Martin County has no shortage of ecological wonders, from vast uncrowded beaches to sprawling tropical forests, there is something for everyone to explore. These beautiful places are part of what makes the spirit of Martin County, and we want everyone to be able to experience them for generations to come. This is why we encourage explorers to adopt responsible recreation practices, so that you can be not only find the adventures that you seek, but become a steward of the environment as well.
Beyond the outdoors, advancing sustainability throughout Martin County is an integral part of our community. From ecotours to green lodging, there is a diverse array of sustainability efforts that are building resilience socially, economically, and environmentally. Luckily, whether you are a resident or a visitor, there are many ways in which you can contribute to sustainability efforts here in Martin County.
Read below to find the tools to equip your next sustainable adventure in Martin County.
Explore Natural Martin offers a variety of ecotours across Martin County to allow others to experience and learn more about the amazing environment surrounding them. Programs are offered year-round and are completely free. Click below to see a list of our upcoming programs and we hope to see you there!
The Florida Green Lodging Program (GLP) was established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to designate and recognize lodging facilities across the state that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. Currently, there are 323 designated Florida Green Lodging properties across the state.
Here in Martin County, our three of our hotels have both been established as a Green Lodging Property, meaning that they uphold high standards of sustainability in various categories, such as waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, and energy efficiency. The Green Lodging Program has a four-tiered designation represented by “Palm” levels, with the highest score a GLP Property can get being 4 Palms.
Here in Martin County, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities, especially for projects related to environmental conservation. Read below to learn about local organizations that host volunteer days and see if you can incorporate one into your next visit to Martin County!
Every action, no matter how small, is important in helping to reach larger sustainability goals! Below, you can read about a few of the sustainability initiatives within Martin County and learn how you can take part in them.
Martin County is proud to have an official, county-wide partnership with Leave No Trace, an internationally recognized organization that works to protect the outdoors through science, education, and stewardship. This partnership will give Martin County the tools to continue to develop sustainable tourism across the county, enhancing us as a destination by putting the health of our environment and surrounding communities at the forefront.
Martin County Tourism Office is a partner with One Planet Living Sustainable Tourism Programme, which aims to accelerate sustainable tourism policies and practices to address the challenges of pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. One Planet Living encompasses 10 easy-to-grasp principles along with detailed goals and guidance. “Together, these provide a clear, practical route map to create a sustainability action plan for any organization that can engage hearts as well as minds,” according to the One Planet Living website.
The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, or FYCCN, is a groundbreaking public-private partnership initiative whose goal is to inspire in youth a lifelong delight in and passion for conserving Florida’s natural resources. They aim to help young people experience the best that wild Florida has to offer, and then educate and empower them with practical conservation principals. Explore Natural Martin, Martin County’s Office of Tourism and Marketing ecotourism program, has recently become a partner of FYCCN. This will allow Explore Natural Martin to expand its outdoor educational offerings, specifically related to wildlife and conservation.