Fakahatchee Strand - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Fakahatchee Strand volunteers play a vital role in the daily operations of the park. We offer on-site resident positions and are always looking for local volunteers. Fakahatchee offers a unique setting with a wide range of opportunities to contribute. Volunteer roles include maintaining trails, presenting interpretive programs, visitor’s services, assisting in exotic removal, mechanical work and assisting our biologist, just to name a few. We are always open to new ideas on how volunteers can help out at our park. Training, uniforms and worker’s compensation are provided while on the job.

The Friends of Fakahatchee provides financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and to educate the public about its importance.  From November to the end of March, the Friends of Fakahatchee offer tram tours and guided swamp walks through the park.  All the proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit the park.  The Friends also greet visitors at the boardwalk, clear park trails and perform vital maintenance for the park.  For more information about tours or to become a member of the Friends of Fakahatchee please visit their website orchidswamp.org

If you are interested in volunteering at Fakahatchee, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mike Duey at michael.duey@dep.state.fl.us or at 239-695-4593 .


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