Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.


              Heart of the Prairie- fundraising appeal

Friends announces the beginning of a fundraising drive to raise $100,000 that we have matched for the

cost of the Visitor Center renovation project.Heart of the Prairie   The board of directors has pledged or

donated  $4500, early donors have provided an additional $9,000 and Visit Gainesville has awarded a

grant of $25,000 for this purpose- a total of $38,500- so we have $61,500 to go. 

We will be contacting members, local business, foundations and the community.

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


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

26 September 2015 9:00 AM • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
03 October 2015 • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
21 November 2015 8:00 AM • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Friends of Paynes Prairie is on Facebook!

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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




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