The Friends of Silver Springs are people and businesses that care about the quality of community life in the Ocala/Marion County area. We are people with diverse interests, but with a common thread - we care about the natural resource we have available in Silver Springs State Park.
The Friends of Silver River, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2005. Our name changed to The Friends of Silver Springs State Park in 2013. We are an active group and encourage all members to be as involved as they want to be. Please join us.
Meetings are typically held each month on the 2nd Thursday at 6 PM. The meeting location is at the main entrance of the park. The meetings typically last 90 minutes.
The friends are bike riders, boaters, equestrians, campers, dog walkers, photographers, hikers, birders, nature enthusiasts, parents and grandparents, schoolchildren, volunteers and business owners. What brings us together is the beauty, recreational value and the expansive ecological variety of Silver Springs State Park.
WHAT IS A CSO?
The acronym "CSO" stands for Citizen Support Organization. CSO's are the non-profit volunteer organizations dedicated to preserving and enhancing the 175 award-winning state parks in Florida. There are currently more than 80 Friends groups supporting Florida state parks. They support the parks by providing volunteers, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects.