Nonprofit will join their park partner for a volunteer project at Hanna Park
Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 25, 2019 – Timucuan Parks Foundation will be participating in the statewide Weed Wrangle® on March 2 and will be working with their City of Jacksonville park partner for a volunteer event at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Weed Wrangle® Florida is a one-day, statewide, volunteer effort to remove invasive species from public parks and green spaces. Volunteers are asked to meet at the park at 500 Wonderwood Dr. at 9 a.m. to help remove invasive plants, including kalanchoe, wild taro, sword fern, and air potato.
“Removing invasive plants and allowing the native plants to grow makes our coastal ecosystems more resilient to hurricanes and storm damage,” said Felicia Boyd, program and outreach director. “You can help in your community by learning more about these invasive plants and removing them from your own yard and neighborhood.”
Volunteers should let park staff at the front gate know they are there for the Weed Wrangle® and they will be directed to the meeting location. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, preferably long pants and long sleeves to protect arms and legs. Bring work gloves (if you have them), sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses and a reusable water bottle. Timucuan Parks Foundation will have additional work gloves, equipment and supplies and will provide snacks and water.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth leader. Volunteers are eligible for community service hours. To receive a waiver or for more information, contact Timucuan Parks Foundation at [email protected]. Volunteers are welcome to stay fee-free after the project to enjoy all that Hanna Park has to offer including swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, and disc golf.
Weed Wrangle® Florida is an effort coordinated by the Florida Invasive Species Partnership and Garden Club of America and is held in conjunction with Native Invasive Species Awareness Week. Events will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at locations throughout the state.
About Timucuan Parks Foundation
The Timucuan Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves, promotes and protects Jacksonville’s vast network of preservation parks. The foundation originated in 1999 with the Preservation Project Jacksonville, Inc. to identify and assist in acquiring the most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands in Duval County. The acquisition of lands created the largest urban park system in the United States. The Timucuan Parks Foundation works with park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, to promote environmental stewardship, the health benefits of the parks and preserves, and an appreciation for Jacksonville’s special outdoor spaces. For more information, visit timucuanparks.org.