By Jodi Mailander Farrell

From coral restoration to building homes with Habitat for Humanity, visitors who want to do something good on their vacation can add an enriching element to their next Florida Keys trip and get involved through volunteer opportunities at

The site provides direct links to Florida Keys charities, nonprofit organizations and foundations, all dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of human and animal life in the island chain. There’s also a calendar of events so you can find volunteer opportunities by date.

Travelers can give back to the Keys and its unique ecosystems with such activities as helping build an underwater coral nursery or planting corals on actual reefs, collecting reef fish population data, assisting with yard work or minor repairs at an outdoor tropical garden facility, feeding injured wild birds or mending their cages, cleaning or maintaining nature paths or trails, or even helping with fundraising events.

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