CSO Resources

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Citizen Support Organizations (CSOs) are some of the Division’s most treasured resources helping to support Florida’s state parks, provide visitor services, and protect the amazing natural and cultural resources unique to our exceptional state through volunteerism. For more than 25 years, the FPS has enjoyed a special partnership with an ever-growing family of 86 CSOs. These volunteer involvements, also known as Friends groups, consist of local community members, business people, retirees, and families.

Through years of collective efforts, CSOs have contributed hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and raised tens of millions of dollars to ensure the state park system’s incredible natural and cultural resources are preserved and cherished. As a result, visitors to state parks can be assured of high quality, resource-based recreational opportunities for generations to come.

The links below are meant to serve as resources to those interested or involved in CSOs:

CSO Handbook

List of Appendices