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Help Plant Native Grass at Park

Updated: Feb 21, 2023


Terra Ceia Preserve State Park in Bishop Harbor is seeking volunteers to assist with native grass planting. Participants will assist with planting a variety of native species, including bluestem, threeawn, and muhly grass.


There are two planned dates this spring - 03/23/2023 and 05/04/2023. The plants are grown on site in the TCPSP nursery, and staff anticipate at least 1500 plants to be available for each date.


Each site is about 0.3 acres of upland that has been infested with invasive species, such as caesarweed and guineagrass. The sites are mowed and tarped for 12 weeks to prep for planting.


Start time is 8:00AM, and staff will shuttle participants between the parking area and planting site. The timeframe is flexible.


If you are interested in participating but not able to start at 8:00 AM, please let us know your anticipated start time when you RSVP so that staff will be available at the parking area to shuttle you to the planting site.


The workday is scheduled to end at noon, but if there are still plants in pots volunteers are welcome to stay longer.


Please email Christin Meilink at Christin.Meilink@FloridaDEP.Gov for more details and to RSVP.

Directions to the parking area and a phone number to contact staff if any issues arise on the planting day will be provided to all participants who RSVP. Please note that there are no restrooms available at the parking area or planting site, however staff will be available to shuttle volunteers back to the parking area if they need to leave early.


Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. A long sleeve shirt and hat is recommended. Volunteers will need a pair of gloves (gardening or leather) and a water bottle for their use.


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