The South Miami community has non profit organizations with services that strengthens everyone’s knowledge of the many ways that citizens can make a difference in society.
The Tropical Audubon Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization established in 1947. They are located on three sub-tropical acres of native habitat in South Miami on Sunset Drive in the Doc Thomas House which is a Miami Dade County Historic site. They are a chapter of Audubon of Florida and the National Audubon Society. They are a dedicated group of citizens who care about the quality of South Florida’s environment and work to protect the natural world especially native plants and animals in the habitat. They have outstanding outings and monthly programs such as morning trips, all day trips, overnight trips, where you will see plants, birds, and butterflies. Also very important seasonal bird counts, special events birdathon, plant sales and many wonderful ways to enjoy your time supporting a great cause and learning more about our native environment. All field trips are led by volunteer leaders from the Tropical Audubon Society and take place rain or shine. There are also nature walks and overnight boat trips. They have a trip to central Panama for two weeks along the Panama Canal to see 950 bird species. Other activities are workday at the Doc Thomas House, and workday at Porter-Russell Pine Rockland Preserve. Fairchild Gardens/Matheson Hammock Bird walk and A.D. Barnes Park bird walk are also scheduled. This is a wonderful experience for everyone to enjoy.
The Junior Orange Bowl is a not for profit organization that hosts academic, athletic and cultural competitions that bring in over 7,500 youth from Miami, the State of Florida, across the United States and over 76 countries worldwide to compete. The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is made from these events with over 15 competitions showing the strengths, talents and skills of girls and boys from five to eighteen years old. The Junior Orange Bowl began in 1948 and hosts the youth parade featuring high school and college marching bands, community and youth groups that attract a crowd of over 35,000 neighbors, friends and families.