Mission: Friends of the island parks, inc. Friends is a florida citizen support organization cso. Florida park service csos are organizations that provide volunteer, in-kind, and financial support to specific state parks. Friends provide support exclusively for honeymoon and caladesi islands state parks for both daily operations and long-term projects.
Programs: The friends of the island parks inc main focus is the support of caladesi island state park and honeymoon island state park through grants, general park promotion, sponsoring specific activities island earth days, rotary centennial nature center rcnc, etc, promoting park usage, nature preservation within the park, etc. Friends contributed 22,785 to the florida park service through the h. O. S. P. Help our state parks program to defray funding for the rcnc training coordinator position for calendar year 2014 paid 1,318 for audubon supported activities paid 694 for benches in native plant garden paid 784 for park copy machine paid 3,331 for honeymoon island club car paid 5,499 for 7x12 low profile tandem axle dump trailer and paid for other projects for 3,988.
island earth days. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the ecology of the islands, methods to protect the enviroment, enjoy nature and the honeymoon island park, and have a taste of floridas original coast, to see many types of wildlife that depend on these ecosystems and to learn about these islands that need to be protected.
the rotary centennial nature center rcnc at honeymoon island state park offers a variety of public ecology exhibits and educational nature tours. The nature center will educate visitors about honeymoon and caladesi islands and the gulf barrier islands environment and ecology. The rcnc is acts as a vistor and information center for the park. It includes a gift shop. Friends members volunteered over 8,000 hours at the rcnc during 2014. Paid 3,692 for maintenance on the rcnc 907 for web access at rcnc and other costs of 912.