Friends of Paynes Prairie


Upcoming Events

    • 25 July 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Paynes Prairie Visitor Center

    This juggling workshop is designed to teach you the proper techniques of juggling, develop a new sense of confidence, and channel your inner clown to better juggle multiple tasks in your life. All skill levels are welcome and all juggling equipment required will be provided. In this class you'll learn about the various health benefits to juggling, participate in a relaxing activity, and share a valuable learning experience with others. Initial laughter will transform into a collective sense of success, so bring a friend to share a transformative experience in a beautiful natural setting.

    About the instructor: Joe Hartman is one of our most valued volunteers at the park and currently serves at our visitor center. Previously, as an elementary school counselor he had an after school juggling program which included over 300 jugglers. He had a large performing group and several students who competed on local, regional, and national levels.

    Never juggled before? No problem, since this is an excellent class for beginners. Come on out to enjoy an exciting learning experience in one of the area's best state parks!

    • 30 September 2019
    • Online, Winners announced at annual meeting

    Contest open to: 

    Members of Friends of Paynes Prairie. Student, Senior, Individual, Family, Group or Club, Corporate, Life-Individual, or Life-Family membership required to participate. Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

    Contest Rules:

    Youth Entries (17 and under) Categories: 

    • Best Landscape 
    • Best Mammals
    • Best Birds 
    • Best Reptiles and Amphibian 
    • Best Plants
    Adult Entries (18+) Categories: 
    • Best Landscape 
    • Best Mammals
    • Best Birds 
    • Best Reptiles and Amphibian 
    • Best Plants

    How to enter: 

    • Please email your entry to: 
    • Include your name, 
    • Age, 
    • Email address,
    •  Category, 
    • Date picture was taken, 
    • Approximate time of day picture was taken, 
    • Location in Paynes Prairie where photo was taken. 
    • Only one entry will be accepted. If multiple entries are submitted, only the first entry will be judged. Photographs must be in a .jpg, .jpeg or .gif format. Files submitted may not be larger than 5Mb. By entering the contest, entrants grant the Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. the right to diplay photographs.

    Entry Deadline:

    All entries must be received through the web site by 6:00 pm eastern time on September 30, 2019.


    Judging of contest will be conducted by the Board of Directors of Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. or those individual(s) authorized by the board. Winners will be notified by email provided with entry. Four category winners will be selected for Youth Entries and four category winners will be selected for Adult Entries. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. The Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of the Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. are final.


    Each category winner will receive a t-shirt from the gift shop at Paynes Prairie.





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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