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Volunteer Workdays 

Register to be a Lee County Parks and Recreation Volunteer and you can join us on workdays at preserves throughout Lee County. Below is a list of upcoming workdays that volunteers can sign up for. Just call or email the contact person below to sign up.

    --Monday, Dec. 8th, Prairie Pines Preserve This workday will involve weeding and doing a general sprucing up of some of the landscaping beds near the preserve entrance. Bring a pair of work gloves, bottle of water, and sunscreen and join us from 8 am - noon. Contact Damion Rodriguez, drodriguez@leegov.com or 239.738.2911, to RSVP for this workday.

    --Thursday, March 12th, Pine Lake Preserve in Bonita Springs: This workday will involve removing old interior barb wire fencing. Bring a tough pair of work gloves, bottle of water, and sunscreen and join us from 9 am – 2 pm. Contact Lee Waller, jwaller@leegov.com or 239.707.0862, to RSVP for this workday.
   

Land Stewardship staff can always use help with a wide variety of projects on the preserves.  Some examples include:

Helping with workdays on preserves.
Once a month, Land Stewardship staff gets together to complete a small project on a preserve.  Although it’s a lot of work, we like to have fun and usually finish the morning with a picnic and some sort of baked treat! To the right is a picture of a workday with volunteers at Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve.

Helping with quarterly site inspections.
All Conservation 20/20 preserves are visited quarterly by staff.  Volunteers can help by accompanying staff and recording wildlife sightings and assisting with small projects while on site.

Boundary and trail maintenance. 
For those who like quiet walks in the woods, volunteers are needed to walk the various trails and fence lines, checking for any problems and either fixing them or reporting them to staff. 

Trash cleanup.
Unfortunately, trash is a constant problem on our preserves.  Volunteers can either go out as individuals or groups and pick up trash while enjoying a beautiful day in the woods. To the left is a picture of the Native Plant Society on trash pick-up day.

Recording wildlife.
Lee County Bird Patrol visits several sites each month to record birds that use the preserves. The data they collect helps staff make decisions on restoration and public access. There are also opportunities to record other types of wildlife, such as frog call monitoring.

Guided nature walks.
Do you enjoy sharing nature with others?  Several preserves have trails and regularly scheduled guided walks. 

Data entry.
Do you want to help out but prefer to avoid the heat and bugs?  Staff has lots of opportunities for computer work, some of which could be done from the comfort of your home!

Miscellaneous projects.
Work with the Lee County Volunteer Coordinator to share your talents for a special project.  Pine Island artist Babs Green used her talents to create the artwork for this sign at the trailhead at Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve.

Special group projects.
Clubs, church groups, classes, etc… work with Land Stewardship staff for a community service project at one of your local preserves. Below is a picture of the J. Collins English Elementary planting day at Powell Creek Preserve. 

 

Exotic plant control.
Most of the conservation lands acquired have some level of invasive exotic plants to remove. Volunteers can either go out as individuals or groups, with our trained and certified staff, to work on controlling these exotic plants. Clink the link below to access information about our impressive, large-scale volunteer workday with this international banking firm.

 

 

 

 
    

Individual Volunteer Form

Group Volunteer Form                      

Volunteer Staff Policy 

       
Please contact the Lee County Parks & Recreation Volunteer Services Coordinator for more information:
Kathy Cahill (239) 432-2159 or email.