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Outreach

Outreach at OSBS

As part of our outreach goal, OSBS provides opportunities for life-long learning about the natural world to the broader community of north Florida through volunteer opportunities and group tours. We also provide talks to groups who are interested in learning about OSBS and its mission.

Volunteering

Since the Station's inception, volunteers have provided an important role in enhancing OSBS's mission. Volunteering at OSBS provides an opportunity to work in areas such as resource management, science, and environmental education/interpretation. A volunteer is a person who performs work for under a current, signed UF Volunteer Application and Volunteer Agreement, and provides this service free of charge. If you are interested in volunteering at the Station, please contact the station and ask for Andy Rappe.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Prescribed Fire Volunteer (seasonal)
  • Land Management Volunteer
  • Facilities Landscaping Volunteer
  • Weekend Volunteer Coordinator
  • Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (need to have good bird identification skills)
  • Research Volunteer (based on researcher request for help)
  • Assist with tours and outreach events
  • Building and equipment maintenance

Conservation Work Campers

The Station began a new outreach program in 2013 identified as Conservation Work Campers (CWC). The program provides a free full-hookup campsite at the OSBS campground in return for 16 hours of volunteer work per week. A minimum of 3 months commitment is required. Volunteers participate in a number of projects that support the management and conservation of the Station. Examples of projects include:

  • Preparing management units for prescribed fire
  • Landscaping & mowing of facilities
  • Trail and road trimming and clearing
  • Basic carpentry projects
  • Assist in removal of trash and refuse from habitats
  • Tractor mowing of trails
  • Assist in the removal of exotic-invasive plant species
  • Assist staff on outreach tours
  • Facilities maintenance

If you are interested in the Conservation Camper program, please contact the station and ask for Andy Rappe.

Tour Visits

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OSBS provides interpretive and informational tours about the Station for organized groups. These tours provide an opportunity to understand the facilities mission and focus and see some of Florida’s unique habitats and wildlife. The tours are usually limited to 25 visitors and involve a slow and relaxing ride through OSBS in our tour wagon along with stops at unique spots for a short walks to discuss points of interest. Tours for topics such as research, habitat management, birding, and local flora are also available. If your organization is interested in visiting OSBS for a tour, please contact the Station for more information.

In the near future OSBS is planning to have a spring and fall series of tours for the general public. Please keep visiting this page for more information.

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Contact UsLast Revised: December 31st, 2015