Student Self-Guided Cleanups

Student Self-Guided Cleanups


Earn Service Hours byHelping Our Parks

Now more people than ever are visiting Jacksonville’s parks and preserves! Timucuan Parks Foundation and its national, state, and city park partners need your help in keeping these special outdoor spaces clean.

Go on one (or more) Self-Guided Volunteer Cleanups in the parks to earn 2 Hours of Community Service per “Event” and get a chance to win a gift card for Mayday’s Handcrafted Ice Creams.

The Winter 2023 program runs from January 1 to March 31 and is open to students of all ages including those in home-school.

1. Plan where to go and with whom

Look at the Timucuan Parks Foundation Parks Map and decide where you want to go. Ask a family member to go with you or make plans with friends to meet you there.

2. Prepare

Decide when you want to go. Check the weather and temperature. Pack the items you will need including:

  • Water and a snack
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • 2-3 large 30-gallon trash bags
  • Disposable gloves
  • Dress appropriately—wear closed-toe shoes, breathable shirt and pants/shorts, a hat, and a mask.

3. Go!

Visit the park of your choice and pick up litter for 1.5 or more hours.

Be Safe!

  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Do not pick up anything sharp or pointy or dead.
  • Fill bags about 1/2 to 3/4 full so you can still lift and tie them easily.

Take Pictures!

Before and After, selfies, your friends, and a final one of you and your trash bags. YOU WILL NEED THESE FOR STEP 4.

Collect the Bags!

Tie up your trash bags and leave them in or next to a park trash receptacle.

4. Wrap up and Reflection

Share photos on your social media using #tpfcleanup or tag us @timucuanparks

You can also email your photos to [email protected].

Fill out the Parks Cleanup Completed form to submit your community service hours. Timucuan Parks Foundation will email you confirmation of 2 hours of community service.

When you submit the form below and your photos, your name is entered into a weekly draw, for each week you participate, for a chance to receive a Mayday’s ice cream gift card. One name will be randomly selected each week for a Mayday’s gift card starting the week after Week 1 and ending the week after the end date.

Student Self-GuidedCleanups Impact

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Parks Cleanup Completed form

For all self-guided service in the parks, student volunteers must follow all park rules and policies as well as promote and exhibit safe behavior at all times. Children under 16 should be supervised by their parent/guardian or scout leader. Please read the liability waiver prior to volunteering.

Use this form to report your Student Self-guided Cleanup service hours. The home address is used only for mailing your community service certificate or gift card if your name is selected.
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Share your photos on social media with #tpfcleanup or @timucuanparks, or send directly to [email protected] Thank you!