We have a volunteer request from our wonderful park friends, Clyde & Niki Butcher at the Big Cypress Gallery. They have organized a volunteer workday for Thursday, October 5th and are looking for extra hands to help. Each October the Big Cypress Gallery graciously hosts a major fundraiser for the Big Cypress Education Department and they need help reopening the trails behind the gallery in time for the event. The SFNPT will be at the volunteer work-day, along with several Big Cypress staff and any additional volunteers.
From the Gallery: “Help us prepare for our upcoming Swamp Walk fundraiser for our National Parks Education Dept. Are you able and willing to help clean our swamp walk trails? Our property in the Everglades was hit during Hurricane Irma and we need willing hands that can help us move the debris and some tree stumps to clear the swamp walk trails. This will require good backs, people who don’t mind getting wet, and who love nature. We promise with our gang you will have some fun!”
Here are the details for the day:
To RSVP Contact: Jessica Pierce, Jessica@southfloridaparks.org OR 305-665-4769. Please indicate the number of volunteers in your party. Volunteers should be high school age or older.
When: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: Start 8:30 AM. Volunteers should plan on a least 1/2 day, maybe a full day, depending on how the work goes and the group is feeling
Where: Big Cypress Gallery, 52388 Tamiami Trail Ochopee, FL
Located along the scenic Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), 47 miles east of Naples and 36 miles west of Miami at Mile Marker 54.5, about half mile east of the Big Cypress National Preserve Oasis Visitor Center.
What to Bring: Gloves, hand tools, water, snacks/lunch, a change of clothes, plastic bag for wet clothes and shoes.
What to wear: Long pants, long-sleeved shirt, hat, Close-toed shoes that lace on,
No rubber boots or waders. The water in the Big Cypress is high and may fill rubber boots.