Accepting Applications for Summer High School Leadership Program!

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County at Weedon Island Preserve is looking for high school students with an interest in the environment to join the Ranger Naturalist program.

High school students yearning to learn more about the environment and gain volunteer experience at the same time should be sure to check out the Ranger Naturalist Program at Weedon Island Preserve. Volunteer hours may be applied to Florida Bright Futures Scholarships for those eligible. Through the program, students will take part in experiential learning activities including nature hikes, guided canoe trips, invasive plant removal days, and coastal cleanups.

Applications for the program (students ages 15-18) will be due Thursday, May 18, and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Friday, May 26, 2017. Download your application today!

During the program, students will be expected to complete their necessary volunteer hours, working 12-16 hours per week. The designated days of the program are Thursdays and Fridays with some Saturday program commitments.

All volunteers will be trained to assist guests that are visiting the Education Center and trails, as well as develop individual projects that support the mission of the Education Center.

Contact Weedon Island Preserve Education Support Specialists, Stephanie Pego at (727)453-6507 or email spego@pinellascounty.org, or Allison Saltoft at (727)453-6531 or email ahemhauser@pinellascounty.org for more information.