The Timucuan Parks Foundation and JaxParks will be hosting a volunteer workday at Castaway Island Preserve on Wednesday, July 21.
Volunteers are asked to join the organizations from 9 a.m. to noon to help with litter pickup and maintenance of the trails and pollinator garden at the preserve. Castaway Island Preserve is located at 2921 San Pablo Road S. in Jacksonville.
Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and bring work gloves (if possible), sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses and a full reusable water bottle. A warning: yellow flies are out and can be annoying. Consider wearing long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat. Timucuan Parks Foundation will have additional work gloves, equipment and supplies. Snacks and water will be provided.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome and can earn community service hours. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or Scouts leader during the project. Registration is not required. Waivers can be obtained in advance at timucuanparks.com/volunteer/.
A final summer volunteer opportunity will be held on Aug. 4 at Reddie Point Preserve and will include a special guest. Danielle Carlino with Safe Kids Northeast Florida at THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health led by Wolfson Children’s Hospital will be discussing open water safety in local waterways including creeks, lakes, rivers and the ocean.
She will provide safety tips and information including the significance of wearing a life jacket. For more information, visit timucuanparks.com/volunteer/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (904) 374-1107.