Calling All Student Volunteers

Now that the stay-at-home restrictions have eased up, there are more people than ever 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. If you are a student, here’s an opportunity to give back and earn community service hours this summer.

Go on one (or more) Self-Guided Volunteer Litter Pickups to earn 2 Hours of Community Service per “Event” and…

…get a chance to win a gift card for Mayday’s Handcrafted Ice Creams or a free Hydro Flask.

Self-guided litter pickups are open to students of all ages including those in home-school. See event instructions below.

These self-guided events will take place starting Wednesday, June 24 to Wednesday, August 12.
Weekly drawings for prizes start July 1 and will be held Wednesdays until August 12.

For each event:

1. Plan where to go and with whom

Look at the TPF Parks Map and decide where you want to go. (Parks are open except for Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation; some have restricted facilities like restrooms. Learn more at our parks update page.)

Ask a family member to go with you or call 1-2 friends to meet you there.

2. Prepare

Schedule—decide when you want to go. Take into account the weather, including rain and heat. Early in the morning or later in the afternoon or evening is best.

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, and a hat.

3. Go!

Visit the park of your choice and pick up litter for 1.5 hours.

Be safe!

  • Practice “social distancing” with others not from your household while picking up trash.
  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Do not pick up anything sharp or pointy or dead.
  • Don’t put so much trash in one bag that you cannot tie it up. Fill about 1/2 to 3/4 to keep the weight manageable, too.

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

Upload 1-3 photos and location on your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the tags:

#tpfcleanup or @timucuanparks

(Note: your profile must be set to public for us to be able to see your posts.) Or email your photos to: volunteer AT timucuanparks.org.

Fill out the form below to submit your community service hours. Timucuan Parks Foundation will email you back with confirmation of 2 hours of community service.

When you submit the form, 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. Two names will be randomly selected each week for a Mayday’s gift card starting Wednesday, July 1 through Wednesday, August 12.

At the end of the summer cleanup (August 12), three students who submitted forms during the eight weeks also get a chance to receive a free Hydro Flask for their next adventures.
  • Use home school if home-schooled
  • You can also send pictures directly to: Felicia Boyd, Program and Outreach Director, fboyd@timucuanparks.org. Questions? Contact Felicia at 904-463-1799.