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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: (1) We love working with students who need to do group projects for their classes. Email us with your project idea, or if you need to do a project but don't have a specific idea and need to find someplace that has some project ideas for you, drop us an email.

(2) Do you need to get your Colloquium hours done, or do you need to pick up some hours to make your graduation requirement? Come do habitat restoration work on our dry scrub uplands habitat. Suited for Colloquium service-learning hours. Register on-line by sending an email to our address at least 2 DAYS BEFORE the work day.
Work begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. Dates for Spring 2016:

Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20
Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5
Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19
Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2
Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16
There is no requirement to choose 2 days on the same week.

Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Mary Echols
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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