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Naples Preserve

County: Collier
Categories Environment

The Naples Preserve is 9.5 acres of Upland Pine Flatwoods and Oak-Rosemary Scrub located at U.S. 41 and Fleischmann Blvd. just south of the Coastland Center Mall.  It is a City of Naples Environmentally Sensitive Site and a gopher tortoise preserve.  Funding for the acquisition of this site was by the citizens of the City of Naples and by Florida Communities Trust (Forever Florida funds). A 0.4 mile boardwalk meanders through the preserve offering a view of plants and animals representative of Naples before development.  The Hedges Family Eco-Center is an environmental information outlet for 20 partner organizations that preserve and protect the environment in Collier County.  Volunteers are involved in all aspects of programming, promotion, habitat management and scientific study.

Job Description: Dates for the following will be posted at a later date. See us at the Service-Learning Fair or contact us via e-mail after the fair. Restoration work (listed under #1) usually does not begin until October when temperatures are cooler. Other projects (listed under #2) can possibly be scheduled earlier. We do have some projects in mind.

(1)We are the BEST PLACE to full-fill your COLLOQUIUM hours. Learn about scrub, flatwoods and gopher tortoises. We will be posting workdays in the fall. Check back here or with your Colloquium instructor. Contact us by e-mail only, please.

(2) We love working with students who need to do group projects for their classes.
Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Ms. Rebecca Speer
1690 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 261-4290 email us
Secondary Contact: Anna Breeden
Phone: (239) 261-4290
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered:

A chance to make a real contribution to environmental preservation.

Additional Information:

Every effort will be made to help each student have a meaningful volunteer experience while learning about the local environment.  We will work to accommodate particular interests and internships or mentoring where there is interest.  Our volunteer staff include experts in geology, reptiles, and general Florida natural history.  A resource library is available at The Hedges Family Eco-Center.

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