Welcome to our new Summer Blog Series, SFRC Serves. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are sharing stories of how our students and alumni give back to their communities.
Bachelor in Forest Resources and Conservation
William Yarley is a Forest Resources and Conservation student in the third year of his undergraduate degree. Currently, he is an active volunteer at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville, FL.
William contributes his time by interpreting the park’s resources to weekend visitors. He says, “Every Saturday I lead the guided walk down to the sinkhole and along the way I share stories about the history of the park and describe the nature surrounding it.”
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a large, cover-collapse sinkhole that exposes 100 feet of rock layer. It is considered to be a vital geological feature in Florida and contains fossilized remains of marine organisms, which help geologists understand how these geologic units were formed. The sinkhole is not only a great resource for geologists, it is also a unique and biologically rich site that attracts thousands of visitors annually.
William also mentions, “I work closely with their Junior Ranger program and help kids get engaged in and excited about nature. State parks are always on the lookout for volunteers, so I encourage you to see how you can get involved with your local park!”
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