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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - City Park, Hialeah, Florida, USA

City Park, Hialeah, Florida, USA


Registered: February 2007
City/Town/Province: Miami, Miami-Dade County
Posts: 3
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Jorge and I decided to perform our community service project at a park near our home. It is located in Hialeah, Florida. The petite park was fundamentally created for anyone who wishes to have a relaxing and enjoyable time. It contains about six seating tables, three animal swingers for children, and five benches. Next to the park is a lake, where a family of ducks habitat. Surrounding the beautiful, glamorous and eye catching park are huge palm trees. They are properly decorated with reddish plants that grow up to one and a half foot tall. During our volunteer service, the sun shone into the water giving off a gorgeous and sparkling reflection on the shoreline area of the lake. In all, the miniature park is an exciting place to perform anonymous activities for individuals who are interested in surprising their fellow friends or relatives with picnic parties, or who enjoy performing activities to stay active.

Furthermore, the unnamed park contains many types of interesting plants and animals. It contained about twenty enormous palm trees located on each side of the park’s sidewalk. As mentioned earlier, the palm trees are decorated with red charming wild plants that give a standout tone to the park. The animals present in the park are ducks, birds, and fishes and sea creatures. There is a herd of ducks that add up to more than eight in all. Also, we noticed that a young man daily provides the group of ducks with food, such as rice, bread, or corn.

During our litter cleanup volunteer service, Jorge and I did not notice the park dirty. However, as we accelerated and picked up small amounts of garbage, the bag began to full in size. We collected papers, used cigarettes, small glass containers of wine, wasted alcoholic bottles, tree branches, water bottles, plastic party cups, and plastic bags. It was amazing the amount of waste we gathered after spending almost two hours in the park. Most of the garbage we gathered was from the zone near the lake, which is located next to the park. The result was shocking because since the park appeared to be clean initially, we did not expect to collect a bag full of litter that had an estimated weight of twenty pounds.

During the litter pickup activity, Jorge and I felt extremely happy. Performing community service is rewarding. It brought joy into our hearts. As we walked, collected pieces of waste, and placed them in our black bag, we felt content and smiled at each other for spending our time on something worthwhile, valuable, and rewarding. Our experience cheered us because we aided our environment just by giving few hours to the park. This also prevented the park-lake to get filled with trash that would injure or kill our water animals.

In conclusion, our litter pickup project encouraged others in the park to perform similar services. We informed them about the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™, and they were glad to hear that there are community service projects such as this one. We placed a smile on their faces, and they showed gratitude by expressing or saying “Thank you for the litter pickup.” If more people are informed about his project, then there will be more involvement to this litter pickup project. This is one way the service can be kept on moving. Also, I can inform my friends about the project and soon more wilderness areas will be cleaned. Other methods include posing signs in parks telling the public to “pick up after their own mess,” or to help Ecology grow by providing a hand. These types of advertisements will persuade others to get involved in this project. All in all, this project made a change in the community, and made us realize that serving is caring. It is an experience to remember.
Date: March 8, 2007 Views: 13206 File size: 59.4kb : 207 x 180
Hours Volunteered: 10
Volunteers: 2
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 to 17
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 15
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