This opportunity is curated through the UF TESI Environmental Leaders Network. Opportunities posted through the Network may not be affiliated with the Florida Museum or TESI, but are shared with UF undergraduate students who want to learn more about environmental research, education and outreach, and civic engagement. 

Opportunity title

Water Lettuce Warriors Group Attack

Host organization/department

Ichetucknee Springs State Park


We need your help! A nuisance plant known as water lettuce is swarming Ichetucknee River. We are seeking volunteer water lettuce warriors who are willing to spend a Saturday on the river to hand-remove water lettuce and protect our fragile ecosystem. All ages who can follow direction and contribute to a safe working environment are welcome to join. Participants are encouraged to wear river-appropriate clothing and sun-protection, including river/water slippers, sun hats, sunblock, poison ivy block, and swim gear useful in wading situations. Drinking water is provided but volunteers should bring a personal water bottle. Contact the program organizer for more information about water lettuce or for more information about the event, such as meeting location.

Date & time

This takes place once a month from 8 AM -12 PM. Here are the dates currently scheduled: January 14th, February 4th, March 18, and April 22.

Why should students participate?

This is a good way to learn about invasive plant removal in a state park setting. It also is a good way to work alongside a state park biologist who has been in the field since 1994.

Who can students contact for more information?

Caitlin Gonsiorek, Park Services Specialist,