Friends of Paynes Prairie

Celebrating Donald V. Forgione

  • 02 October 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hickory Ranch - Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


Donald Forgione is retiring from the Florida Park Service, and we are gathering to celebrate him and his stellar career!

Donald has been “Ranger First” for 38 years, preserving, interpreting, and restoring our state’s natural resources. His reach with this mission has been far and wide, even beyond Florida, accomplishing so much and touching so many people. You don’t want to miss this evening of honoring Donald!

Who:  Friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances!

What:  Retirement Party for Donald Forgione!

When:  Saturday, October 2, 2021, 4:00 pm

Where:  Hickory Ranch at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

                 9300 County Road 234, Micanopy, FL 32667

Why:  Celebrate Donald’s stellar career!

How:  Food, drink, music, stories, tributes, laughter & maybe some tears...

The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child (age 12-18) and includes dinner, dessert, libations, entertainment, and priceless memories!

The registration form includes a place to share a "Donald Memory", write a "Donald Retirement Message" and upload pictures of Donald during his career you want to share.  (If you're not prepared with this info, that's ok, get registered and email it later to

Bring a lawn chair for sitting around the bonfire. It's going to be an epic celebration!

Local Hotels and Camping Options

  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Puc Puggy Campground - Regular rates apply. To reserve a site contact the Ranger Station directly at 352-466-3397  by September 24th. Please let the ranger know you are attending Donald’s Retirement Party.
  • Limited Dry Camping is available at Hickory Ranch. Request this on the registration form.

NOTE: This celebration event is being held in a large open-air sheltered pole barn. There is plenty of room for social distancing, which is encouraged. 





Thank you for supporting Paynes Prairie.
Goal: $2,000.00
Collected: $1,200.00

Contact Us

Visitors Center - 352-466-4100
Ranger Station - 352-466-3397

Friends of Paynes Prairie
100 Savannah Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667

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