Highlands Hammock - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Get Involved

There are 160 state parks consisting of more than 700,000 acres, hosting more than 21 million visitors a year. Florida State Parks could not succeed without the help of volunteers.  In 2013, volunteers contributed more than 1.3 million hours. Find out how you can volunteer at a state park.  Highlands Hammock State Park is seeking volunteers to assist with the opening and closing of Seven Lakes.  We are seeking Sebring area residents and friends and neighbors who visit and value the park to open the park in the morning and close the park in the evening.  Volunteers are always needed to assist with exotic plant removal, trail maintenance, and facility maintenance.  Other volunteer activities include Camp Hosting and serving as docents in the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.  Museum volunteers are also need to assist with research, data management, collections and files maintenance, and displays.  If interested in volunteering or to obtain more information, please call 863-471-5324, office of the Park Services Specialist.  Your interest in volunteering and stewardship are greatly appreciated. 

How To Apply

Before volunteering at a state park there are a few forms you will need to fill out. Find out how to apply to be a volunteer.  A Volunteer Application form and Volunteer Agreement form are two forms which must be completed.  They may obtained online or picked up at the Ranger Station.   

Friends of Florida State Parks

Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc., is a nonprofit citizen support organization formed in support of the entire Florida State Park system. Visit their Web site for more information:   www.friendsoffloridastateparks.org.

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

There are currently more than 80 friends groups supporting state parks throughout Florida. These groups provide support by volunteering, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects.  Find a friends group supporting your favorite park.  Visit the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park on Facebook, or contact them at 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872.

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.

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.