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Volunteers Make the difference

Share your enthusiasm and appreciation of the environment, increase your own knowledge of the natural world, spend time outside and meet people with similar interests.

Both Restoration and Interpretation programs depend on volunteers. Volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours to habitat restoration, fundraising and environmental education since the Preserve was founded.  Retirees, at-home parents and all others with some time to share are encouraged to consider this meaningful volunteer opportunity.

Due to the large number of volunteer requests we receive, all volunteers must register and schedule their visits in advance. Please visit the Events Calendar and choose the date you wish to visit.   

IndividualsPhoto Volunteer Pulling Weeds

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to volunteer; for those under the age of 18, please refer to the age requirements listed below


If your school, scout troop, employer, or church would like to participate in a group volunteer project, Photo Walt Disney World Volunteer Group complete the registration form below and our Outreach Coordinator will contact you to schedule a date for your group's visit(s).  Be sure to check our Events Calendar for available dates/times. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Restoration and Maintenance
  2. Museum Docent and Office
  3. Youth Volunteer Programs
  4. You can also volunteer to work during an upcoming event, such as our annual Heritage Festival held in the fall and our Night At The Preserve held in the spring. Please check our Events Calendar for these opportunities.       

What to Bring 

  • A refillable water bottle

  • Food or snacks for energy

  • Gloves and a hat

What to Wear 

  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent before arriving

  • Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes that can get dirty

  • Wear a hat and pants for sun and leg protection

Do Not Bring 

  • iPods or other devices, which can get lost or dirty and cause distractions

  • Young children or infants that are unable or not scheduled to participate

Remember to review our Volunteer Guidelines, especially if it has been a while since you visited the Preserve



  • High school aged volunteers (14-17 yrs) are welcome with parental consent.

  • Middle school age volunteers (11-13 yo) are welcome with a parent (one parent/guardian - working as a volunteer - for each 2 children volunteering).

  • Elementary school age volunteers (8-10 yo) are welcome with a parent (one parent/guardian - working as volunteer - for each child volunteering).

  • Children under the age of 8 are permitted only with direct parental involvement and prior approval of our Outreach Coordinator.

  • ACS and other court-ordered Community Service Volunteers are not permitted to bring children to the Preserve while completing service hours, no exceptions.

Questions?  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (407)905-0054 or Outreach@OaklandNaturePreserve.org

Our Volunteer Coordinator is part-time and checks emails Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, so if you email on Saturday you may not receive a reply until Monday.  If you need an immediate reply, please call the office. 


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Funding for the acquisition of this site was provided by the Florida Communities Trust using Preservation 2000 funds.



Office: +1 407-905-0054

P O Box 841

747 Machete Trail

Oakland, FL 34760

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