Volunteer Opportunities

Wild & Scenic River Ambassador Volunteer Opportunities

River Recon – Assist with observations on Wekiwa Springs Run, Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run and/or Blackwater Creek. Note locations that are in need of a clean-up or report sightings of manatee or other listed species. Assist the River Ambassador with motor boat surveys for birds, turtles and other activities. To see how you can get involved, email the river ambassador.

Virginia Oros, Wekiva Wild & Scenic River Ambassador, during turtle presentation at Camp Wekiva

River Clean-ups – Contact the Wild and Scenic River Ambassador, to schedule a cleanup with your friends, organization or group. Help remove trash, fishing line and other materials that do not belong in the river system. If you are not involved in a group or organization come participate on scheduled clean-ups with other volunteers. If you do not have a canoe/kayak, we will provide one for you. Just bring personal items (water, snacks, sunscreen, etc.).

Invasive Plant Removal – Have an invasive plant removal day! You can organize your own invasive plant removal day with your friends, organization or group through the River Ambassador. A one-month notice is needed to arrange this activity. If you do not have a canoe/ kayak, we will provide them for you. Bring personal items.

Education – Assist the River Ambassador with presentations given to local groups and civic organizations. Would your group, class or organization like for us to give a presentation? Please contact the River Ambassador, to schedule.

Events – Assist the River Ambassador at festivals and special events. Includes helping with tent, display and map set-up. Learn about the importance of our Wekiva Wild and Scenic System and share your knowledge with others.

Limpkin/Wading Bird Surveys – Help survey the Wekiva River limpkin population. Assist the River Ambassador count this species of special concern via canoe or motor boat on the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run and Blackwater Creek.

Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities and functions such as computer work, graphics, curriculum and assembly of packages for distribution. If you do not see what interests you in this section, please contact us for additional projects and information.

Speakers – Does your group or organization need a speaker for an activity on the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System? Please contact us to see how we can assist.

Discover the Wekiva Wild & Scenic River

The Wekiva River system is a nationally treasured landscape and outstanding scenic resource that offers many opportunities to experience a unique part of natural Florida. Please help us to enjoy and protect this resource with our local “Paddle Wekiva” guide to canoeing and kayaking opportunities all along our beautiful river system.

Wekiva River Management Plan

The Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System Management Plan serves as the basis for protecting a designated river’s values to ensure the river will be protected in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy. The Management Plan was developed by the Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee (AMC) in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) to fulfill this enabling legislation requirement.

Help Us Protect The Wekiva River

River Ambassadors fill critical roles on behalf of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River System Management Advisory Committee, providing essential visitor services and supporting an “on the water” stewardship program. These vounteer positions include:

  • Education & Outreach
  • River Patrol
  • Promotion of Stewardship
  • Resource Management