As we re-open our parks to the public, we want to establish a new way for youth and their families to learn about, tend to, and explore their local natural spaces. My name is ranger Jane Cummings, the Interpretive Chairperson at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Before becoming a Florida State Park Ranger, I taught fifth grade environmental science for fifteen years. My classroom is now in nature. Ranger Scott Mowry has been at Wekiwa Springs for twenty-nine of his thirty years as a Florida Park Ranger. As volunteer coordinator for our parks, he is a knowledgeable resource and has connected all ages of volunteer to meaningful experiences with our park system.

We are very excited to offer a unique and socially distanced opportunity for your youth groups here at the Wekiva River Basin state parks. Your group consisting of ten members or fewer can choose from one of five different volunteer service projects and an educational program where you will learn about a different park and aspects of our unique Florida Environment. You may choose from the following parks and projects:

Wekiwa Springs State Park: habitat restoration, trail maintenance, exotic plant removal
Katie’s Landing: park beatification, trail maintenance
Rock Springs Run State Reserve: historic cemetery beatification, exotic plant removal
Fechtel (Lower Wekiwa): entrance and trail beautification

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please contact either one of us or fill out the group volunteer form and we will contact you to schedule your program and provide more specifics.
Group Volunteer Form: https://volunteers.floridastateparks.org/pages/app/GROUP

Thank you, and we look forward to sharing our parks with you! 

Jane Cummings
Park Ranger/Interpretive Chairperson
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Wekiva River Basin State Parks
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
[email protected]
407-553-4373

Scott Mowry
Park Services Specialist
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Wekiva River Basin State Parks
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
[email protected]
407-553-4373