Little Talbot Island, FL

Mar 3rd, 2018 to Mar 10th, 2018
Cost: $379.00 Partner Organization(s): Florida Park Service Service Type: Environmental Conservation Number of Participants: 10

Trip Logistics and Participant Requirements:
The drive is about ten hours, which we will hopefully make in our cars cars to avoid the
complications and cost of renting. We already have one car, so we need one more from a participant
to drive. If not, we can rent, however. Participants must be willing to make that drive in one day; we
are planning on using Saturday, March 3rd as a travel day to get to the park and set up so that we will
be able to start work on Sunday. We will be camping in the park in tents throughout the duration of
our trip. This means no AC, no internet connection, and cooking over a campfire. However, we will
have access to a bathhouse! No internet will help us get to know each other better without the
distractions of everyday life, so get ready to have nine new best friends. Because we will be doing
environmental service work, participants must be willing to get muddy and be exhausted at the end
of the work day. We want to make an impact and assist the Park Service employees in any way we
can; we’re looking for determination and flexibility from our participants, as well as a good attitude
and expectation to simultaneously work hard and have fun. We will be returning on Saturday, March
10th to ensure that participants will have Sunday to relax back in Cville before classes start again.

Service Activities:
During our time at Little Talbot Island State Park we will be at the disposal of the Florida Park
Service. Spring break is the time of year that they are getting prepared for shorebird and sea turtle
nesting season and need lots of help with litter/debris removal, construction and installation of
nesting closure area signage and habitat prep. Additionally, trail work and exotic plant removal are
priority. Some light facility maintenance to get the park ready for the following busy season may also
be incorporated. Get ready to work up a sweat with one of the most gorgeous backgrounds as the
view while doing it!

Park Background:
General James Oglethorpe named the Talbot Islands in honor of Charles Baron Talbot, Lord High
Chancellor of England, in 1735. Prior to that Native Americans had been the first humans to inhabit
the barrier islands before in 1562 the French Huguenots arrived. The French Huguenots named the
island Timucua and until from then until James Oglethorpe renamed the island, French, English, and
Spanish colonists lived there. The park went through several changes of hands between the Spanish,
French, and British. Plantation agriculture remained an enduring feature of the park area until the late
1800s when tourism to the park increased dramatically, and several hotels were built to accommodate
the influx of visitors. Little Talbot State Park was officially opened by the state in 1952. In the 1980’s
several surrounding areas were also named state parks and the Talbot State Parks System grew.
Obviously this park has a rich and lengthy history, which is one of the reasons why we want to help
the Florida Park Service keep this state treasure in good condition.

Environmental Background:
Little Talbot Island is a barrier island, meaning that the dunes which comprise the park are always
changing due to erosion. Use of boardwalks and fencing throughout the park to direct pedestrian
traffic has helped to preserve the natural wilderness. The park is particularly known for having good
birding, but there is a wide variety of life that calls the park its home, including bobcats, river otters,
and rabbits.

Recreational Activities:
Little Talbot Island is known for its beautiful beaches and tidal streams so bring a bathing suit and
get ready for lots of swimming! This place is an outdoors lover’s paradise, with other possible activities including hiking, kayaking, surfing, and even biking. There are also 6 nearby parks, which in addition with Little Talbot State Park, comprise the Talbot Islands State Parks. We plan to block off
one afternoon after our work is done to visit one of these other parks. In addition, we plan on taking
one day to spend in Jacksonville, the closest city. Once there, participant interest can dictate what
activities we partake in, however, options include the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the
Museum of Science and History, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife
Sanctuary, and the Kingsley Plantation, along with many great restaurants. If this day trip does not
interest the group, we could bypass Jacksonville and instead spend the day lying on the beach or
further visiting the other nearby parks. We are very open to other ideas, so once participants are
chosen, they could help us think of something better to do and plans could change.

About the Site Leaders:
Seneca is a third year Cognitive Science Major concentrating in Neuroscience from Virginia Beach,
VA. She is an equestrian on the Virginia Riding Team, a soccer coach to a pack of wild children, and
a photographer for Memories on Our Grounds. Despite her packed schedule, she still seems to
always have more energy than the average person, so you don’t have to worry about someone not
being able to keep up with you on this trip, because Seneca always will. She loves animals,
adventures, and bad jokes, so always be prepared for an interesting anecdote from her involving one,
if not all three.

Lillie is a third year Kinesiology Major from Danville, VA. She has a passion for individuals with
disabilities and has gotten most involved on Grounds with Special Olympics and FeelGood at UVA,
which sells grilled cheeses outside Clem to raise money to fight world hunger. When not found in
Clark studying for upcoming tests, you could probably find her either a) attempting to learn how to
cook herself a dinner that doesn’t consist of ramen noodles or heat up soup, or b) giving up any
hope that she will ever learn to take care of herself and instead eating at the dining halls with one of
her other kitchen-challenged friends. Thankfully for you guys she can in fact serve up a mean
quesadilla, as well as the best dang grilled cheeses a human could ever consume (another S/O to
FeelGood- love you guys), which will certainly in more ways than one be incorporated into our
spring break diet.

Seneca and Lillie met last year on the ASB trip to Congaree National Park. Sharing a tent for a week
truly bonded the two and they decided to celebrate their newfound friendship by leading a trip
together the next spring break. Fast-forward almost a year and here they are planning another
environmental conservation trip to Florida! If you like to have a similar experience as us and gain
close friends while also making an impact on the environment, come join them on an awesome week
of probable mishaps and guaranteed fun at Little Talbot Island State Park!

“Lillie is one of the funniest people I have met. An open, carefree spirit, who always has a sarcastic
comeback, she is always up for a good time and doesn’t even hate on me when I crash our kayak into
fallen trees (well… maybe a little, but that’s beside the point).” -Seneca

“Seneca is such a little firecracker. When I first met her, I didn’t expect for us to become so close,
but then five minutes into meeting she tells me she sends her boyfriend corny chemistry pick up lines
when he is stressed and I knew we would get along quite swimmingly. She’s also the most badass girl
I know and probably did some of the most strenuous work out of anyone, meanwhile I always opted
for the less taxing clippers. Thanks for always picking up my slack, Sen.” -Lillie