Volunteer Appreciation

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Thank you Volunteers!

You are an integral part of our team and the work that we do.  We really appreciate the time and talents you contribute!  Our parks have more than 80 Friends groups and more than 14,400 volunteers who contribute more than 1.2 millions hours of service annually to the Florida Park Service.

We are proud to honor individuals and groups during the statewide 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Awards, sponsored by the Friends of Florida State Parks.  These awards recognize extraordinary service over the last year.  Congratulations to each of the winners and THANK YOU for giving your time and talent to Florida State Parks!

Click here to read more about this years winners.

Categories

  • Director's Award
  • Corporate Award
  • Citizen Support Organizations Awards
  • Individual Awards
  • Teams and Events Awards
  • 20+ Years of Service Awards

Director's Award

Jim Ellis face

Jim Ellis

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Since 2013, Jim Ellis has served as President of the Friends of Birch State Park where he has played an intricate role in revitalizing Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Corporate Award

Motorola

Motorola Solutions

Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

On May 16, 2017 Motorola Solutions conducted its annual work day at the park. Over 66 employees and Corporate Officers came to the park to do a beach cleanup and plant 15 trees.

 

Citizen Support Organizations Awards

Friends of Ft. Clinch State Park

Friends of Fort Clinch State Park

Fort Clinch State Park

Through fundraising efforts, The Friends of Fort Clinch State Park (FOFC) purchased a Civilian Conservation Corps Bronze worker statue for display outside of the park museum.

Members of the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park pose for a photo

Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Although the CSO at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is small, they have taken on enormous projects in a short amount of time that have lasting benefits at the park.

 

Individual Awards

 

Nancy Olson Face

Nancy Olson

Bahia Honda State Park

Bill Lewis face

Bill Lewis

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

Jean Fletcher face

Jean Fletcher

Hontoon Island State Park

Susan Kolterman face

Susan Kolterman

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Robert Deyle face

Robert Deyle

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Karen Cloud face

Karen Cloud

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Sam Carr face

Sam Carr

Dunns Creek State Park

Matthew Thayer face

Matthew Thayer

Colt Creek State Park

Youth volunteer Makenzie

Makenzie Shaw

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

 

Team and Event Awards

Darwin and Joanna Matthews faces

Darwin and JoAnne Matthews

Anastasia State Park

Bob and Marteen Dillon faces

Bob and Marteen Dillon

Bahia Honda State Park

Philip and Ann Anderson faces

Philip and Ann Anderson

Myakka River State Park

Freddie Morgan, Deb Morgan, Chris Graves and Mike Crane faces

Freddie Morgan, Deb Morgan, Chris Graves and Mike Crane

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Gamble Rogers Beach Cleanup

Beach Cleanup Team

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Bulkhead Reinforcement team

Bulkhead Reinforcement Team

Hontoon Island State Park

Moon Over Maclay

Moon Over Maclay

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Celebrate Cayo Costa

Celebrate Cayo Costa

Cayo Costa State Park

Tom Adler, Earl Cross, Barry Blitvich, Shaun Suydam, Mike Anderson and Steve Lemonds

Tom Adler, Earl Cross, Barry Blitvich, Shaun Suydam, Mike Anderson and Steve Lemonds

Myakka River State Park

CCC Festival Highlands Hammock

CCC Festival

Highlands Hammock State Park

Get To Know Colt Creek

Get to Know Colt Creek

Colt Creek State Park

Earth Day

Earth Day Celebration

Dunns Creek State Park

 

Friends of Fort Clinch State Park posing with CCC statue

Historical Long Term Project - CCC Statue #71

Fort Clinch State Park

Homosassa Springs short term project group

Natural Resources Short Term Project

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Park

Team and Event Nature based recreation award

Nature-based Recreation Short Term Project

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

 

Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park logo

Earth Day Bio Blitz

Oscar Scherer State Park

 

 

20+ Years of Service Awards

Lynn Cherry's Face

Lynn Cherry

Camp Helen State Park

21 years

Arthur Nersasian's Face

Arthur Nersadian

Fort Cooper State Park

30 years

Agnes Eslava's Face

Agnes Eslava 

Rainbow Springs State Park

24 years

Amilcar Eslava face

Amilcar Eslava

Rainbow Springs State Park

26 years

Shirley Kuntz face

Shirley Kuntz 

Rainbow Springs State Park

21 years

FPS Logo

Mary Lou Amirault

Rainbow Springs State Park

20 years

Linda Brown face

Linda Brown

Rainbow Springs State Park

22 years

FPS Logo

Bob Sprenzel 

Rainbow Springs State Park

24 years

Cathy Moore face

Cathy Moore 

Little Manatee River State Park

32 years

Myra Coggeshall face

Myra Coggeshall 

Highlands Hammock State Park

20 years

Bob Sendry face

Bob Sendry 

Oscar Scherer State Park

21 years

Janet Heaton face

Janet Heaton 

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

25 years

Carol Herzog face

Carol Herzog 

Savannas Preserve State Park

23 years

 

Henry Maursey face

Henry Maursey 

Savannas Preserve State Park

20 years