Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc
The Friends of Paynes Prairie Inc. is a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) for Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.
Together We Make a Difference!
We support the mission, programs and goals of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park through fundraising, outreach, education, and volunteerism. We carry out a range of support activities from the payment of dues and contributions to the presentation of major special events. We work with Park staff to promote Paynes Prairie by means of community activities, resource management, education, and visitor services.
We support the mission of the park by:
In FY 2012-13, 84 Citizens Support Organizations (CSO's) statewide provided over 27,000 volunteers who contributed 1.3 million hours of service to Florida State Parks. Those volunteers are the equivalent of 644 Full Time Employees and are 61% of the park service's workers. Those volunteers assist with visitors services,maintenance, protection, resource management, and administration.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park's role in the local economy
History of the the Friends of Paynes Prairie
The Friends of Paynes Prairie was organized in 1985 as a result of a
conversation between Carl Lipsius and Park Manager Jack Gillen. Lipsius
and Gillen, in the company of Frank Saier, Ed Johnson, William Mauzy,
Mark Barrow, and David Flagg, recognized a need to help the Preserve to
procure support and equipment not available through normal State
channels. The organization was incorporated under Florida Not-For-Profit
Corporation statutes early in 1986, and in 2004 became a 501(c)(3)