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Oscar Scherer State Park

 About Oscar Scherer State Park

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Tony Clements

Welcome to Oscar Scherer State Park, we look forward to your visit with us. If you’re looking for an adventure or just a place to recharge your batteries we’ve got it all.

Come out and hike one of our 15 miles of trails, take a leisurely paddle down South Creek or cool off with a swim in Lake Osprey. Check out the program schedule on our CSO's new website, There's always something to do at Oscar Scherer State Park.

Why not stop in and witness natural processes in the Real Florida. The mosaic of colors, the diversity of plants and animal species, these are what makes nature (and the park) so spectacular, and it's due to the use of prescribed fire; a necessary tool for land managers. You can see the many changes in the landscape after the burn season. Ask at the Ranger Station about resource management activities that are in progress.

Our Citizen Support Organization has put together a wonderful annual overview of life in the park. Please select the following link to see A Year in the Life of a Park.

If you enjoy hard work with satisfying results, volunteer for a day, a week, or more, you can participate in natural resource management, construction, programs, and special events at Oscar Scherer State Park. Give us a call if you are interested. We look forward to seeing you soon. Venice Community Link




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Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S.41, six miles south of Sarasota. Heading south on I-75 take exit 200. Heading north on I-75 take exit 195.


  • Volunteer - Volunteers play an essential role at Oscar Scherer State Park. With a wide range of backgrounds, volunteers perform duties such as staffing the Nature Center, helping out at the Ranger Station, working to maintain trails or splitting wood. There is never a shortage of work to be done and rangers are always open to new ideas of how volunteers may contribute to the park. Whatever your background, interests, skills, or experience, there probably is a place for you as a volunteer at Oscar Scherer State Park. You will receive training, uniforms and worker's compensation insurance coverage while on the job. The park works with day volunteers, consisting of local seasonal or year-round residents and campground volunteers, who reside in Oscar Scherer State Park for one to three months.
  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Oscar Scherer Park,Inc.
  • 1843 S. Tamiami Trail
    Osprey, FL 34229