Little Manatee River - Opportunities to Get Involved

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Citizen Support Organization 

Join our citizen support organization, the Friends of Little Manatee River State Park.  Members of the CSO support the park through fundraising activities, trail maintenance workdays, and organizing equestrian and family events.  Become a member with a small annual membership fee, and attend meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.  Visit "The Friends" website to learn more:

Florida Conservation Corps Project A.N.T.

The mission of the Florida Conservation Corps is to develop natural and cultural resource leaders by connecting them to areas of critical need in conservation, preservation, interpretation and resource based recreation.  Two Project A.N.T. "Americorps Non-native plant Terminators" members will be selected to work in the park for an eleven month period, February through December.  Members will gain knowledge and experience in invasive plant removal and natural resource management.  Visit the Florida Conservation Corps page for more information and to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved through volunteering!  Volunteers provide support in trail maintenance, visitor services, invasive plant removal, grounds maintenance, interpretation and program development, native plant gardening, administration, maintenance and many other aspects of park operations.  Volunteer applications can be dropped off at the Ranger Station during regular office hours.  Contact the Ranger Station for more information.

Seasonal Resident Volunteers

Seasonal volunteer positions include:  Campground Hosts, Day Use Hosts, Maintenance, Ranger Station support, Resource Management and others.  Seasonal volunteers contribute a minimum number of hours, in exchange for a campsite with water and electricity, for a maximum of 4 months.  For information on applying to volunteer in any Florida State Park, visit

Volunteer Workdays

Check our calendar of events for upcoming volunteer workdays.  Workdays may include River clean-ups, Exotic Plants Workdays and Trail Maintenance Workdays.

Volunteer Groups

If your group or organization would like to volunteer for a day of service, contact the Ranger Station at (813) 671-5005 to leave a message for the volunteer coordinator.  Group Volunteer Applications are accepted at the Ranger Station during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eagle Scouts

If you are an Eagle Scout who would like to complete an Eagle Scout project in the park, contact the Ranger Station and leave a message for the Volunteer Coordinator.  All project proposals must be reviewed and approved by the Park Manager.




There are 175 state parks consisting of more than 791,000 acres, hosting more than 31 million visitors a year. Florida State Parks could not succeed without the help of volunteers. In 2015, volunteers contributed more than 1.2 million hours. Find out how you can volunteer at a state park. 

Friends of Florida State Parks

Friends of Florida State Parks is a statewide citizen support organization whose dedicated members and volunteers help support the entire Florida State Park system by preserving, protecting and ensuring accessibility to state parks, educating visitors about the value of state parks, encouraging community engagement and active use of state parks, and providing financial support to supplement state funding. For more information, visit the Friends of Florida State Parks.

Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation

The Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation is Florida's chief advocacy organization for non-motorized trails. The Foundation supports greater use of trails for recreation, for fitness and health, for reducing carbon emissions, for attracting leisure travelers, for building community, for beautification, and for a larger role in evolving multi-modal transportation policy. 

Friends Groups

Friends groups, also referred to as Citizen Support Organizations (CSO), provide support to individual parks by volunteering, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects. There are currently 86 friends groups supporting state parks throughout Florida.

Florida Conservation Corps

The Florida Conservation Corps works to develop natural and cultural resource leaders by connecting them to areas of critical need in conservation, preservation, interpretation and resource-based recreation. The program encompasses Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators) and Park Cadets.

Life Program

Are you interested in working with middle school students as they explore the natural world? The Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program brings students out of their classrooms to learn science in Florida State Parks. The LIFE program offers a variety of volunteer duties and spans throughout Florida to include 22 state parks and many other public access lands along the way.