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Timucuan Parks Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: Timucuan Parks Foundation preserves, promotes and enhances Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education, and enjoyment.

Target demographics: Jacksonville residents and visitors

Geographic areas served: City, state and national parks and preserves...over 86,000 acres of preserved lands in the Jacksonville metro area

Programs: • WELL-BEING: Healthy Parks, Healthy City initiative, youth education and outdoor activities, outdoor recreation (health-focused activities that take people to the parks). • SENSE OF PLACE – promoting archaeological research within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and supporting the National Park Service’s events; convening a working group to establish a network of historical and cultural trails; developing regional preserve strategies to include signage and displays featuring the historical, cultural and ecological aspects of each park. • Restoration and Resiliency – 7,000+ volunteer hours in the parks and developing a Living Shoreline project.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

Timucuan Parks Foundation is a wonderful organization that does amazing things to support our local city, state and national parks. I have been providing public relations services to the organization to help their mission to promote Jacksonville’s natural areas. I thoroughly enjoy helping to spread their message to the community and it is pleasure to tell their stories. My husband and I both grew up in Jacksonville and we spend a lot of time in the area's parks and preserves. We appreciate the work that TPF staff and their volunteers do to keep our parks clean and beautiful for all to enjoy.

Donor

Rating: 5

We're fortunate to have a remarkable collection of city, state and national parks in our backyard -- and fortunate to have everyone involved with Timucuan Parks Foundation doing so much to preserve, improve and promote our parks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Timuquan Parks Foundation for 20 yer has been the lead steward organization for Jacksonville's and Duval County' s bounteous parks. The TPF has taken more children and adults from every community into the woods than any other local organization. Thank you.

Katie Kurycki M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Timucuan Parks Foundation does incredible work in the Jacksonville community. By supporting the largest urban park system in the country, they provide a wonderful opportunity for visitors and locals to enjoy these natural resources. Their education, awareness, and clean-up efforts make the parks a great place for anyone to explore. Their focus on Sense of Wellbeing and Sense of Place makes it easy to understand the benefits individuals can gain from spending time in our parks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great things for the community and the environment. Volunteering with TPF is always a fulfilling experience. The parks in Jacksonville are a treasure, and need our protection more than ever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working with Timucuan Parks Foundation due to ties with my employer, but I now truly volunteer on my own time. I have trimmed vegetation at a large archeological site, picked up countless bags of trash, planted long leaf pine trees, and helped lead a group of high school students during their trash pick-up event. TPF staff are all enthusiastic and organized and have volunteer opportunities available for all types of people and tasks. It is rewarding to see the results of my work when I'm out and about in Jacksonville, and it is a great feeling to know I am making a difference in my community.

Ray K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Timucuan Parks Foundation has been where my volunteer hours are spent since my retirement. Why you ask? Because for years I've enjoyed the wonderful and beautiful parks of northeast Florida. I decided it was time to give back. Fine people and a great mission!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering on behalf of the Timucaun Parks Foundation. Where else can you experience the beauty of the outdoors and the joy of introducing the same to others. Just this past year I have worked with underprivileged kids taking them by boat to Exchange Island in the middle of the St Johns River to pickup trash followed by fishing, kayaked with special needs children in the Timucuan Preserve, and worked with adults clearing weeds on an ancient Timucuan Indian ceremonial site, and planted native species at Fort Caroline National Memorial. Volunteer opportunities through the Foundation are boundless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with them for years. They are an outstanding organization that does great work for the greater Jax area. They preserve, protect and enhance the many different types of parks we have in our large geographic city. Shoreline cleanups, invasive species removal and promoting outdoor activities in these parks are some of the things that they do. I like that they get lots of high school kids involved in these events. The kids get community service hours and the community gets a better environment because of it. Win, win. Great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with TPF for over 7 years now. It started out as an outreach opportunity organized through my employer but it has become so much more! I have volunteered with young children, young adults and grown adults. I have cleaned debris from trail systems and trash from our beaches. I have cleaned growth from archaeological digs, helped remove invasive plant species and so much more. Through these years, I have learned so much about our park system and how important it is for all of us to support their ongoing efforts.

Allen M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with TPF just for the high school service hours required to graduate, but quickly found the experience to be far more valuable than the hours I was getting. The people I found myself working with were very pleasant, and the tasks we were set to do were easy, fun, and effective. I gained lots of influential contacts which allowed me far more opportunities later on, and as a result very nearly took what would have been my first job, had the Coronavirus not said otherwise.

Typically, the organizers will divide our collective party into smaller parties to go out and perform tasks. I've been lucky enough to be partnered many times with older and more mature individuals, and on only one occasion had to work with a teenager my own age. This was my only negative experience here, and for the amount of events I've attended, I can say it's a rare occurrence you'll get a really bad apple.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Parks are great venues for maintaining and improving physical and mental health. Together with their national, state, and city preservation park partners, Timucuan Parks Foundation provides programming and community engagement activities to get
more of Jacksonville's residents out into the parks, including Healthy Living: Fresh Air,Fitness, Friendship, and Fun monthly walks with seniors; volunteering with veterans; urban outreach and positive youth development; programming for Special Olympics athletes and other special needs youth, and tapping into corporate wellness programs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year and a half ago, I was thinking about looking for a part-time job after retiring from two long-term careers.
A friend recommended TPF, and it has been a perfect fit! I work with an awesome team of creative, hard-working folks who are committed to helping folks in Jacksonville have an awesome experience exploring out parks!
From healthy initiatives to removing invasive plant species, this organization is fabulous.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the US. One of the primary reasons is the great work of this organization. They are a model for any community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am renewed each time I step in one of our city, state and national parks in Jacksonville. Without the Timucuan Parks foundation, I would not be engaged in the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I initially partnered with Timucuan Parks Foundation on my art project about Jacksonville's parks - a family friendly book and traveling exhibit. Through that experience I became a parks ambassador and joined the board of TPF. We are working together to inspire our community to get outside and experience Jacksonville's wilderness parks and preserves. We are emphasizing that these special places give our area a Sense of Place and a Sense of Well-being. our goal is to weave our parks and preserves into the social and economic fabric of the city. The REAL Jacksonville.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Timucuan Parks foundation out reach Director does a fantastic job of community engagement with corporate volunteers as well as putting on educational seminars / activities for students in middle school and high school

Board Member

Rating: 5

Timucuan Park Foundation(TPF) is the lead advocacy nonprofit organization for the largest Urban Park system in the United States in Greater Jacksonville, Florida. It partners with the National Park Service, State of Florida Parks, Conservation & Recreation & City of Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department in providing volunteers, Programs & financial support for 23 separate parks & preservation areas. It is recognized as the “ Soul of Jacksonville”! I am a member of the TPF Board Of Directors. - Jim Rienhardt

Board Member

Rating: 5

We just celebrated our 20th-anniversary last night unveiling our exhibit at the Museum of Science & History. Our organization is the friends and support group to the largest urban park system in the US. Our outreach and education programs are 2nd to none.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Timucuan Parks Foundation is THE voice to protect the 2nd largest urban park system in the world, in Jacksonville, Florida USA. So important, and great fun trips each week.

Greta A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to meet some great people through volunteering for this organization. Also, the monthly fitness program they started to visit and get to know different parks the Jacksonville area is should a great idea especially for retirees/seniors. I am looking forward to the next adventure that this organization put together. Excellent and friendly staff!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Timucuan Trails Park Foundation does an incredible job promoting an entire system of city, state and national park land in northeast Florida in a holistic manner to all ages. Through informative maps and creative programs (geocaching, kayaking, beach clean-ups, educational programs related to ancient Indian mound archeology or native diamondback terrapins) they bring renewed awareness about the beauty of and importance of special natural places; why we should be protect them; and how to utilize them for outdoor activities. Each week over the summer they have sponsored a series of rotating park clean-ups and trail clearing throughout the region.

Review from Guidestar