. At each experiment small wooden drift cards (inscribed with instructions on how to report them when found) were released by school students and members of the community. Additionally, CARTHE released GPS-equipped biodegradable drifters, designed to capture accurate tracks as they move through the bay.
What we have learned:
Data tracks reveal how currents and tides move debris around Biscayne Bay. Though scientists are still analyzing the data, it is clear that trash released in the bay, remains in the bay. Debris released into the northern bay is likely to stay there. More data is needed to understand the patterns in the southern bay.
How to get involved:
As of January 2018, 17 schools and 15 community-based organizations have supported #BayDrift. You can help by disposing of trash properly and volunteering to clean up the coastline. Recycle and reuse whenever possible. Participate in #BayDrift by going on walks after releases to look for cards, and spread the word about the study! Follow #BayDrift on social media platforms for more information about upcoming #BayDrift activities.
New and exciting sponsorship opportunities are being offered for Baynanza.
Sponsorship packages offer wide exposure at a unique countywide celebration featuring thousands of participants committed to the positive cause of helping our environment.
- Six weeks of exposure at more than 35 events across Miami-Dade County
- Advertisements and media coverage including print, radio and web advertising
- Online presence and promotion on the Miami-Dade County website and social media
- Promotion on the Baynanza Calendar of Events and commemorative T-shirt
- Host at the Baynanza VIP Cleanup Site at Morningside Park, which includes promotion of your core messages in a festive atmosphere to hundreds of community volunteers and their friends and families
Special sponsorship packages can also be catered to meet your marketing goals and fit your budget.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Maribel Balbin at 305-372-6999 or email Balbin@miamidade.gov.
Event host and partners
- Biscayne National Park
- City of Miami
- City of Miami Beach
- Miami-Dade County Communications Department
- Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
- Miami-Dade County Information Technologies
- Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
- Miami-Dade County Solid Waste
- Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works
- Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department
- The Miami Outboard Club