The Aquatic Preserve Passport is filled with information about remarkably diverse natural communities, from wetlands to freshwater springs to beaches and corals. This passport is your guide to unlocking Florida's aquatic wonders. You'll also find ideas for recreation and activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, historical site visits, guided tours and much more! Paddling enthusiasts can enjoy the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, the state’s longest sea paddling trail, which includes segments in many of these managed areas. Below the water’s surface, divers and snorkelers can view underwater limestone caves, historic shipwrecks and corals.
Before embarking on your real-life tours, you can take a virtual tour. Our interactive story map takes you to our 41 aquatic treasures across the state, describing highlights of each aquatic preserve, along with links to each of their web pages on the DEP website.
Visit an AP and Get Some Swag
We challenge you to visit as many sites as possible with this passport! You can have your passport stamped by Aquatic Preserve or National Estuarine Research Reserve staff, or you can use the honor system and date your visit in the area provided on each page describing an aquatic preserve.
If you'd like to receive a printed version of the AP Passport, please email FloridaCoasts@FloridaDEP.gov and provide a full mailing address. Please allow time for processing and shipping.
How to Get Your Swag:
Track your progress and get some swag!
Send us information about your visits and include a photo/selfie from your trip to our beautiful aquatic preserves.
Prizes are given when you've reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 41 visits.
Your prize will be mailed to you upon verification. Prizes can only be redeemed once per level, per person.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.