Partnering with Businesses to Improve Parks
Thousands of organizations, businesses and corporations partner with Florida State Parks on projects and programs.
These partnerships are key to providing outstanding visitor experiences; preserving history, natural lands and native wildlife; and extending the benefits of parks to nearby communities. Companies throughout Florida plan volunteer opportunities for employees or families, or as team-building experiences.
In Sebring, Highlands Hammock State Park partnered with Duke Energy for a “Park Power Day.” More than 50 Duke Energy employees and alumni joined park staff to aid with cleanup and improvement projects, including the installation of 13 kiosks providing information about the park's natural and cultural resources, recreational offerings and visitor safety. Additionally, volunteers assisted with removal of non-native sand pines as phase one of a native scrub habitat restoration project. The native habitat will help protect the endangered Florida scrub-jay, an endangered bird that inhabits the park.
“Helping protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment is vitally important to our customers, communities and company,” said Jerry Miller, Duke Energy government and community relations manager. “Our local employees volunteer thousands of hours every year and especially enjoy projects like this one.”
At Wekiwa Springs State Park, rangers were helped by Deloitte Consulting volunteers. More than 200 Deloitte employees spent the day removing overgrown vegetation from parking and camping areas to improve safety and visibility. When the day was over, the volunteers donated more than $2,500 worth of equipment for future volunteers to use.
Other national companies, such as Comcast, Motorola, Progressive Insurance, Lowe’s and Norwegian Cruise Lines, and many local and regional businesses are valued partners at DEP’s Florida State Parks.
We invite your business or employees to partner with Florida State Parks. With 175 state parks, there are many convenient opportunities throughout Florida. To learn more, contact us at 850-245-2157 or FSP.Feedback@FloridaDEP.gov.