Timucuan Parks Foundation
Contact: Kelly White
January 29, 2019 3:00 p.m.
Timucuan Parks Foundation hosted dozens of volunteers for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service volunteer project on Monday, Jan. 21 at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. The nonprofit organization was joined by citizens from all over Jacksonville, including volunteers from Cub Scout Packs 278 and 286, Boy Scout Troops 37 and 40, Sandalwood High School’s Greenstate environmental club, Stanton’s National Honor Society, Landmark Middle School, FSCJ, REI, and others.
The 90 volunteers, ranging in age from 6 to 60, worked diligently despite cold weather to remove invasive lantana and sword fern, trim bike trails, and collect trash. Hanna Park staff provided the service learning component, providing examples of common invasive plants and addressing hurricane impacts and the value of healthy ecosystems to mitigating those impacts.
“Not only do parks need help with restoration efforts, but TPF and the park partners also hope to raise awareness of the issues and outfit participants with information and the hands-on action tools they can take back to their own communities,” said Felicia Boyd, TPF program and outreach director.
This project was done in partnership with the City of Jacksonville. Partial funding was provided by REI, a National Parks Foundation and Outdoor Foundation Challenge Grant, and a Restoration and Resilience Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation.
About Timucuan Parks Foundation
The Timucuan Parks Foundation is a federally-recognized 501(c) (3) that preserves, promotes and protects Jacksonville’s vast network of preservation parks. The foundation dates back to 1999, when the Preservation Project Jacksonville, Inc. was established to identify and assist in acquiring the most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands in Duval County. The acquisition of lands created the largest urban park system in the United States, including more than 130 square miles of park space and preserves, more than 1,100 miles of river and tributary shoreline and Atlantic Ocean beachfront, and more than 100 miles of upland trails. The Timucuan Parks Foundation works with their park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, to promote environmental stewardship, the health benefits of the parks and preserves, and an appreciation for Jacksonville’s special outdoor spaces. For more information, visit timucuanparks.org.