STUDENT SELF-GUIDED CLEANUPS
EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FROM SEPT. 26 TO DEC. 2
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:
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.
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.
Visit the park of your choice and pick up litter for 1.5 hours.
- 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.
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.
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 following liability waiver prior to volunteering.