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Nature Preserve Volunteer Day- Wildlife Habitats

Show your Panther Pride at the Preserve!!! The FIU Nature Preserve (NP) provides many opportunities for students and non-students to get involved in various volunteer activities. We have projects and activities for all skill levels; such as but not limited to: tree and brush cutting, invasive species control, plantings, habitat improvements, and nature/ recreation trails maintenance. 

Today’s volunteer day will focus on maintaining wildlife habitats.

All volunteer shifts are 2 hours and include a short tour of the preserve. If a volunteer or class would like to participate in a volunteer activity that starts or ends at a different time or date an event request form must be submitted 2 weeks prior for approval. This helps to ensure the Naturalist is aware of the special arrangement and can accommodate your request. Individuals who do not make arrangements in advance will not be allowed to interrupt the naturalist due to the logistical and safety risk posed to the work plan and expected participants.

·       Registration is not mandatory for individuals. If you have a group of 5 or more people, please notify us 2 weeks prior so we can properly staff. You can contact the Office of University Sustainability at (305) 348-3717, GoGreen.FIU.edu, or GoGreen@fiu.edu

·       Be on time. The Naturalist has the ability to turn away anyone who arrives more than 10 minutes late. Volunteers are responsible for their own parking (visitors must park/pay at metered spaces).

·       Meet at the east entrance of the Nature Preserve at the Nature Preserve Map sign at the entrance of the trail next to Parkview West.

·       Come prepared. Closed toe shoes required, long pants/ sleeves, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended. Volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle and we will provide ice-cold drinking water.

To schedule an internship, or conduct research at FIU’s Nature Preserve or Henington Island contact the Office of University Sustainability at (305) 348-3717, GoGreen.FIU.edu, or GoGreen@fiu.edu


All participants are required to sign a release form prior to participation. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parental signature. No children under 16 may be left unattended. Please contact for information on access for persons with disabilities.

Sea Turtle Day Festival

presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided boardwalk tours, kids crafts, awesome booths, and more!  Free Parking in Spanish River Park with a Free shuttle to and from the event!

Hours:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Entrance: FREE with a suggested donation of $5 per person
Crafts:  $3 per child includes all Kids’ crafts and games, leaf printing, and face painting

  • GO GREEN: bring a reusable water bottle and fill it for free at our Hydration Station, provided by the City of Boca Raton’s Utility Services
  • This event is open to all ages, and an adult must accompany children and teens at all times.  Proper attire required (no bathing suits or bare feet); pets are not permitted (with the exception of service animals).
  • Please note that there are no ATM machines on site.  We recommend that you come with cash, as credit card use by exhibitors and food vendors will be limited.
  • This is a rain or shine event.

Parking Information

There will be no parking available at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, as we use our entire  parking lot for the festival.  Park in Spanish River Park (click for park address and information) located on Ocean Blvd 1½ miles north of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  Enter through the south gates, and ride the FREE shuttle bus to the festival.  Parking is FREE – no admission will be charged at Spanish River Park for those attending Sea Turtle Day!


Marine Sculpture Debris Contest

Our Sea Turtle Day theme is about Marine Debris – garbage that ends up in the water. This contest is our way of educating and inspiring the public to reuse and recycle items more by showing how much trash ends up outdoors and in the water. Everyday items can be reused to create something new and beautiful!

The sculptures will be submitted from elementary aged children and were created with a minimum of 30% trash collected from public outdoor areas.  Sculptures will be on display adjacent to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.

There will be 1 overall winner of this contest, which will be chosen by YOU!  People’s Choice! Use your ticket to cast your vote for your favorite sculpture based on the use of trash to replicate a sea animal and creativity.



Audubon Society of the Everglades
Batfish Books
Ben J Hicks Fine Art Prints
Boca Raton Public Library
Broward County Natural Resources
Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Children’s Science Explorium
City of Boca Raton Ocean Rescue
City of Boca Raton Utility Services
Daggerwing Nature Center
Florida Atlantic University,
Elasmobranch Research Lab
Florida Leatherbacks
Florida Public Archaeology Network
FWC – Monofilament Recovery and
Recycling Program
Green Cay Nature Center
International Game Fish Association
Lagoon Keepers
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Sandoway House Nature Center
Sea to Shore Alliance
Sea Turtle Oversight Protection
Sierra Club
SeaView Optical
Sol Children Theatre Troupe
South Florida Wildlife Center
Southeast Florida Coral Reef initiative
Surfrider Foundation Palm Beach County Chapter
The Living Sea
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary




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