The Friends lead many shoreline cleanups yearly to protect our shorelines/mangrove fringe areas/waterways from harmful debris/trash. We are adding a recycling + education central station soon - thanks to a generous donor!!
Our holiday fundraising day with our butterfly garden Girl Scouts + the Young Friends of Oleta. The musically talented Young Friends played holiday songs with violins in tow throughout the park...and the Girl Scouts had warm-holiday-drinks for donation!
We are so thankful for all the amazing community teachers, students + their friends + families who support us in each + everything we do...last winter, after hurricane Irma, we had over 250 volunteers for a day of volunteering throughout the park!
The Friends trail maintenance crew working hard - the TM team meets monthly as a group and the leaders, Board Members, are executing big plans to improve and update Oleta bike trails every week.
The Friends work hard to restore, conserve, + boost natural resources at Oleta...we manage two large butterfly/biodiversity gardens, plus we have new dune restoration + an eco fit trail in the works for 2018-19!
Active, successful fundraising - volunteer campaign - green infrastructure - biodiversity building - educational tools - phytoremediation plantings: to creatively restore and boost the butterfly garden native habitats (2 projects) at Oleta River State Park, along with a new Biodiversity + Wildlife Conservation Club
Bike Trail Improvement and Maintenance
Monthly maintenance events, night rides for member motivation and Friends investment with partners to build out, innovate and improve Oleta's bike trail system (16 miles)
Friends Relax-Ecology-Fitness Trail
Newly approved project to build out in adopt-a-trail stages to create a tranquil interpretive + recreational trail out of a current foot path...remote, quiet spaces with native plants/education, a fitness apparatus PLUS invasive removal...
Corp. Membership/Strategic Sustainability Ecosystem Alliance Program
Initiative to build corporate + small business donor support/collaboration toward project success, fundraising and catalyzation of larger goals at Oleta - to include habitat restoration, conservation, native planting with green infrastructure/targeted phytoremediation, water conservation/recycling/litter-prevention initiatives to educate the community.
Park - Oleta Friends New Joint Projects
Our nonprofit will work with Oleta management/staff resources to create new healthy green spaces, remove invasive species, and find + act on synergies between environmental + recreational goals throughout the park...dune restoration, White Ibis pavilion enhancements, + revitalization of the nature trail near the south point area/Intercoastal shoreline...