Biscayne, FL

Site Leaders

Grace Sailer

Calvin Tilson

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

Biscayne National Park

Everglades National Park



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Site Leader Description #1

Calvin is a third year here at UVA majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Art following the Pre-Med track. His hometown is Lexington, Va (along with Grace Sailer). He went on his first ASB trip last year to Lima, Peru and had an incredible time working in medical clinics there. On grounds, he is on Club swim, volunteers with Medical Services through Madison House, and loves making his friends in Greek life take him to events even though he is in fact not in Greek life.

Site Leader Description #2

Grace is a third year majoring in Global Sustainability and English from Lexington, VA. She went to Biscayne as a first year and had such an awesome time that she can’t wait to go back with Calvin! At Biscayne she also met her personal hero, Park Ranger Gary, who she can’t wait to reunite with. Some of Grace’s involvements on grounds include Madison House ESOL tutoring, Green Grounds, Pi Beta Phi, and going to the dumpling truck way too often. Grace is abroad in New Zealand for the fall semester where she has seen zero kiwi birds so far but is otherwise having a great time. She can’t wait to meet everyone in the spring!

Trip Logistics

We’ll be starting off our journey with a 16-hour ~road trip~! We’ll depart from Charlottesville on Saturday, March 7th at 4am in Grace and Calvin’s cars and arrive in Homestead, FL by 10pm. We intend to rent a house in Homestead to stay in and cook breakfast and dinner there, and then we’ll make paper bag lunches each day to bring to our work site; alternatively, we could end up camping in tents near a hostel that has showers and a kitchen. Both the Everglades and Biscayne are a 20 minute drive from Homestead, and we’ll work with the parks from around 8am to 4pm. On Saturday, March 14th we’ll leave Homestead at 4am and arrive back in Charlottesville by 10pm.

Participant Requirements

Participants should be interested in service and the environment and eager to participate, volunteer, and learn. You should be ready (and willing!) to get your hands dirty when we’re working in the parks. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and we could end up needing to camp in tents or switch up our service work, so having a positive attitude and being able to go with the flow is definitely important!

Service Activities

We’ll spend Monday and Tuesday working with the Everglades National Park, likely doing trail maintenance or any tasks the park employees need help with. On Thursday and Friday we will work with Biscayne doing marine debris pickup. We will go out in boats and pick up trash on the beaches where turtles nest in order to clear paths for baby turtles to make it to sea.

Recreational Activities

We will have all day on Sunday and Wednesday to explore the parks or making a trip up to Miami! Some potential activities could include going to beaches, kayaking, swimming, getting key lime smoothies at Robert is Here (the coolest fruit stand ever), and going out for dinner. During the week we can also find things to do after our service is over. We’re totally open to suggestions and up for whatever y’all want to do!

Community/Area Background

We will be staying in a small town outside of Miami near Biscayne National Park. Biscayne National Park was established in 1980 and 95% of the park is underwater.

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