Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge

Volunteer

HELP US AS WE STRIVE TO SUPPORT AND IMPROVE THE STATUS OF THE FLORIDA PANTHER AND THE FLORIDA PANTHER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. WE ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

If you can spare us even a few hours a month or wish to assist the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge in any capacity in our work to enhance the recovery and viability of this endangered species, or just seek additional information, contact us at info@floridapanther.org.

Outreach –

There are so many opportunities to engage in educational events locally! The Friends provide a display booth at several local events, such as the annual Earth Day at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as well as the Florida Panther Festival at Naples Zoo. Help us spread vital educational information by manning a booth at any one of these outreach events. 

(Tom Trotta, Friends Acting President at Florida Panther Festival)

 Special Events –

Manage and coordinate events such as Annual Members’ Meeting; the Friends’ involvement in the Refuge Open House; the Friends’ involvement in the Florida Panther Festival, participate in activities on the refuge, and other fun events. Volunteers may also develop, when appropriate, other Friends’ events in coordination with the Board.

Speakers –

Are you a passionate volunteer with a love of public speaking? Make presentations related to the Florida Panther and the importance of protecting natural habitat to a variety of environmental, charitable, business and social groups.

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(Save The Panther Day with Collier County officials, Amber Crooks, Friends Secretary, Jess Sutt, USFWS)

Fundraising –

Write and submit grants and explore avenues for additional fundraising.

Hands On--

Many Friends volunteers like to get their hands dirty! We invite volunteers to the Refuge for planting days to expand our pollinator garden and we work closely with the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to knock back invasive species on the Refuge. Some volunteers assist Refuge biologist conduct sea turtle research after attending various trainings.