On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, Montverde Academy community service students travelled to nearby Oakland, Florida, to volunteer with at the Oakland Nature Preserve. 33 MVA students volunteered to assist with habitat restoration, trail maintenance, and invasive species removal at the preserve. The ONP’s mission is to “… promote understanding of the fragile balances between mankind and the environment by EDUCATING present and future generations about natural ecosystems of Lake Apopka Basin and by RESTORING and CONSERVING the lands within the Preserve…The Oakland Nature Preserve seeks to inspire children and adults to become good stewards  of the natural environment. The Preserve provides you with a place to explore and come to understand the history and ecology of Central Florida. Participating students worked from 9:00a.m. until 1:00p.m. at the scenic 128 acre preserve and its boardwalk positioned around “natural wetlands to a covered pavilion on Lake Apopka.”  MVA Community Service students participating in the weekend support outing were driven to the preserve by Mr. Don Taylor, Assistant Director of Technology, was the driver from the MVA administration weekend team.