What we're about

CFL RECON is the proud recipient of the 2022 Citizen Conservation Award from The Wildlife Society, FL Chapter! We are humbled to be recognized alongside such esteemed environmental advocates like Florida Audubon and Dr. Tom Hoctor. CFL RECON would not have made it this far without the support of our members who take time out of their weekends to help restore the environment. We would also like to thank our supporters who graciously contribute cleanup supplies and equipment to our cause.

We are a group of friends and concerned citizens protecting Central Florida's surface waters and natural environment by removing trash and debris from lakes, rivers and streams. We work for the betterment of Central Florida's lakes and rivers so that the animals that live here will have fewer dangers in the forms of plastic and foam debris that we gather from the waterways and shorelines. All those who enjoy canoeing and kayaking and would have a couple hours a week to give are welcome!  

The RECON fleet is growing and we currently have 9 kayaks available to use for our events. We also provide use of our litter removal equipment such as grabbers, gloves and bags for each of our clean-ups. Our outings are weekly and alternate between Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the fall and winter months, our cleanups start at 10am. Spring and summer cleanups start at 9am and we usually take some time off during the hottest months. The events usually last for about 2-3 hours including on-loading and off-loading of the kayaks. 

Although we have kayaks available to use, feel free to bring your own canoe, kayak or paddle board! At most of our cleanup locations, shoreline volunteers are also welcome if you feel the urge to walk instead of being on the water.

Our group has worked in cooperation with other similarly guided organizations like the St. Johns Riverkeepers, Save the Manatee Club, Surfrider Foundation and countless neighborhood groups and HOAs dedicated to the betterment of the environment. Recently, some of our members took part in a successful initiative in Orlando to prohibit the use of styrofoam (No Foam Zone). If you are a part of an environmentalist organization or know of a waterway that needs a good cleanup, please reach out to us! 

Upcoming events (3)

💦 Lake Underhill Cleanup

4335 Lake Underhill Rd

Join us for a cleanup at Lake Underhill. The park at Lake Underhill is a very popular location for walkers and joggers so parking can be hard to find. There is a dentist office across the street at 4396 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL, and during a previous cleanup the staff authorized us to park there. This park has a public restroom.

You do not have to own your own vessel to join us, there is plenty of green space around the lake to walk with a trash grabber and bucket. We will have six kayaks to share on a first to arrive, first to launch basis.

Please join us and bring water to keep hydrated, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a friend. See you at the lake. 🚤

CFL RECON + Springs to Sea Old Florida Eco Tours- Indian River Cleanup

Please join Central Florida RECON as we team up with Springs to Sea Old Florida Eco Tours and help clean the Indian River! We will be meeting at Sand Point Park in Titusville.

If conditions are calm, we will launch our kayaks at the ramp near the Valicenti Pavilion and Titusville Sailing Club. If we launch, we will have at least 6 fully equipped kayaks available to use for the event. If we do not launch, this event will be a fully shoreline cleanup and we have equipment ready for that. As the date nears, please check this page for weather updates.

If you have paddle-craft, please feel free to bring it with you!

Bathroom facilities are available at this location. Please bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water to keep hydrated.

Orange County 🍊 Fix It! Don't Pitch It! 🔧🔩

3800 S Econlockhatchee Trail

Join members of Central Florida Recon at Fix It! Don't Pitch It!

Please register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fix-it-dont-pitch-it-tickets-503697943107

Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is hosting Fix It! Don’t Pitch It! A FREE community workshop 🔧

Volunteer Fixers will offer minor repairs of gently used everyday household items such as electronics, bicycles, jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, clothing and more.

The intent of this workshop is to encourage residents to extend the life of their belongings by having them fixed instead of tossing them in the trash when they get bumped and bruised. The paradigm shift will be a success when we consume fewer resources, respect our belongings and reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill.

You will be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive? Why? Because the volunteer fixers are just that – volunteers, they are not paid professionals. They are very clever and will do their best to fix your items, however; some items may be beyond repair. Hence the waiver.

Residents who attend the event need to bring parts that may be unique to your item and required for fixing such as a tube for bike tires, patches for clothing and replacement batteries for watches. Remember to bring all charging cords and bring electronics fully charged.

We are in need of a bike fixer and a jewelry fixer. Please send me an email if you are interested and able to volunteer 🙂

*Limit of three items per person
**We will stop accepting walk-ins at 1:45 pm

Past events (127)

🦆 Lake Ivanhoe Cleanup 🦦

1236 N Orange Ave

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