Tag: Volunteer in Florida State Parks

Our First Month at Woods Ferry River Camp

WoodsFerry06022014 (1) (Copy)Our First Month at Woods Ferry River Camp has been kind of slow but nice. It is pretty hear and so far not a lot of people have been stopping by. Mostly, this is due to the Suwannee River water levels as they peaked just above flood stage when we first arrived and the fact that kids are still in school. We anticipate to have more visitors once school lets out and people start taking their vacations. We have cleaned, bleached, mowed, swept and shoveled sand, cobwebs, mold and other things off the very boardwalk, the bathrooms, the cabins and around the camping area. The hardest part about the river camps is getting the chlorine water filtration system to work properly.

The flooding along the Suwannee River is a real nuisance and messy too. Although we were campground hosts at Adams Tract River Camp last year this river camp is different in a couple of ways. We still have a very nice campsite with water, electric and sewer on-site. We also have a picnic table and fire pit should we chose to use them. We sell firewood here as we did at Adams Tract but they have a small freezer here so we can sell bags of ice to the campers as well. The camp is smaller in land in compared to Adams Tract. Not as much to mow so we only have a push mower here as well as the commercial grade weed-wacker and gas powered blower. I miss the riding lawn mower very much. Continue reading “Our First Month at Woods Ferry River Camp”

Letter From Wekiva River Basin State Parks

WekiwaSpringsSP04202014 (48) (Copy)We really enjoyed our short stay at Wekiwa Springs State Park over the Easter weekend. However, we just didn’t have time to check out the Lower Wekiva River or Rock Springs Run State Parks while we were there. We spent some time at Rock Springs when I was in high school but it has changed quite a lot since we lived in the central Florida area. We took lots of pictures of Wekiwa Springs, have written a quick review but thought it would be nice to share this email we received from the Volunteer Coordinator. They really could use some help this summer and who wouldn’t want to spend a couple of months in one of the three loveliest parks right around Orlando. It is a great place to start as live on-site volunteers and when it gets too hot you can always jump into the springs to cool off!

Hello Jolene,

Thank you for inquiring about volunteering here at Wekiwa River Basin State Parks. We are always on the lookout for great people with the desire to help others!
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Troy Springs State Park Branford Florida

TroySpringSignTroy Springs State Park in Branford, Florida is a small little park with a lovely spring right next to the Suwannee River. You can picnic, swim (when the water in the Suwannee River is down), scuba dive in the spring and canoe and kayak up and down the river as well as get in a spot of fishing. The park has no camping amenities not even primitive. But they do have RV Sites set up for volunteers in exchange for working with the park ranger and manager in the park. We visited this park last year and were going to volunteer there but we couldn’t get our timing worked out. It seems we may be going there next year though and we look forward to it. However, they still need help this summer. If you, a family member or a friend would like to stay in a lovely, shady state park in exchange for a little cleaning, lawn care and maintenance work we hope you will fill out the application and get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator. Her information is listed at the bottom of this article. Below are her answers to some of the questions we would ask of any of the state parks we were considering volunteering for:
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