The friends support the park and provide supplemental funding for purchasing equipment, making improvements to buildings, developing exhibits and providing enhancements that improve the visitor experience. We work with other organizations such as the De Leon Springs Garden Club to build a shelter for large artifacts and to maintain the butterfly garden. Assistance was also provided to the Florida Trails Association to develop the Wild Persimmon Trail, a 4-mile hiking trail.
Our showcase project is the park visitor center. It features displays of artifacts found in and around the spring, as well as exhibits and DVD presentations interpreting the park’s 6,000-year history and its natural resources.
We sponsor several special events at the park, including the Kids Cane Pole Fishing Tournament, and the Day in Florida History, the Haunted Trails at Halloween and the Spring Festival.