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ORGANIZATION: Oakland Nature Preserve

  • 61 people are interested

We are eagerly recruiting volunteers for our Docent Program at Oakland Nature Preserve. Docents greet and chat with visitors in our museum/library on topics such as history of the preserve and our region, habitat restoration, native flora and fauna.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast or an expert, or passionate about the environment, restoration, conservation or preservation, we'd love to hear from you. Training and reference materials will be available. Docents also sometimes assist us with our events.

Docent Volunteer Requirements:

- At least 18 years old (or signed parental consent form)

- Reliable transportation

- Friendly and outgoing, ability to chat with a variety of people.

- Desire to learn about Florida’s ecosystems, plants, animals and the history of the Preserve.

- Minimum of 1 Saturday or Sunday per month, 3 hour shift from 10-1 or 1-4.

- Attire must be comfortable and weather-appropriate, close-toed shoes.

- Appearance must be neat and clean; no perfumes or scented lotions.

If you are interested in this or other volunteer opportunities at Oakland Nature Preserve, contact Volunteer Coordinator Nicole O'Brien at outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org for more information.

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About Oakland Nature Preserve


747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To promote understanding of the fragile balances between mankind and the environment by EDUCATING present and future generations about natural ecosystems of Lake Apopka Basin and by RESTORING and CONSERVING the lands within the Preserve.


The Oakland Nature Preserve is a 128-acre preserve located just west of Orlando, Florida in the town of Oakland, situated on the south shore of Lake Apopka . The Preserve was created to inspire people of all ages to become good stewards of the natural environment, by providing a place to explore and learn about the history and ecology of Central Florida. We offer several hiking trails through oak and pine forests, and a beautifully shaded boardwalk leading through natural wetlands to a covered pavilion on Lake Apopka. Our sustainably-built Visitor & Environmental Education Center offer live animal exhibits, a cultural and natural history museum, a lecture hall for educational programs, and a shaded serenity porch complete with rocking chairs for your relaxation between hikes!

Since the late 1990’s, volunteers have donated thousands of hours to ONP habitat restoration, fund raising, and education. Oakland Nature Preserve’s continued success is not possible without the generosity and dedication of our volunteers. The 128 acre Preserve and the Environmental Education Center offer a number of opportunities for people to help us accomplish our mission.


Animals, Community, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


747 Machete TrailOakland, FL 34760



  • History
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Archeology
  • Environmental Education
  • General Education
  • Environmental Science


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 6-month commitment & 4-weeks’ notice. Minimum of 1 Saturday per month from 10-1 or 1-4.

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