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Exotic Plant Removal Project | Jonathan Dickinson State Park

August 10, 2014 to August 23, 2015  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Learn about invasive exotic species and make a difference at Jonathan Dickinson State Park with an exotic plant removal project from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every second and fourth Sundays of the month.

   Beginning at 9:00 a.m. park staff and volunteers will identify and remove non-native invasive plants, including Kalanchoe and Madagascar Periwinkle, and describe how these species negatively affect Florida’s natural communities. The second Sunday of the month will involve pulling and bagging invasive weeds and the fourth will include the use of hand tools (minimum age 18). 

Non-native invasive plant facts:

  • The threat invasive species poses is second only to habitat destruction through development. 
  • The cost of managing Florida’s invasive plants alone is estimated at $100 million each year.
  • Florida serves as point of entry for almost three fourths of the plants imported into the United States. 
  • Source: The Nature Conservancy
  • Park entry is free for volunteers on these work days.
  • Volunteers will meet park staff at Pine Grove Pavilion and are encouraged to be prepared with work gloves, close-toed shoes, long sleeve shirt, pants, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and a snack. Water will be provided.
  • RSVP is encouraged; contact the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or with an organized group with an adult leader.
  • Volunteers who reach 100 hours of service in the park will receive free entry into the park for a year as a regular volunteer. So these workdays would be good opportunities to get those hours. Contact the Kimbell Center to learn more about volunteering opportunities in the park.

Event Information

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Kimbell Center
16450 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us
561-745-5551
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