Florida Trail Association

Volunteer Work Party

December 04-06, 2020

Big Cypress Oasis Center Trail Maintenance (Frontcountry Crew)
Big Cypress Chapter

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Join the Big Cypress Chapter in maintaining the Florida Trail in Big Cypress National Preserve! This work party will be based out of the Florida Trail’s Southern Terminus at the Oasis Visitor Center. This trail section is heavily trafficked by visitors to the park and may be many visitors’ first introduction to the Florida Trail.

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 will introduce you to one of Florida’s most remote wilderness experiences during the day and front country camping.

The trail crew will base camp at the Oasis Visitors Center and work from Oasis towards Seven Mile Camp.

Immerse yourself in the Everglades and see the trail in a whole new light!

Please note: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the FTA team and our partners have dedicated extensive time and care into creating new and safe operating procedures for our FTA events and volunteer work parties. With these COVID-19 Operating Procedures in place, our focus is to minimize all participants’ possible exposure to the virus as much as possible. The comfort and safety of our FTA community members is of utmost priority to us.

Per the FTA Covid-19 protocols we will break into crews of no more than 5 members each day, working on different sections of the trail. Camping will also be broken up into teams of no more than 5 members with one centralized kitchen cooking for the group. Meals will be served and taken back to each camp. Masks will be utilized when appropriate and sanitation guidelines will be strictly adhered to.

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

In order to ensure that we are within our group size capacity due to COVID-19, registration for this work party is on a per-day basis. REGISTER through these links below to join one or more of the workdays for this maintenance event!:

Saturday, Dec. 5th Workday  (arrive after 4pm on Dec. 4th to set up camp and enjoy dinner with the crew)
Sunday, Dec. 6th Workday

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)

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Bathroom: Yes (Flush toilets)
Shower: Yes (Backcountry solar showers)
Potable Water: Yes
Power: 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 Southern Terminus) to Seven Mile Camp

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5-7 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate to Difficult
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): No
Maximum number of volunteers: 15
Physical Difficulty: Moderate 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, VanT@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Staff: Jenna Taylor, JennaT@floridatrail.org
Crew Leader Contact:
Richard Warren, rawlaw@outlook.com

In order to ensure that we are within our group size capacity due to COVID-19, registration for this work party is on a per-day basis. REGISTER through these links below to join one or more of the workdays for this maintenance event!:

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.

Saturday, Dec. 5th Workday  (arrive after 4pm on Dec. 4th to set up camp and enjoy dinner with the crew)
Sunday, Dec. 6th Workday

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

BACKPACK:
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)
Safety Whistle
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Protective face mask
Personal container of hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer & cleaning supplies will also be provided by the FTA)

SLEEP/CAMP:
Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Pillow
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Camp mug  or thermos for coffee (clean eating utensils will be provided by the FTA)

CLOTHES:
Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
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

SHOES:
One pair of Hiking Boots*
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.

WATER:*
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.

SUN & BUG PROTECTION:
Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, sun-shielding hat
Effective Bug Spray (DEET or Picaridin-based recommended)
Head net (optional)

TOILETRIES:
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.)

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

CREW:
Experienced Crew Leaders

STERILIZED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Gloves
Extra Face Masks

TRAIL TOOLS:
Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, etc.)

FOOD:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Plates, Utensils, etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Water, etc.)
Potable Water

RESTROOM FACILITIES:
This event is hosted at a front-country campground with flush toilets but no showers. Back country solar tent showers will be provided by the FTA.

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