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City moves to put its money where its mouth is to preserve Grassy Waters

The more the state and Palm Beach County try to run State Road 7 through Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, the more it will cost the city to fight it.

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The legal fight begins: City files first official legal challenge to State Road 7

"If the South Florida Water Management District won't protect our citizens' drinking water, then we will."

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Volunteer Program

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Volunteer Opportunities

Minimum age 16


We need volunteers in many areas! We hope you’ll find your “niche” in the descriptions listed below. You can specialize in one area, or do a little bit of everything! You don’t have to be well-versed in your area of interest before signing up. You will be paired with a staff member and/or an experienced volunteer for training, and will not be on your own until you feel comfortable doing so.
 

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  • Interact with and greets all visitors, dispense information, answer phones, make program reservations, etc.
  • Includes some office duties, including word processing.
  • Must be outgoing and enjoy working with the public.
  • Become familiar with basic Nature Center operations and develop knowledge of the Preserve’s plants, animals, and habitats.
 

Children’s Program Leader or Assistant (to include school field trips, camps, scouts, etc.)

  • May assist staff and/or lead students during activities that may include hikes, boardwalk tours, dipnetting, crafts, etc. Most children’s programs occur on weekdays.IMG_2676.JPG
  • Assist with any set up of materials and/or equipment necessary for activities.
  • Help keep students in a group and assist instructor as requested. Most activities will be outdoors and some will include hiking through various terrains, including mud and water.
  • Remain after activity has ended to help clean and put away materials and/or equipment. Must enjoy working outdoors with students of all ages. Must become familiar with various activities to know what equipment and/or materials are needed for each.
 

Canoe and/or Kayak Assistant

  • Help with a variety of public and specialty canoe and kayak outings. These programs include school field trips, family outings, visiting camps and others.IMG_4289.JPG
  • Programs vary from one to three hours and are offered on both weekends and weekdays at varying times.
  • Help with setup and breakdown. This includes unloading boats before outing and getting supplies together for trip, including radios, first aid kit, paddles, life vests, etc.
  • May be asked to paddle with children and inexperienced adults
  • May act as sweep boat, keeping the group together and assisting with rescues.
  • Must be a fairly adept paddler and be able to lift the canoes and kayaks off and back onto storage racks.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors and working with the public.
  • Must be physically fit.
 

Trail Stewards

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  • Group or independent trail clearing and trail maintenance (may include use of approved herbicide).
  • Exotic plant removal and restoration days scheduled 1-2 days per year.
  • Patrol Preserve properties. Monitor general condition along trail, and may remove trash, prune and trim brush. Report if any action is needed.
  • Become familiar with native and exotic plants and learn to distinguish between the two.
  • Monitor preserve areas as assigned to determine plant and animal activities such as what’s blooming, who’s nesting, water levels, etc.
  • Must be physically able to do occasional strenuous activities such as hiking in the swamp, digging, chopping, etc.
 
Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Bush via email at grassywaters@comcast.net with any questions or to request a volunteer application!