Timucuan Parks Foundation Offers Self-Guided Volunteer Events This Fall

Students can earn community service hours from now through Dec. 2 by collecting litter at a park

Timucuan Parks Foundation is once again offering a way for students to earn community service hours. Students can visit a local park or preserve from now through Dec. 2 to help clean up litter and earn community service hours. Two hours of community service will be allowed per cleanup event, plus the students will be entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win Mayday’s Handcrafted Ice Creams gift cards. They will also have a chance to win one of three Hydro Flask water bottles that will be awarded at the end of the fall program.

Students collect litter at a self-guided volunteer cleanup at Castaway Island Preserve

Students can visit our parks page to choose one of Jacksonville’s national, state, or city preservation parks for their cleanup event. (Please note that Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation are currently not open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) TPF asks that you spend 1.5 to 2 hours cleaning up the park. They suggest going with a family member or friend, wearing a mask, and following social distancing guidelines. Volunteers should bring three to four large trash bags, protective gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, water and a snack.

Students will be required to submit pictures to document the event and must complete an online Parks Cleanup Completed Form. Pictures can be before and after photos, selfies, pictures of the group working and a final one with the filled trash bags. Participants should upload photos and the location to social media and use #tpfcleanup or tag @timucuanparks. Photos can be sent directly to volunteer@timucuanparks.org.

The online form and more details about what to bring and what to wear can be found on our self-guided volunteer events page. For more information, email info@timucuanparks.org or call (904) 463-1799.