Volunteer Work Party

Photo credit: Deb Blick

November 29-December 3, 2017

Kissimmee Prairie Trail Construction and Maintenance
Tropical Trekkers Chapter

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Join members of Tropical Trekkers Chapter as they mow, trim and blaze their section of the Florida Trail – from Lake Okeechobee to the S65A lock on the Kissimmee River. We will also be opening approximately 9 miles of new trail from Micco Landing to Starvation Slough. 

Volunteers will help construct a new 9-mile section of trail located between Micco Landing in Basinger, FL to the Starvation Slough trailhead. The work will involve clearing the trail corridor, grubbing out small trees and brush, clearing roots and trees, mowing and blazing. This new section of trail will take approximately 9 miles of road walk off of Micco Bluff Road and put it back into the woods. We will also be maintaining the existing trail sections in Yates Marsh, Chandler Slough, Starvation Slough and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

Hiking boots (description below) and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!

Name: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Address: 33104 NW 192nd Avenue
 Okeechobee State: FL Zipcode: 34972
County: Okeechobee County

Type: Front-country car camping

Driving Directions:
1. The park is located 33 miles northwest of Okeechobee via US 441 and County Road 724

Bathroom: Yes

Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes

RV Hookups: Yes

Type of work: Trail Construction & Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Maintenance Unit: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 4 Miles
Activity Level: Easy to Strenuous
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Max Group Size: 15 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.

Breakfast: No; Coffee Only; Please Bring Your Own Breakfast
Lunch: Yes
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM

When registering, volunteers may indicate dietary needs and/or preferences, as well as known food allergies. If we are unable to honor your request, we’ll contact you so that you can provide your own meals. In most cases, we are able to accommodate special meal requests.

Questions About Registration
Registration Contact: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, vant@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Tropical Trekkers
Project Contact: Tom Clements,thomasc09@comcast.net

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below, and complete the linked Florida Trail Association form.

Registrations are first-come, first served by date time stamp. You will receive an email confirmation within 72 hours. The FTA reserves a 10-person wait list, and will notify individuals on the wait list within two (2) weeks of the project date. Volunteers may be contacted the week of the event to fill open volunteer registrations.


This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

One (1) large backpack for all your personal items
One (1) day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Eye Shades

Breakfast food
Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat

One (1) pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One (1) pair of Camp Shoes (closed-toed)

*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.

Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Small lighter in waterproof container or plastic bag

Two (2) 32-ounce canteens or water bottles
OR One (1) 100-ounce hydration bladder bag (preferred)

*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, base-ball hat or other sun-shielding hat

DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilette Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip

Safety Whistle

Trekking Poles
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Packable Lantern
Notebook and Pen
Book (for camp!)
Camera and Memory Cards
A Smile and Sense of Adventure!

At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.

Experienced Crew Leaders
Appearances by FTA Regional Representatives

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection

Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, Etc.)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)


Power WILL NOT be available at this Volunteer Work Party

This event is hosted at a primitive back-country campground with port-a-potty units


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!