December 12-15, 2019
Big Cypress Oasis Center Trail Maintenance (Frontcountry Crew)
Big Cypress Chapter
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Big Cypress National Preserve is often noted as the most remote wilderness hike on the Florida Trail. Get your feet wet while you trek through cypress groves in search of rare ghost orchids, migratory bird populations or even a glimpse of the endangered Florida panther.
This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew to perform trail maintenance on the Florida Trail! This special Volunteer Work Party helps you enjoy Florida’s most remote wilderness experience. It’s our most popular event and fills up quickly – so act fast!
The trail crew will base camp at the Oasis Visitors Center, with modern amenities (full bathroom ( showers & flush toilets), potable water, etc.), and work from Oasis to Seven Mile Camp.
Immerse yourself in the Everglades and see the trail in a whole new light!
Name: Oasis Visitors Center
Address: 52105 Tamiami Trail E
City: Ochopee State: FL Zipcode: 34141
County: Miami-Dade County
Type: Frontcountry car camping (No RVs)
Potable Water: Yes
RV Hookups: No
Type of work: Trail Maintenance
Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve
Maintenance Unit: Oasis Visitors Center (FT Northern Terminus) to Seven Mile Camp
Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 6+ Miles
Activity Level: Difficult to Strenuous
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 PM
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): No
Maximum number of volunteers: 10
Physical Difficulty: Difficult 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: Yes – @ 7:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
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
FTA Staff: Community Outreach Manager
Registration Contact: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, VanT@floridatrail.org
Questions About the Project
FTA Staff: Trail Program Director
Crew Leader 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 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 large backpack for all your personal items
One 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 Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils
Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs, thorny plants)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho
One pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One 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 (optional)
Two 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2-Liter 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)
Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, toothbrush, etc.), Toilet Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)
BEYOND THE BASICS:
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
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
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
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.)
POTABLE WATER SOURCES:
Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!