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ERM volunteers find the strangest things during cleanup events. During the first three months of 2010, volunteers removed more than 4,800 pounds of trash from county-managed natural areas. Much of the trash was composed of glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic containers. However, volunteers always come across some item that makes them scratch their heads and wonder how it made it into the wilderness. Volunteers uncovered a car axle, Christmas lights, a Hoover vacuum cleaner and carpeting at a February cleanup event in Juno Beach. Even stranger things were found at two March cleanup events in Boynton Beach - a large A/C unit, a wooden crutch, a paint roller, and a shower curtain.



Are you ready to lend a hand? Here's how you can become an ERM volunteer!

VOLUNTEER EVENTS
  • This program requires no training or long-term commitment; only short-term projects for busy individuals who want to make a difference in their community.
  • Volunteers participate in "hands-on" environmental projects such as native plantings, site cleanups, exotic plant removal, dune restoration, and nursery maintenance.
  • Projects typically last three hours and are scheduled on a monthly basis.
  • Groups can also take advantage of this program. A special work project can be designed for their members at a date, time, and location of their choosing.
  • To see when the next volunteer event is, click here.

NATURAL AREA STEWARDS
  • This program requires dedicated volunteers who can work several hours each week for at least one year.
  • Natural area stewards assist ERM staff in managing local natural areas.
  • Responsibilities include conducting inspections, maintaining trails, reporting damage, recording animal and plant observations, and assisting with volunteer work projects.
  • Stewards receive a handbook and a t-shirt. Training opportunities are available throughout the year.
  • Click here to download a steward application.

GET IN THE KNOW
  • Do you want to know when the next natural area is opened, how the sea turtle nesting numbers are stacking up, or what invasive exotic plant is causing problems for land managers?
  • You can find the answers to these questions in the ERM's quarterly Environmental Times newsletter.
  • Each issue contains articles on programs such as shoreline enhancement, water resources protection, and habitat restoration.
  • Click here to read the latest edition of the Environmental Times.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Ann Mathews, Volunteer Coordinator, at (561) 233-2400 or email Ann at amathews@co.palm-beach.fl.us.

 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Hungryland Slough Natural Area - REOPENED
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve - UPDATE
    The Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to erm-natural@co.palm-beach.fl.us,or can be provided at the May 26, 2016 Public Hearing and Open House. Click on the link for time and location. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunrise Hike, May 7th 6:30am
    Join us for a guided hike through Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter. For more details and to reserve your spot, click on the link to the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Firewalk, The Spark of Life, May 24th 5:30pm
    Join us at Sweetbay Natural Area in Palm Beach Gardens for this guided hike. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Namaste, Yoga in the Natural Areas, May 25th 6:30pm
    Join us at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton for this unique experience. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
    Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
  • Running Wild, June 4th 7:00am
    Run with ERM at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area will cover approximately 10 miles and take participants through a variety of habitats on a combination of hardened and primitive trails. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Photography Workshop, June 10th 6:00pm
    Take part in a guided photography tour of Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Paddle, June 15th 5:30pm
    Come paddle with ERM staff to Fullerton Island in Jupiter as the sun sets over this recently restored 12 acre maritime hammock island with newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, June 18th 9:00am
    ERM staff will lead you and your child on a guided walk through the woods at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area highlighting points of interest associated with "Birds in Your Backyard" followed by an arts and crafts project each child can take home. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
    Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]