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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: No phone calls, please. Email for days and times.

We are restoring the flatwoods by pulling vines, cutting the fronds off of the saw palmetto,removing exotic vegetation, raking and hauling the debris to a dumpster. While fulfilling your hours, learn about the importance of fire, the plant and animal communities of the flatwoods and the Dry Scrub, gopher tortoises. Take a look at our Facebook page for a glimpse at some of the plants and animals that we are encountering while in The Preserve. You must register by e-mail before 5:00 p.m. the day of the deadline to participate.
Dates:Friday, January 30, 2015 (*January 28th)
Saturday, January 31, 2015 (*January 28th)
Friday, February 6, 2015 (*February 4th)
Friday, February 20, 2015 (*February 18th)
Saturday, February 21, 2015(*Feb. 18th)
Times of Work: Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Rebecca Speer, email us only, no phone calls please
1690 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 261-4290 email us
Secondary Contact: Jill Orstad
Phone: (239) 213-3020
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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