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 32,750 to the florida park service through the h. O. S. P. Help our state parks program to defray the cost for the rcnc training coordinator for calendar year 2017 paid 578 for costs to establish a native plant garden paid 2,716 for park volunteer appreciation day paid 2,280 for the dunedin middle school life program purchased a club car for 7,608 park staff recognition costs of 531 and paid for other projects for 615.
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 2016. Paid 349 for maintenance on the rcnc 586 for web access at rcnc.