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Youth Volunteer Opportunities 


We offer Restoration and Maintenance opportunities on most Saturdays from 8am-12pm (8am-11am June-September). Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to removing invasive plants on many of our trails, assisting in plantings, trimming plants along our boardwalk, moving logs and branches, cleaning up the parking lot, boardwalk, and pavilion, and various other tasks. This opportunity is great for those who want to work outdoors, don't mind physical work and want to learn about our environment as we spruce up the Preserve!

Please register  for our Community Volunteer Days in advance on our Event Calendar as we have limited volunteer spaces. These opportunities are available for adults as well as youth.

Age Requirements:

High school aged volunteers (14-17 yrs) are welcomed with written parental consent (unless parent will be volunteering at the same time (implied consent))

Middle school age volunteers (11-13 yrs) are welcomed with parental consent and one parent/guardian working as a volunteer for each 2 children volunteering

Elementary age volunteers (9-10 yrs) are welcomed with parental consent and one parent/guardian working as volunteer for each child volunteering


ONPs Leader in Training (LIT) program is for youth who want to gain knowledge in programming events, working with kids and gain leadership skills. Participants will take part in a counselor orientation/training and take on more responsibility as they plan and execute games, sports and nature education with the camp educators and counselors of our Environmental Summer Camp program.

  • LITs is for youth ages 14 to 17 years old.

  • The number of LIT positions available is limited.

  • A LIT must commit to at least one full week of our spring break or summer camp, Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

  • LITs must attend LIT camp and animal handling training.

Please check back in March 2023 for Summer 2023 positions.


ONP Eco-Interpreters (EIs) can be found doing a variety of tasks here at the Preserve! EIs main priority is engaging with ONP guests at activity stations on the porch of our Education Center. These include animal bio-facts and interactive games to help guests learn more about wildlife and the ecosystems where they live. Volunteers may also be asked to participate with special events such as Oakland Heritage Festival, ONP Open House, etc. This opportunity is great for those with an interest in our environment and who want to gain experience in talking with people.

  • EIs is for youth ages 15 to 17 years old.

  • The number of EI positions available is limited.

  • EIs must commit to at least one 2-hour shift per month on Saturdays.

  • EIs will attend EI and animal handling training.

The next training for Eco-Interpreters is TBA. Please contact us for details and an application.


Please email at outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or call 407-905-0054, to learn more or apply for our Leaders In Training or Eco-Interpreter Programs! Please see the Volunteer Manual for our age requirements and youth volunteer guidelines.

Our organization encourages the teamwork of employees and volunteers so that we can effectively educate visitors and restore and conserve the lands within the Preserve. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills, and abilities to complete physical and non-physical tasks, enable the paid staff to concentrate on the work for which they were trained, and educate the public about our organization and its cause.


Florida Communities Trust LogoFunding 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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