Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.



                Renovation construction begins.  Visitor Center to Close.

Contractors will begin reconstruction at the visitor center in early August and the facility will be closed to

all access from 3 August 2015 until further notice. Remainder of the Park, trails, campsite etc. remains open.

We are arranging temporary accommodation for the Visitor center, bookstore and visitor assistance services

and we will advise here when that facility is available.


                                                    Photo Contest 2015

This year photo contest details can be seen at Photo Contest


              Heart of the Prairie- fundraising appeal

                                                                HALFWAY THERE!

Friends is raising $100,000 that we have matched for thecost of the Visitor Center renovation project.

Heart of the Prairie   See details of the project at Visitor Center Renovation 2014-2015


With generous donations from members, the board and local businesses,

Friends has received donations and pledges totaling over $56,000, more than half of the $100,000 goal. 

Additional outreach through social media, to the Gainesville business community and local foundations are

underway to secure the remainder. 


Donors will be recognized at several levels with a plaque to be placed prominently in the renovated Visitors center.

Donate now at  Donate to Friends



Upcoming events

07 November 2015 9:00 AM • TBA
07 November 2015 10:00 AM • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
21 November 2015 8:00 AM • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
05 December 2015 9:00 AM • TBA
02 January 2016 9:00 AM • TBA
06 February 2016 • 9300 SE CR 234, Micanopy, FL 32667
06 February 2016 9:00 AM • TBA
05 March 2016 9:00 AM • TBA

Friends of Paynes Prairie is on Facebook!

Help us reach 3,000 Likes



Volunteers Neil and Joan MacLeod lead the popular Family Birding Series every year at Paynes Prairie.  Check out this video interview with Neil, and keep an eye out for new sessions this November through March.

Family Birding Series Interview



 Do you have expertise in a topic relevant to Paynes Prairie that you'd like to present or provide a guided walk?  Please let us know by emailing


2015 Photo Contest

Now through September


Join the Volunteer Team!

Seeking Summer Campground Host Volunteer

and Visitor Center volunteers.

See details on Volunteer Opportunities page




Thanks to our sponsors      


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