Volunteer Work Party

December 03-09, 2020

Stephen Foster State Park, Suwannee River Trail Maintenance
Sandhill Chapter

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Join the Sandhill Chapter as they maintain the Stephen Foster State Park.

Enjoy the beautiful Suwannee River in one of the most historic and scenic locations on the Florida Trail. There is no better place to enjoy the beginning of autumn with good friends and great meals along the black tannin-stained river.

Our crew will camp at Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs. We will use a combination of power equipment and hand tools to bring the trail back up to standard. The crews will start from the town of White Springs and head west along the FT.

Plan to arrive December 3rd no earlier than 4pm and enjoy dinner with the crew. Work begins December 4th and ends December 8th in the afternoon. The 9th is a bonus day but will only be worked if there are any remaining tasks.

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.

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!:

Friday, Dec. 4th Workday
Saturday, Dec. 5th Workday
Sunday, Dec. 6th Workday
Monday, Dec. 7th Workday
Tuesday, Dec. 8th Workday

Name: Stephen Foster State Park

Address: 11016 Lillian Sanders Dr
City:
White Springs State: FL Zip code: 32096
County: Hamilton County

Type: Front-country car camping

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Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Hookups: No – No RV spots available

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Stephen Foster State Park
Maintenance Unit: Stephen Foster Sate Park

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 6 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 14 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: 15 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: 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: North Florida Trail Program Manager
Project Contact: Jeff Glenn, JeffG@floridatrail.org

 

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.

Friday, Dec. 4th Workday
Saturday, Dec. 5th Workday
Sunday, Dec. 6th Workday
Monday, Dec. 7th Workday
Tuesday, Dec. 8th 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

 

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, Water, Hand Sanitizer, etc.)

POWER SOURCES:
Power will be available at this Volunteer Work Party

RESTROOM FACILITIES:
This event is hosted at a front-country campground with full restroom facilities

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