Volunteers of all ages are needed for beach cleanups and trail maintenance through the Timucuan Foundation and Jacksonville Parks. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or scout leader during the project. Registration is not required. Waivers can be obtained in advance at timucuanparks.com/volunteer/.
Upcoming events include a July 5 beach cleanup at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park; trail maintenance on a rough-cut trail off the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail on July 7; maintenance of the trails and pollinator garden at Castaway Island Preserve on July 21, and shoreline cleanup at Reddie Point Preserve on Aug 4. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 374-1107.
Jacksonville’s preservation parks were chosen strategically to provide access to all residents and ecosystem benefits to the entire area. Not only do they provide a buffer to control urban sprawl and form a “ring of parks” to define Jacksonville, but they also provide ecosystem services that help protect us from natural disasters. Trail maintenance, shoreline cleanups, invasive plant removals, native planting and other maintenance and beautification projects are vitally important to the health and resiliency of our parks, preserves, and the overall community.
About Timucuan Parks Foundation
Timucuan Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves, promotes and enhances Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education and enjoyment. The foundation originated in 1999 with the Preservation Project Jacksonville, Inc. to identify and assist in acquiring the most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands in Duval County. The acquisition of lands created the largest urban park system in the United States. TPF works with its park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, and other community partners to promote environmental stewardship, the health benefits of the parks and preserves, and an appreciation for Jacksonville’s special outdoor spaces. For more information, visit timucuanparks.org or follow @timucuanparks.