St Augustine, FL

Mar 4th, 2017 to Mar 11th, 2017
Cost: $575.00 Partner Organization(s): Florida State Park Service Service Type: Environmental conservation Number of Participants: 10

TRIP LOGISTICS & PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

On March 4th, we will drive the ten hour trip to St. Augustine in two cars with a stop along the way for lunch. We will be staying in a hostel or Airbnb near Anastasia State Park that has showers and a kitchen area to cook meals! We will provide some cooking supplies and will buy some good food for breakfasts and dinners, as well as portable meals for when we are on the worksite. Participants will not need to bring a sleeping bag, as we will have full sleeping accommodations.

We will be working closely with the Florida State Park Service with whatever they need for the week, especially in light of the recent hurricane in that area. No special skills are required – this is a learning experience. All you need to bring is a positive attitude and a willingness to do outdoor service work in environmental conservation.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Our work will depend largely on the needs of the Florida State Park Service at the time of our trip. This could be a variety of tasks, especially since St. Augustine was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Potential projects include trail maintenance, beach cleanup, and invasive plant removal, among others.

REGIONAL BACKGROUND

St. Augustine is America’s oldest continually occupied European settlement. There are numerous historical sites in this area, including the famed “Fountain of Youth.” Anastasia State Park was created in 1949 by the state of Florida. It is located on Anastasia Island, which is the combination of historical Conch Island and Anastasia Island. The islands were once separate; however, after years of the tides carrying sand deposits and Hurricane Dora in 1964, Conch and Anastasia Islands were linked, forming the area that is modern day Anastasia State Park. The park is known as South Beach to local Floridians.

During this time of year, the average high is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit with an average low around 55 degrees. Though we’ll be visiting during the dry season, make sure to bring rain gear just in case!

COMMUNITY BACKGROUND

Florida State Parks relies heavily on volunteers to help maintain their parks. The parks altogether have over 21 million visitors annually. In 2008 alone, volunteers contributed over one million hours. Friends of Florida State Parks is a nonprofit organization that helps mobilize citizens to maintain the parks. Park volunteers and rangers work incredibly hard to maintain trails, beaches, and general upkeep of the parks.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

There are so many things to do in St. Augustine! When we aren’t working, we’ll be exploring the park and its beautiful beaches, as well as visiting local attractions like the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and St. George’s Street. We will also visit the farmer’s market and the seafood festival that will be going on that week!

ABOUT THE SITE LEADERS

Hi! Our names are Maia Foster (mdf4eg) and Jess Littman (jal2vh), and we are SO PUMPED to be leading this trip to Anastasia State Park. We have known each other since Maia’s 2nd and Jess’s 1st year through other involvements, but we both ended up on the trip to Seattle in 2016. After that week, we decided to apply to site lead together in 2017. We are both from Virginia, specifically from the northern Virginia area outside of DC. We are so excited to be going to Florida!

Maia is a 4th year Economics and Environmental Thought and Practice major with a love of the arts, especially theatre and playing a musical instrument (the viola). She hopes to pursue a career in environmental policy or law. She is, more than anything, a dweeb and can’t wait to meet all of you.

Jess is a 3rd year Drama and American Studies double major. At UVA she is involved with VA Players, First Year Players, and Arts Grounds Guides. Passions include (but are not limited to) coffee, yoga, watching standup specials, reading at least one IMDB page per day, making playlists, cultivating costumes she may be able to wear to a theme party one day, and general adventuring.

We both can’t wait to meet our participants this spring break!

SITE LEADER TESTIMONIALS

I decided to apply to ASB on a whim as a 3rd year. I had no idea what I was getting into. I had an incredible time in Seattle as I learned about the area and worked in state and local parks. I found that the most rewarding part of the trip was actually the conversations we would have during reflections every night; Jess and I can’t wait to incorporate the kinds of interesting reflections we experienced last year into our trip this year. – Maia

ASB drew my interest last year because of the affordable opportunity to simultaneously travel and do environmental service work. Maia and my trip to Seattle was so wonderful because our site leaders encouraged us to explore and take advantage of the time we had there, while volunteering and in our free time. My hope is that we will be able to inspire the same desire to truly embrace St. Augustine and everything the area has to offer. -Jess