Pennekamp - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Volunteer -

The Campground Host/Volunteer Program at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park relies upon individuals to help us accomplish our mission of preserving and protecting the natural resources of Florida and providing outstanding guest services for the park and its visitors. All of our staff (whether paid employees or volunteers) play a vital role and volunteers can do many things -- we are always looking for skills and talents that you may have to offer. The volunteer program has opportunities for both local residents (seasonal and year-round) and overnight campers. From assisting in the field and working in the shop, to maintaining restrooms and camper assistance, to helping with interpretive materials and guiding nature walks, there are many ways for a person can help. Volunteers living in the area also help year-round in our native-plant nursery with cultivating, watering, and planting native species on park lands, or helping to remove exotic plants. A few volunteers assist with interpretation by giving nature walks or helping staff the Visitors’ Center.  Volunteering in the Florida State Parks provides the community with an opportunity to give something to the park while providing a much-needed work force to enhance the overall operation of the park. We need your help to make John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park the best it can be.

Please contact the volunteer coordinator by email or regular mail:

Elena Muratori, Park Services Specialist
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
P.O. Box 487
Key Largo, FL 33037

For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.

Volunteer

There are 175 state parks consisting of more than 791,000 acres, hosting more than 31 million visitors a year. Florida State Parks could not succeed without the help of volunteers. In 2015, volunteers contributed more than 1.2 million hours. Find out how you can volunteer at a state park. 

Friends of Florida State Parks

Friends of Florida State Parks is a statewide citizen support organization whose dedicated members and volunteers help support the entire Florida State Park system by preserving, protecting and ensuring accessibility to state parks, educating visitors about the value of state parks, encouraging community engagement and active use of state parks, and providing financial support to supplement state funding. For more information, visit the Friends of Florida State Parks.

Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation

The Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation is Florida's chief advocacy organization for non-motorized trails. The Foundation supports greater use of trails for recreation, for fitness and health, for reducing carbon emissions, for attracting leisure travelers, for building community, for beautification, and for a larger role in evolving multi-modal transportation policy. 

Friends Groups

Friends groups, also referred to as Citizen Support Organizations (CSO), provide support to individual parks by volunteering, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects. There are currently 86 friends groups supporting state parks throughout Florida.

Florida Conservation Corps

The Florida Conservation Corps works to develop natural and cultural resource leaders by connecting them to areas of critical need in conservation, preservation, interpretation and resource-based recreation. The program encompasses Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators) and Park Cadets.

Life Program

Are you interested in working with middle school students as they explore the natural world? The Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program brings students out of their classrooms to learn science in Florida State Parks. The LIFE program offers a variety of volunteer duties and spans throughout Florida to include 22 state parks and many other public access lands along the way.