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Timucuan Parks Foundation, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL   |  www.timucuanparks.org

Mission

Timucuan Parks Foundation preserves, promotes and enhances Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education and enjoyment.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Mayda Velez

Main address

9953 Heckscher Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32226 USA

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Formerly known as

Preservation Project Jacksonville

Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation

Timucuan Parks Foundation

EIN

59-3614354

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healthy Living

The Healthy Living: Fresh Air, Fitness, Friendship, and Fun program introduces seniors to Jacksonville’s wilderness parks and preserves to learn about the physical and mental benefits of recreating outdoors. The program gets folks outdoors to explore new parks, meet new people, and enjoy low-impact exercise and raises awareness of these special outdoor spaces.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Timucuan Parks Foundation continues to increase awareness and stewardship of the wilderness parks through its robust volunteer program supporting park partners National Park Service, Florida State Parks, and City of Jacksonville. The program fills the gap for additional people power needed for trail building and maintenance, shoreline and park cleanups, invasive plant removal, pollinator and historic garden maintenance, painting, and light construction projects; assisting in nature studies and citizen science; and raising awareness of the parks and engaging with the community. Hundreds of volunteers annually give thousands of service hours to TPF and the parks.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

During the pandemic, Timucuan Parks Foundation created a program that allowed students to volunteer outdoors in order to complete community service requirements for graduation. The program continues: students contribute to park beautification, submit information about their cleanup(s), and receive certification of their community service. Students help ensure that trails, trailheads, and parking and other areas are litter-free.

Population(s) Served
Students

Timucuan Parks Foundation is committed to increasing access to, awareness, and stewardship of the wilderness parks through outdoor recreation and environmental education. TPF continues to partner with National Park Service, Florida State Parks, and City of Jacksonville and community organizations to create access and provide opportunities and programming to connect diverse communities to the wilderness parks and the benefits outdoor recreation provides.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
Veterans
Adolescents
Women

Timucuan Parks Foundation is working with three park partners (city, state and national) and numerous community partners to focus efforts on common preservation and conservation goals:
• Organizing volunteers who provide thousands of hours of in-park maintenance and restoration care.
• Supporting the Living Shoreline project at Kingsley Plantation.

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Where we work

Awards

Community Organization Award for Student Self-Guided Park Cleanup program 2021

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful

Honorable Mention for Local Focus Lasting Impact™ Moments Recognition 2020

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida

Environmental Achievement Award 2018

City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board

Organization Award 2023

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Award

Affiliations & memberships

Public Lands Alliance 2024

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce 2024

Green Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Chapter 2024

Northeast Florida Conservation Organizations Network 2024

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Timucuan Parks Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Hays

Retired-Argos

Term: 2020 - 2025

Dr. Richard Danford

Jacksonville Urban League

Alexa Graf

ETM, Inc.

Katie Mitura

Visit Jacksonville

Dr. Todd Sack

Retired-Borland Groover Clinic

Kathy Stark

Fine Artist

Susan Wiles

Right Coast Strategies

M. Hayden Phillips

Rogers Towers P.A.

Paul McElroy

Retired-JEA

John Delaney

Flagler College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/21/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

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