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Florida State Parks Foundation preserves, protects, sustains and grows Florida State Parks.


Florida State Parks are a global treasure. The Florida State Parks Foundation champions a world class system of Florida State Parks for the well-being of all.

Florida State Parks Foundation

The Florida State Parks Foundation supports the entire Florida State Park system through programs that:

  • Preserve and protect state parks

  • Educate visitors about the value of state parks

  • Encourage community engagement and active use of state parks

  • Provide financial support to supplement state funding


In coordination with and support of the Florida Park Service, the Florida State Parks Foundation provides education, communication and support services to local citizen support organizations (CSO) to ensure the sustainability, protection, restoration and interpretation of the system of Florida State Parks.

The relationship between the Florida Park Service and the Florida State Parks Foundation is an enduring, collaborative, and complementary partnership with the shared vision to preserve, protect, and sustain the Florida State Parks; therefore, providing value added benefits to the State of Florida in its entirety.

For 30 Years

The Florida State Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization of dedicated members and volunteers who help preserve the natural beauty and resources of the Real Florida for generations to come. It was founded in 1993 as the Friends of Florida State Parks and in 2018 the name was changed.

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A History of the Florida State Parks Foundation

In 1993 a group of passionate volunteers met at Wekiwa Springs State Park to launch the Friends of Florida State Parks, a statewide, nonprofit group. Its mission was to support the work of the Florida Park Service and to preserve and protect its award-winning state parks.


Since then the Friends of Florida State Parks has grown exponentially, expanding its mission, its membership and its support for Florida’s state parks, the local Friends group and the army of 20,000 dedicated people who volunteer in them.

Thanks to a major bequest in 2015, the Friends of Florida State Parks has been able to expand its operations even more. It changed its name to the Florida State Parks Foundation, it has an office in Tallahassee and full-time staff and, it is able to do so much more.

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A history of the FL State Park Foundation

A History of the Florida State Parks Foundation

This book is an attempt to chronicle the history of the Foundation and what it has achieved over the last 25 years. It documents how and why various decisions were made and documents the many people who have played a prominent role in the Foundation’s development and growth.

The book is also aimed at creating a permanent electronic archive of the Foundation as most of the early paper records were fading and in danger of being lost forever. This archive will become a living part of the Foundation’s history and as such, will be updated and reissued on a regular basis. This book is free and available to download below.


Tax Identification Number: 59-3207818

DATE OF INCORPORATION: July 15, 1993 (as the Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc.)

Florida State Parks Foundation, Inc. is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

All unrestricted charitable gifts are used strategically to support top park priorities. If you have a more specific purpose in mind, please contact us to ensure that we can meet your wishes. Whether you choose to restrict a gift or not, your support will help preserve our natural and cultural environment for future generations to enjoy.