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Florida Lakewatch

Who should volunteer?

Concerned residents who wish to monitor a lake once a month on a long-term basis.


LAKEWATCH volunteers must have access to a boat, attend a two-hour training program on sampling techniques and commit to taking monthly water samples for a period of two years.

To become a monitoring volunteer, contact:

Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653-3071
Citizen Hotline: 1-800-LAKEWATCH
E-mail: lakewat@ufl.edu

Hillsborough County Florida
Hillsborough County Adopt-A-Pond

Who should volunteer?

County residents who want to take an active part in maintaining the health of neighborhood stormwater ponds.


Volunteers must attend a pond group educational meeting, participate in cleanup and planting events at the pond and submit a quarterly report about the pond.

To become a volunteer:

Complete the Adopt-A-Pond application form.

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

Who should volunteer?

Several different volunteer opportunities are available at the Brooker Creek Preserve. Those who enjoy the outdoors should ask about opportunities as field assistants (volunteers who help the research program by recording field observations of mammal populations) or mammal trackers (volunteers who help the research program by gathering and recording information about mammal tracks). Volunteers interested in staying inside can work as office assistants (volunteers who assist the land management programs by entering data into spreadsheets, filing, photocopying and conducting Internet research). Those who enjoy people can volunteer as hike guides (volunteers who lead public hikes once a month).


Field assistants need no prior experience, but should be physically fit, willing to face adverse environmental conditions (mosquitoes, hot/humid weather, uneven terrain) and are willing to volunteer for a minimum of three hours.

Mammal trackers should enjoy nature and want to learn more about mammals found on the Preserve. Each tracker must be willing to volunteer for half a day each month and fill out a short report of his/her findings.

Office assistants should be available during the Preserve's regular working hours (Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.).

Hike guides need no prior experience but should enjoy people and the outdoors.

To become a volunteer:

Contact Kristin O'Meara at komeara@pinellascounty.org or
(727) 453-6900.

Friends of Brooker Creek

Who should volunteer?

Anyone with an interest in land preservation and conservation is welcome to join the Friends. On a per square mile basis, more people call Pinellas County home than in any other county in Florida. This 8,300-acre Preserve provides preservation and habitat for the wildlife that also live here. Your membership in the Friends indicates your support of the Preserve and helps to ensure it remains a wild and natural place for future generations.


Annual membership dues that range from $10 for students to $250 for a sponsorship.

To become a volunteer, contact:

Phone: 727-934-2680
Email: fobcp@tampabay.rr.com
Address: 3620 Fletch Haven Drive, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Website: http://www.friendsofbrookercreekpreserve.org

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