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About Us

In 1987, fans of De Leon Springs State Recreation Area joined to form a Citizens’ Support Organization known as Friends of De Leon Springs State Park, Inc. The Friends of De Leon Springs State Park operates under a written agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Our role is to encourage historical, educational and ecological enhancement within the park.


The Friends’ role is to support the park and to provide supplemental funding for purchasing equipment, making improvements to buildings, developing exhibits, and providing enhancements that improve the visitors’ experience (see list below). We work with other organizations, such as the De Leon Springs Garden Club, to build a shelter for large artifacts and to maintain the Butterfly Garden. Assistance was also provided to the Florida Trails Association to develop the Wild Persimmon Trail, a four mile hiking trail.


Our showcase project is the park’s Visitor Center. It features displays of artifacts found in and around the spring, as well as exhibits and DVD presentations interpreting the park’s 6,000 year history and its natural resources. In 2007, the Visitor Center renovation project was awarded the statewide CSO Project of the Year.


We sponsor several special events at the park, including the Kids’ Cane Pole Fishing Tournament, and the Day in Florida History, the Haunted Trails at Halloween, and the Spring Festival.

Your Donation Dollars at Work

Visitor Center and Conference Room

Murals and Exhibits

Restoration of Fireplace

A/C in Conference Room

Tables and Chairs

Kitchen Equipment and Appliances


Park Enhancements

Roof over Pavilion

Hand Dryers in Restrooms

Ceiling Fans in Pavilion

Sugar Mill Interpretive Kiosk

Snake ID Kiosk

Interpretive Signs and Panels

Billboard Mural

Benches

Landscaping

Roof over Sugar Mill Machinery

Butterfly Garden

Magnolia Trees

Playground Equipment

Swimming Area Floats

Cigarette Urns


Park Equipment

Electric Cart

Self-Propelled Mower

Laptop Computer

LED Projector

Utility Trailer

Office Furniture

Computer Monitor



Sponsored Park Events

A Day in Florida History----over 20 years!

Quarterly Meetings with Demonstrations and Music

Giant Yard Sale

Spring Festival (Classic cars, music)

Kids’ Cane Pole Fishing Tournament

Haunted Trails (Halloween)


The Friends of De Leon Springs State Park , Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.



Kids’ Cane Pole Fishing Tournament

Volunteers help maintain the swimming area by pressure washing the wheelchair ramp and stairs.

Friends of De Leon Springs State Park, Inc.

601 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

De Leon Springs, FL 32130

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