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STUDENT SELF-GUIDED CLEANUPS

EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FROM SEPT. 26 TO DEC. 2

Calling All Students

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 or a free Hydro Flask.

Open to students of all ages including those in home-school. See event instructions below.

These self-guided events take place starting Saturday, September 26 (National Public Lands Day!) to Wednesday, December 2. Weekly drawings for prizes start September 30 and will be held Wednesdays, ending December 9.

View the flyer as a PDF here.

For each event:

 Sal Taylor Creek Preserve

Sal Taylor Creek Preserve

 Hanna Park

Hanna Park

 Castaway Island Preserve

Castaway Island Preserve

 Little Talbot Island State Park

Little Talbot Island State Park

1. Plan where to go and with whom

Look at the TPF Parks Map and decide where you want to go. (Parks are open except for Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation; some have restricted facilities like restrooms. Learn more at our parks update page.)

Ask a family member to go with you or call 1-2 friends to meet you there.

2. Prepare

Decide when you want to go. Check the weather and temperature.

Pack the items you will need:

  • water and a snack
  • insect repellent and sunscreen
  • 3-4 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 hours.

Be safe!

  • Practice “social distancing” with others not from your household while picking up trash and follow the city’s emergency proclamation to wear a mask.
  • 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 @timucuanparks

Or email your photos to: volunteer @ timucuanparks.org.

Fill out the Parks Cleanup Completed form below 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, 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. Two names will be randomly selected each week for a Mayday’s gift card starting Wednesday, September 30 and ending Wednesday, December 9.

After the end of the program (December 2), three students who submitted their photos and online forms also get a chance to receive a free Hydro Flask for their next adventures.
  • 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.
  • Use home school if home-schooled
  • Share your photos on social media with #tpfcleanup or @timucuanparks, or send directly to volunteer@timucuanparks.org. Thank you!