Volunteer Work Party

November 13-15, 2020

Prairie Lakes Trail Maintenance
Indian River Chapter

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Join the Indian River Chapter to help maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail and side trails in the Prairie Lakes unit of Three Lakes WMA. We will be conducting general trail maintenance including mowing, lopping, blazing and hand sawing.

Named for the three lakes that border the area, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (which includes the Prairie Lakes Unit) preserves pine flatwoods, a significant portion of the Kissimmee Prairie that is one of the last remaining expanses of dry prairie in the United States, and numerous other natural communities. The wet prairies around Lake Kissimmee provide crucial wintering grounds for both sandhill cranes and whooping cranes. The trail wanders through palmetto prairies and pine flatwoods, open scrub and prairies. Come join our trail stewards to blaze, mow and cut back vegetation on the Florida Trail. You can check out a map of the Prairie Lakes unit here.

We will camp at the group campsite which features a large fire pit and a gorgeous live oak canopy. All meals Friday dinner- Sunday lunch will be provided. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 4pm on Friday, Nov. 13th to set up camp and enjoy dinner with the crew. The workdays will be on Saturday and Sunday.

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 t-shirts are recommended. **Bring an orange shirt or brightly-colored clothing as hunting may be occurring in other areas of the property

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

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, November 14th Workday
Sunday, November 15th Workday

Name: Three Lakes WMA

Address: Road 19, Prairie Lakes Unit, Three Lakes WMA
 Kenansville State: FL Zip code: 34739
County: Osceola County

Type: Back-country car camping
MAPS: Three Lakes Map
GPS: Latitude 27.915718// Longitude -81.133716


Driving Directions:
Osceola County (27.915718, -81.133716), entrance is on the south side of 523 (Canoe Creek Road), about 9 miles northwest of Kenansville. Canoe Creek Road connects US 192  and US441.

Bathroom: Yes
Solar Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes (Water provided by the FTA)
Power: No
RV Hookups: No RVs Allowed

Camp Notes: Remote back-country Volunteer Work Party

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Three Lakes WMA
Maintenance Unit: Prairie Lakes

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

Minimum Age: 16 years old (*Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Legal Guardian. These individuals must also complete a Youth Waiver Form)
Max Group Size: 20 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Easy to 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: Yes – @ 7:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM (No dinner on the 15th)

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 Chapter: Indian River
Project Contact: Bill Alexander, bill.m.alexander@gmail.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, November 14th Workday
Sunday, November 15th Workday

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)
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)

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
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)

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

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.

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, sun-shielding hat
Effective Bug Spray (DEET or Picaridin-based recommended)
Head net (optional)

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.

Experienced Crew Leaders

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Extra Face Masks

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

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


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