habitat restoration (Miami, fl)

This one week program deals with invasive species removal and Habitat Restoration on Virginia Key. Volunteers may be subject to working with children during this period and participating in coastal clean up and exploration projects. Just minutes away from the heart of Miami, Volunteers will not only give back to the community and the environment, but be capable to fully immerse themselves in the local Miami Culture.

About Virginia Key

     Virginia Key is a 1,200-acre barrier island situated two miles east of downtown Miami and one mile southwest of Miami Beach. It is located within a highly productive marine corridor consisting of extensive tracts of seagrass beds and coral reefs. Above water, Virginia Key is home to a wide range of coastal habitats including beach and dune, hardwood hammock and mangrove wetlands The island has been the site of the deposition of dredging material from the Port of Miami since the 1970s, eliminating its beaches as a loggerhead turtle nesting habitat. Due to historical clearing of vegetation followed by neglect, invasive plants threatened the ecological integrity of Virginia Key.

 

Schedule and Activites

  • Day 1 - Program Orientation and Tour of Facilities. Volunteers will be given an introduction about Florida Native and Invasive Plant Species, Species Removal, and Native Planting.
  • Day 2 - Volunteers will Begin Invasive Plant Removal and Planting Native Plant Species on Virginia Key Coastline.
  • Day 3 - Volunteers will assist Staff efforts of incorperating environmental stewardship and education to Camp Kids.
  • Day 4 - Beach Clean Up and Coastal Exploration

What's Included?

  • 7 Day Housing Accommodations
  • Airport Pick Up & Drop Off Transportation to and from Volunteering Sites
  • Breakfast and Lunch on all Volunteering Days
  • 24 hrs Assistance and Support from Staff
  • Detailed Pre-Trip Packet