Tag: College Students Volunteer This Summer at Florida State Parks

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

MarjorieKRawlinsPark (2)Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is a fun place to visit and it will be a great place to volunteer for a few months. It has two parts, one is the historic homestead of the famous Florida writer and the other is the picnic area with boat launch. We visited this park while we were camping at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and enjoyed walking the land and seeing all the artifacts from another era. They still have chickens in the yard, a garden, fruit trees and much more. The park rangers and volunteers give talks about the park, the history and stories about Ms. Rawlings. We took lots of pictures while we were there and will post them below. We hope you will consider volunteering for this lovely out-of-the-way historic park.

For those who don’t know she wrote the great classic “The Yearling”.
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Falling Waters State Park Volunteers Needed

FallingWatersSP10042012 (98)Falling Waters State Park Volunteers Needed this summer as well. Falling Waters is a unique state park as it is considered the highest point in the entire state of Florida. And as our old RV can attest it really didn’t like it that much but we enjoyed our visit there. Since we have already posted an article for Ponce DeLeon Springs State Park and Falling Waters helps staff that park some of this information is going to be a repeat. But Falling Waters has a fairly large campground and the information below will be geared towards that information. This park also boasts a waterfall. Granted, when we visited it wasn’t flowing very fast but the boardwalk and trails leading in and around the area makes for a very nice walk. They do have a pond or lake for fishing and swimming too.

Here is the email response from the Volunteer Coordinator:

As per your request,
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Big Shoals State Park Needs Volunteers Too

Rapids at Big Shoals State Park.Big Shoals State Park Needs Volunteers Too this summer and next. It is a day-use only park with canoeing and kayaking as well as hiking trails. We haven’t had a chance to visit this one yet but we did drive through the Little Shoals area a few years ago. I guess, “Shooting the Rapids” is the main actively for a lot of visitors to this park. But there are picnic areas, you can fish and ride your horses there as well. This park is a couple miles away from the Stephen Foster Memorial State Park in White Springs, Florida. We accepted an assignment here for the end of the year. We received two emails with information about being a Park or Residential Host here and decided to just copy and paste the information directly into our article below.

1st Email:
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Ponce DeLeon Springs State Park

PonceDeLeonSpringsSPPonce DeLeon Springs State Park is located in the Northwest Region of Florida and is administered with Falling Waters State Park. It does not have a camping area but does have Park or Residential Hosts volunteers. They are needed year round as with most all of our state parks and does have problems getting volunteers during the late spring and summer months. It is a small state park but has swimming in the springs, snorkeling, fishing in areas not designated for swimming as well as picnic area and trails. From the main website we learned that the springs is a brisk 68 degrees all year round!

Physical address to the park:
Ponce Deleon Springs State Park
2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road
Ponce de Leon, Florida 32455
(850) 836-4281

Below are the answers to our usual questions of the Volunteer Coordinators to the State Parks:
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Sebastian Inlet State Park For the Summer

SebastianInletBrownPelicanSorry Folks about not posting the last two days! We have been busy here at the Woods Ferry River Camp trying to get everything ready for the upcoming weekend. Our camp and Anderson Landing are now opened for reservations, however, the other 4 are not, yet. So we have been painting, sweeping, blowing off sand and leaves and cleaning all the sleeping platforms to get ready for Memorial Day Weekend.

Anyway, we just heard from Sebastian Inlet State Park and they are looking for volunteers this summer and next. We have always wanted to visit there, camp there and now even would like to volunteer as campground hosts. Sadly, we have already accepted assignments from now until the end of October next year. But if you, a family member or friend has an RV or travel trailer and would like to spend the summer at one of Florida’s beautiful beaches we hope you will consider volunteering at this Florida State Park. Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer vacation at a great place on the beach? And volunteering as a campground host gets you a FREE campsite in return for your service.
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St Sebastian River Preserve State Park Needs Volunteers

STSebastianRiverPreserveSignSt Sebastian River Preserve State Park Needs Volunteers this summer and into the early fall of this year and next. We accepted the assignment for August, September and October of 2015 but the other dates listed in the email are probably still available. We haven’t been able to travel much in the Southeast Florida Region and are looking forward to this assignment. Who knows we might even get a couple of more around this area to finish out the year and into the next one! As with any campground host or residential host positions you accept we hope to ask lots of questions, read through the material on their website and look at some of the reviews from others about the park.
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