Bald Point State Park

Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida's Gulf Coast are found within the park which supports 4,065 upland acres. Located on… Learn more

What Does Supporting Florida's State Parks Look Like?

Resource Manager of the Year

Scott Spaulding

Land management is the most important aspect of the Florida Park Service’s mission. Yet protecting and preserving the land and restoring habitats to their original nature requires patience and dedication. A habitat restoration project that starts this year may take one or two generations to complete. What starts out looking like a scene of devastation after trees have been chopped down and ground vegetation cleared, slowly – very slowly – is coaxed back to its original habitat and as it does so, the flora and fauna associated with that habitat also return.

This work usually goes unnoticed by the public, but it is recognized at state level. Earlier this month, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet honored Scott Spaulding, manager of the Florida Scott Spaulding, manager of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park, with the Jim Stevenson Resource Manager of ... Read more

Preserving the Real Florida for Future Generations

 We are all proud of the fact that Florida is the only three-time winner of the Gold Medal honoring the nation's best state park system. The Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 175 state parks, trails and historic sites spanning nearly 800,000 acres and 100 miles of beaches. From swimming and diving in Florida's rivers and springs to birding and fishing... Read more


Major Endowment Empowers Florida State Parks Foundation

Florida State Parks Foundation has a new name and a new source of financial support that will provide transformational opportunities for Florida's award-winning state parks. Founded in 1993 and formerly known as Friends of Florida State Parks, the Foundation is celebrating 25 years of service. "It is amazing that as we celebrate our 25th anniversary with a new name, we also receive a bequest of over $18 million to provide support services to our state parks," according to Paula Russo, President of...  (Read more)

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