Urban Paradise Guild welcomes you


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Ian Response: Community Nodes

UPG is working in Miami to help people in Ft Myers, with a focus on low-income neighborhoods. https://urbanparadiseguild.org/ian/

UPG has Volunteer Operations 3x per week 2022!

Be Climate Active.

Please see our calendar and make reservations!
Projects are at ACE Preserve in North Miami and Amelia Park in Hialeah.

UPG needs your help so another 25,000 people in Haiti can feed themselves! 

Hurricane Matthew wiped out crops in SW Haiti. Famine is imminent.
Our first batch was delivered in April: Seeds for about 26,000!
Now we need YOU to help us keep going. 

Seeds for Haiti: Click Here for Info! 

Thank you Miami for standing up for clean energy and voting NO on Amendment 1!

Read about the efforts by UPG to ban fracking in Florida

Anti-Fracking Rally

QUICK-SIGNUP (new for 2016)

Short & sweet way to get started as a Volunteer & get our Newsletter! Click Here.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

We want to live in URBAN PARADISE. There’s been a lot of damage done, so it will take work and creativity.


Click on the activity you like for more info, and then make your Reservation! You will change the world.


Short & sweet way to get started as a Volunteer & get our Newsletter! Click Here.


Read what’s happening in Urban Paradise! To Subscribe & get it delivered fresh, click NEWSLETTER! You can provide us with input on what you care most about too.

The Mission of the Urban Paradise Guild

Our mission is to re-create native habitats in the Urban areas of Miami-Dade County, and to promote sustainable models for healthy living that safeguard, enhance and integrate the human and natural worlds for the benefit of both. Urban gardening and fruit trees are examples of the plant habitats that sustain humans. We do this too, because how can a place be Urban Paradise without great fruits & vegetables?

5 Locations & 3 Chapters

3 Nurseries

6 Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

0 Excuses

UPG now has many project Locations to serve YOU!
* Oleta River State Park (Forestry & Coastal Projects)
* Arch Creek East Preserve (Coastal Projects)
* Amelia Earhart County Park (Agriculture Projects + Nursery)
* Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Forestry Projects + Nursery)
* Matheson Hammock County Park (Forestry & Coastal Projects)

Project depend on season and Location needs, but they include Urban Gardening, Forestry, Nursery… you might plant Native Habitats, Butterfly Habitats, or a Food Forest!

When you invest just 3 hours per month at one of these Locations, you become part of the solution.

UPG also needs Interns, Team Leaders, Managers and Specialists! Go to the Calendar, select a Volunteer Opportunity, and get started THIS WEEKEND! Families are welcome at most UPG Locations. See the Volunteering menu above.

We believe that if Mother Nature is given a little help

the Urban areas we live in can become Paradise again. She will repay us with a bounty of human health, and in recreational and economic opportunity. The habitat we create is an investment in the places we where we live – and much more. It also addresses global problems such as Sea-Level Rise, Fisheries Collapse, and Global Warming at the same time. The benefits of Urban-grown food go far beyond taste and nutrition for the consumer. It fights Climate Change directly in two critical ways: Minimal Transportation, and most importantly (when grown organically), it stops the pollution caused by chemical farming.

South Florida is more at risk to the combined effects of Hurricanes and Sea-Level Rise than any metropolitan area on the Earth. Failure is not an option for Miami-Dade. Let’s invite an environment like the Keys and the Bahamas back into our Bay, and butterflies into our yards and balconies at work and at home. It isn’t all work – we play a lot too. There are a thousand ways to enjoy the environments of South Florida – and a thousand reasons to take care of it.

Restoration Workouts

They’re good for Mother Nature and all her children. Come out, get a workout, and help the environment too. Our work maintains our personal health while it and heals environmental damage. Activities include planting of mangroves, upland trees and butterfly gardens, nursery work, education, stewardship, and especially recreation.

Become a volunteer

and help make your world a better place. Welcome, friends, to

Urban Paradise Guild

Sam Van Leer, President & Founder
“Creating a Sustainable Paradise in South Florida, one Habitat at a time!”


An enormous amount of gratitude to our 40 donors on Give Miami Day who funded a combined $4000 to UPG. Give Miami Day may be over, but we still hope you will consider supporting the hard-working leaders of UPG