Volunteer Work Party

December 1, 2018

Spring Hammock Trail Improvement Projects
Central Florida Chapter

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Join us at Spring Hammock Preserve, just north of Orlando, to help install a spur trail, campsite and kiosk! These projects were made possible with funding from REI Winter Park. REI will be tabling the event and offering giveaways and games. Lunch will be provided by the FTA. Arrive at 9AM for safety session and instructions. All trail tools and protective equipment provided. Plan to pack at least 2 liters of water. Extra water will be available.

We’ll be adding new trail sections and campsite– lopping, blazing, hand sawing and adding signage as well as installing a kiosk. No previous trail maintenance or construction experience is required.

Fed by a trickle of hidden springs through lush hammocks of cabbage palms, Spring Hammock Preserve in Winter Springs is a natural gem along the shoreline of Lake Jesup. While two-thirds of its 1,500 acres are swamp, its trails guide you into its depths to view botanical wonders like record-setting ancient bald cypress trees, rare cuplet fern, and the largest stand of tulip poplars we know of in Florida (FloridaHikes.com).

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: Spring Hammock Preserve Parking Lot

Seminole County

Type: Day project


Type of work: Trail Maintenance, Structure Construction

Maintenance Unit: Spring Hammock Preserve

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 3 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Max Group Size: 25 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate 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
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
Dinner: No

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 Staff: Central/South Florida Trail Manager
Project Contact: Kelly Wiener, (518) 369-9057
, kellyw@floridatrail.org

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) day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items

Wicking T-shirt (synthetic or wool)
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs)
Socks (synthetic or wool)

One (1) pair of Hiking Boots (required)*

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

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

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

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.)




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