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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: We will have Flatwoods Restoration on:
Saturday, May 30, 2015 and Sunday, May 31, 2015.
Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
This is outdoor work (pulling vines, raking, hauling debris out of The Preserve, etc.) and meets the Colloquium studen's service-learning requiremnts. The first day you will learn about fire, flatwoods and dry scrub. The second day, you will learn about gopher tortoises. You must pre-register at
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: Jennifer Fox
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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