Want to Volunteer?
Many opportunities exist for you to donate your time and
talents for conservation. Whether you want to give a few hours now or hope to
participate in weekly or monthly activities, the refuge has projects for
individuals and groups. Explore the list
below for ways to support local wildlife.
Are you excited by something on the list or have unique
talents or timeframe? We need to make an
assessment of how to match your desires to assist with what it takes to safely
and effectively fill our needs. Fill out an application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the
refuge at 239-353-8442 with questions.
To ensure conservation measures are needed or working effectively,
environmental conditions and wildlife are monitored on an on-going basis. Everything from birds to amphibians, habitat
and invasive species are monitored at the refuge. Some existing knowledge is helpful to
complete these tasks. Training may be available.
Time Commitment: On-going (weekly or monthly)
Buildings, sign and trails take effort to maintain. Adopt a trail, help inventory and maintain
refuge signs, keep our headquarters grounds looking great or donate your
Time Commitment: One-time (several hours to one-day) or on-going
(weekly or monthly)
It takes a village to keep refuge lands looking good. Go on litter patrol or search for and pull
invasive plants. Several restoration
projects need on-going plant removal.
Education and Outreach
Sharing the stories of wildlife and conservation is an important part
of ensuring a future full of land stewards and refuge support. There are many ways to contribute, from
behind the scenes or on the front line.
Behind the scenes: Use your
photography and videography skills to photo document refuge wildlife and
activities, or contribute images or video to the refuge website or Facebook
page. Like to write? Prepare interest
stories for the web, newsletter or press.
In the spotlight: Receive
training to be a volunteer instructor with refuge environmental education
programs or public events. Use your
knowledge and talents to plan, host or co-host a walk, talk or activity about
the Florida Panther or South Florida wildlife.
There are plenty to do in the office, too! Help with data entry,
filing or scanning historic documents.
Conservation Events and
On occasion the refuge seeks volunteers to participate in
conservation activities such as tree planting, weed-pulling, trash pick-ups,
or distributing "living with wildlife" information to nearby neighbors. Look for these events on our website. Contact the refuge to be added to our email
list to be notified of upcoming activities.
Time Commitment: several hours to one day
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Public scoping comments for updating our fire management plan are due by Feb. 27, 2015.