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Myakka River So Far

Our Campsite at Myakka
Our Campsite at Myakka
Myakka River so far has been a great experience. The weather has been pretty volatile with cold days, wet days, wet and cold days as well a bright sunny days too. There are a lot of campground host volunteers here during the winter months of January to March. Most are from up north with some of those as far as Canada. This is a very social occasion for these volunteers and they have pot luck dinners, movie nights and bomb fire game nights. Most of these people have been volunteering at this park for years. Being as they have so many volunteers quite a lot can and does get done during these months for the park rangers. There is cleaning of the huge park including all the public restrooms; campground cleaning; volunteers manning the main entrance taking money from new comers and the north entrance on weekends; working in the visitors centers; bird watching teachers; as well as mowing and clear cutting of the surrounding woods to prepare for the annual controlled burn and all the special events. This year the volunteers have agreed to host a weekly morning social hour with coffee, tea, juice and assorting snacks being available for just a $1 donation per person. It is a great chance for our fellow campers to get to know each other, meet the campground hosts and some of the ranger who drop by and listen to some music from some very talented volunteers. This is such a large park with so many things going on that they really need all these volunteers to keep things moving.
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Dade Battlefield WrapUp

Dressed Up in Pioneer Costume
Dressed Up in Pioneer Costume
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a great place to start your career at being a campground hosts in our Florida State Parks. Since they do not have campsites for visitors then you would be called a Residential Host. This little park encourages local people to join the Dade Battlefield Society and volunteer for as many events at the park as they are able. Mostly, it is a grunt position where you help set-up for events, maybe participate in the events, help with parking or just help clean-up afterwards. We were offered the position and given “special projects” while we were there. Which started with us painting the new Park Ranger’s House before his and his family’s arrival. Let me tell you that was a learning experience for my Mom and I. In between painting we were asked to participate with the Pioneer classes that the Volunteer Coordinator has once a month. Sometimes we would demonstrate how to make corn-husk dolls or sit at the gatehouse and collect the entrance fees. When we arrived there were two other Residential Hosts as singles, one is a carpenter and regular handyman and the other is an electrician, handyman and worked cleaning bathrooms and maintain all the equipment and buildings. They also did most of the set-up and clean-up before and after each of the events. Later another two volunteers came in and helped with the lawn maintenance and the events. The last month another family arrived and they helped us with the gatehouse and events participation.
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