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.”

The Summer 2024 program runs from July 1 to September 30 and is open to students of all ages (including those in home-school) and community members.

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 and a hat.

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.

Parks Cleanup Completed form

For all self-guided service in the parks, student and community 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/program 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 should you not receive the digital version.
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Share your photos on social media with #tpfcleanup or @timucuanparks, or send directly to [email protected]. Thank you!