Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.
About Our Volunteers
Whether Volunteers carry out assignments led by the Friends Chair of Programs & Activities or carry out assignments led by the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator, all Volunteers complete a Volunteer Agreement with the DEP Parks Service and report their volunteer hours on the DEP Volunteer Portal.
Friends Swamp walks; Guides and Assistants
Whether you’re a certified Naturalist or self taught with a love for the environment and ability to educate we welcome you to guide the Friends’ swamp walks. What you don’t know you can learn by shadowing a Guide until you feel comfortable to take the lead. Assistants for swamp walks provide a vital service by accompanying Friends Guides on swamp walks. Sooner than you realize you may find yourself taking classes to become a certified Naturalists. This program is coordinated by the Friends. Contact the Friends office at 239-695-1023.
Friends Tram tours; Guides and Drivers
All Friends Tram tours are led by volunteers. Some have advanced degrees and years of experience, others are self-taught with a love of the environment and ability to inform while keeping the participants engaged. What you don’t know you can learn by shadowing a Friends Guide until you feel comfortable to take the lead.
Drivers for the tours assist the Guide and provide a vital service before, during and after a tour.
This program is coordinated by the Friends. Contact the Friends office at 239-695-1023.
Trail maintenance-Boardwalk repair-Visitor Center.
Projects coordinated by the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and park staff will provide you with the training to operate park equipment safely to clear trails, repair boardwalk and many more projects. There’s also lighter work: join the team brooming the boardwalk, greeting and orienting visitors. Contact the Park office at 239-961-1925.
Friends General Administration
Many Friends members find fulfillment in carrying out the administrative tasks that all organizations need such as grant writing, membership, organizing events that are all critical to our success and can be done in the comfort of your home. Contact the Friends office at 239-695-1023.
To inquire about volunteering:
Phone (239) 695-1023
Mail Friends of Fakahatchee
P. O. Box 35
Everglades City, FL, 34139