In December 2012 a group of OSU students traveled to Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves to work side-by-side with environmental scientists at Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Dunedin, FL. This partnership with DEP enabled the Florida facilities to re-open to the public after being reduced in 2010 due to a lack of financial resources. The experience provided service learning involvement which incorporated GIS/GPS Interpreter trails, mapping restoration sites and exotic plant removal (Brazilian Peppers). MANRRS students also enhanced their professional development skills through networking with the DEP Secretary, Deputy Secretary, departmental employees, and other community advocates. Students gained important professional development skills as a part of this experience while providing service to the community.