Canaveral National Seashore - - Titusville, Florida - Press Release
Canaveral National Seashore - Titusville Florida
Headquarters: 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796 -- (321) 267-1110
Information Center: 7611 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 -- (386) 428-3384


April 27, 2011

Contact: John Stiner: 321-267-1110

Volunteers Needed to Save Turtle Mound National Historic Site

Turtle Mound is a Native American shell mound within Canaveral National Seashore that stands 35 ft tall and provides archeological evidence of life on the east coast of central Florida dating back to the year 800. This important site has been eroding at a rapid pace in recent years due to wakes from wind and boats. To reduce erosion, national park staff and University of Central Florida researchers have been testing "living shoreline" techniques in nearby areas for the past two years to determine what method will work best for Turtle Mound.

With funding from The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, National Park Service, University of Central Florida, and additional support from the Coastal Conservation Association, Field and Stream Magazine, Anderson Rentals, and Costa Sunglasses, community-based, living shoreline stabilization will soon occur and we are looking for lots of volunteers to come help with the project.

Work Days: Saturday, 30 April and Sunday, 1 May 2011

Both days will run from 9 AM - 2 PM at Turtle Mound, immediately inside the New Smyrna (North) Entrance of Canaveral National Seashore.

Saturday is for volunteers ages 12+ as we will be working with sharp oyster shells. Sunday is for all age volunteers as Sunday will focus on planting native shoreline vegetation. We will also have touch tanks of local biodiversity on Sunday. Sunday has also been selected as one of three national Field & Stream Magazine/Toyota HERO FOR A DAY Conservation Projects for 2011, so please come join us to help celebrate Earth Day 2011!

What to expect both days:

Expect to bend over a lot, get wet up to your thighs, and get really muddy! Please wear old clothes and you must have on closed-toe, hard soled shoes to participate (old sneakers are best). Please don't make us decline your offer to help by wearing the wrong shoes.

Please bring with you: work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, lots of water, your lunch and your sense of humor. Also bring lawn chairs or a blanket if you want to eat lunch on site. We hope to have 50 -100 volunteers each day. Please do not bring valuables to the site. You will be admitted free into Canaveral National Seashore for the day if you tell them you are participating in Turtle Mound stabilization.

Parking nearby is limited - Park Rangers will help everyone find parking, but please expect to walk approximately 1/3 of a mile to the site. Bathrooms will be available on site.

Questions: Please contact L. Walters (UCF Biology: or John Stiner (NPS:

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