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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.

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

The Holidays run concluded on January 5 and a new Winter – Spring Break 2021 version starts Monday, January 18 (MLK Day) through March 14. The weekly drawing for an ice cream gift card starts January 25 and will be held Mondays, ending March 15.

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. (Check if any parks are closed by visiting our parks status 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 or more 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 @

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 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 Monday, January 25 and ending Monday, March 14.

  • 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 Thank you!