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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


toll-free: 800-456-9009
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

Florida Keys: Spring Break 05

Florida Keys

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On this most excellent adventure, a group of 13 crazy folks traveled to the Florida Keys to spend their spring break doing environmental service, camping, snorkeling, and taking in the sights of the Keys. The trip started out in the lower keys at Camp Wesumpkee, an amazing girl scout camp located on Summerland Key. Here, the group worked with the Florida Keys Nature Conservancy removing non-native species. From here, the group travelled north to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for a snorkeling trip, and a back-breaking yet fun day of non-native species removal. Next the group ventured to Bahia Honda State Park, where they had a very educational experience line-splicing and snorkeling with the National Marine Sanctuary, the organization responsible for protecting the coral reefs around the Keys. The groups last couple of work days took place at the brand new Curry Hammock State park, working on a nature trail and helping to finish up the new camping area. The group enjoyed their final evening together in Key West, and headed back to Eckerd with many memories, experiences, and new friends.

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Calls for Participation

Academy Prep

Volunteer with Academy Prep

Academy Prep is a unique private middle school program serving 5th through 8th grade students in a low-income area. Students must qualify for need-based scholarships to attend and must have a desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Academy Prep works with students to prepare them for higher education, maintaining relationships with graduates through high school, college, and into their adult lives.

YMCA Reads

Volunteer Mentors Needed

YMCA Reads! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

Community Action Stops Abuse

Community Action Stops Abuse

It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence. CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.

Edible Peach Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a not for profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan.