Timucuan Parks Foundation’s Student Self-Guided Cleanup Program Ending Soon

Students can still earn community service hours through March 14 by collecting litter at a park
Riley Brubaker cleaned up at Blue Cypress Park

Timucuan Parks Foundation (TPF) would like to remind any students interested in earning community service hours that they have until March 14 to complete their self-guided volunteer cleanup at a local park. TPF has been offering students a chance to earn two hours of community service by vising one or more of Jacksonville’s parks or preserves to pick-up litter.

“Spring Break is next week, which is a perfect time for students to earn their community service hours while enjoying the outdoors and exploring some of our ‘wilderness’ parks,” said Felicia Boyd, program and outreach director for TPF. “It’s a win for the environment and our parks and preserves and a win for the youth and their families.”

Jonathan and Thomas Wojcik show their cleanup work at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Students should visit timucuanparks.org/parks/ to choose a preservation park then spend about 1.5 hours or more picking up litter. The students must document the work with photos which can be a selfie, before and after photos, or pictures of the group. TPF would also like a final picture of the filled trash bags. Pictures and the location should be uploaded to social media and tagged with @timucuanparks and/or #tpfcleanup, or sent directly to volunteer@timucuanparks.org. Following the cleanup event, students will need to fill out an online form at https://www.timucuanparks.org/self-guided/.

TPF suggests 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. For more information, email volunteer@timucuanparks.org or visit https://www.timucuanparks.org/self-guided/.