Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Active Advantage Program
How much does Active Advantage cost?
An annual membership is $89.95, but through Florida State Park’s partnership with ReserveAmerica, visitors are offered a 30-day free trial of the program. Unless the membership is canceled prior to the end of the 30-day free trial period, Active.com will automatically extend the membership benefits for a full year from the end of the trial period for $89.95.
How can I cancel my Active Advantage membership?
An Active Advantage membership can be canceled in one of three ways:
- Email the Customer Support team at ACTIVEAdvantage@active.com
- Call the Customer Support team at 866-561-0647 (between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT).
- Turn off auto renew by:
- Log into Active.com with your Advantage account email and password.
- Click on “My Account” in the top right hand corner of the site.
- Go to the “Active Advantage” section and click on the “do not renew” link towards the bottom of the page.
What if I don’t want to join Active Advantage?
During the check-out process while making camping reservations, an OPTIONAL free 30 day trial offer will appear. Select “No Thanks” at the bottom of this offer and you will continue with your reservation without joining Active Advantage.
What is the Active Advantage Program?
The Active Advantage Program is an OPTIONAL customer membership program designed to support and encourage active lifestyles by providing exclusive discounts on thousands of races through Active.com, deals available on the Active Advantage website and gear via the online Active GearUp store. One of the ways to join this program is during the check-out process while making camping reservations.
Can I arrange to have my wedding, business meeting or family reunion at a state park in Florida?
Special events are permitted at Florida State Parks. Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.
Can I fish at state parks? Do I need a fishing license?
Fishing locations are abundant in Florida's State Parks. Check the park's webpage for specific information. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website to determine if you need a fishing license.
Can I reserve a picnic shelter for a family, business or church outing?
In general, parks offer picnic shelters on a first-come, first-served basis. However, some picnic shelters may be reserved. Check the park's webpage for specific information.
Can I use my metal detector in Florida State Parks?
The use of metal detectors is allowed in certain designated areas in Florida State Parks. Metal detectors may be used at coastal parks between the waterline and toe of the dune, as determined by the Park Manager, except at archaeological sites within the zone. Metal detectors may also be used during authorized archaeological research projects, and to recover lost personal items, with supervision of a park staff member. Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.
Is hunting allowed in Florida State Parks?
Florida's state parks are managed as natural systems. All plant and animal life is protected in state parks. Limited hunting with a special permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is allowed at Rock Springs Run State Reserve, Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and the Marshall Swamp area of the Cross Florida Greenway. To fully enjoy the experience of visiting a wilderness area it is recommended that you contact the reserves in advance of your visit.
Where can I swim with the manatees?
Resource protection is foremost at all state parks and swimming with manatees is not allowed. However, the endangered Florida manatee can be seen every day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Visitors can go below the water’s surface to view these gentle giants from the underwater observatory in Homosassa's main spring.
Camping and Cabin Questions
Can I bring my pet to stay in a state park cottage, cabin or lodge?
No. Pets are not permitted in state park cabins, cottages or lodges. Pets are permitted in designated campgrounds. Service animals are welcome in all public areas of Florida's State Parks. The Pet Policy shares guidelines for bringing your pets to the park.
Can I make or change reservations using my mobile device?
Yes. Reservations can be made securely using the ReserveAmerica website. This website is now responsive and friendly for users of mobile devices. Website and phone reservations, cancellations and transfers are subject to transaction fees.
Do you have lodging in state parks?
Wakulla Springs State Park is home to a 27-room lodge, and 21 state parks from Pensacola to the Florida Keys include overnight cabin accommodations. Some are "modern" vacation cabins with two bedrooms and some are rustic. Cabin fees range from $30 to $180 per night. Reservations may be made from one day to 11 months in advance online through ReserveAmerica, or by calling toll-free (800) 326-3521 or TDD (888) 433-0287 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.
Does the current reservation system give an advantage to any particular group or individual in making reservations?
No. The reservation system does not give an advantage to any particular group or individual in making reservations. Everyone has the same opportunity to call or go online and make a reservation. Everyone also has access to the bookable inventory at the same time. However online reservation seekers do have a slight advantage over those who use the call center. The call takes longer than making online reservations. Online reservation seekers can use multiple computers at the same time which can increase their success of getting a desired reservation.
Has the price to camp at Florida State Parks changed?
No, camping fees remain the same, ranging from $16 to $42, depending on the park. However, beginning July 1, 2015, the non-refundable reservation fee charged by ReserveAmerica, a fee that has been paid by the Department in the past, will now be paid by visitors at the time they make their reservations online or using the call center. Visitors pay a non-refundable $6.70 fee when they make a reservation online or by using the call center. Visitors will continue to pay fees of $17.75 to cancel and $10 to change a reservation.
A three-day camping trip to a Florida State Parks costs an average of $75. With the addition of the $6.70 reservation fee, the average cost is now $81.70.
How do I make a reservation to camp in a Florida State Park?
Visitors to Florida State Parks can reserve campsites and cabins online at ReserveAmerica or by calling toll-free to (800) 326-3521, 1-866-ICAMPFL or TDD (888) 433-0287. Reservations may be made from one day to 11 months in advance. Visitors will pay a non-refundable $6.70 fee when they make a reservation online or by using the call center. Visitors will also be charged a fee of $17.75 to cancel and $10 to change a reservation.
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
Reservations may be made from one day up to 11 months in advance of your arrival date. Reservations can only be made beyond 11 months when the reservation period starts within the 11 month period and ends outside that period. The result is reservations could extend 11 months and 14 days in the future. In an effort to ensure fairness in reserving campsites and cabins, reservations made with a departure date beyond the 11-month advance reservations window may not be changed until 18 days after the reservation is made.
How much does it cost to camp at a Florida State Park campsite?
Camping fees range from $16 to $42 per night. Visit the park's webpage for specific information. There is also a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee per transaction, which visitors will pay at the time they make their reservation either online or through the call center.
How much does the magazine offer cost?
For each magazine selected, the customer will receive three months of a free subscription to the magazine(s). Unless the subscriptions are canceled within the 3-month period, the customer will be charged the annual subscription rate for 15 months of issues of the magazine(s). The subscription will renew automatically each year unless canceled.
What does ReserveAmerica do to help prevent individuals or groups from using technology to evade reservation policies?
ReserveAmerica uses firewalls and other system technology (including CAPTCHA) to protect their system from malicious use while permitting the intended reservation services to the general public, which includes worldwide users. Florida State Park and ReserveAmerica staff regularly monitor reservations to ensure compliance with reservation policies.
What if I don’t want to participate in the Magazine Offer?
During the check-out process while making camping reservations, an OPTIONAL gift for a free 3-month magazine subscription offer will appear. DO NOT SELECT ANY OF THE MAGAZINES to skip this offer and complete your reservation.
When do sites become available for reservation?
New sites become available for reservation at 8 a.m. EST each morning. Any new sites that become available throughout the day due to a cancellation are randomly released back into inventory following the cancellation.
Why can’t Florida residents get a reservation?
Camping in Florida State Parks is a very popular activity and we have ensured that everyone has the same opportunity to call or go online and make a reservation. We welcome visitors from Florida and from throughout the world to our award winning parks each year. Over the past five years, Florida residents have made up, on average, over 61% of all of our overnight visitors annually.
Why does the Florida Park Service use ReserveAmerica to handle park reservations?
ReserveAmerica is the largest provider of campsite reservations in North America, serving the National Park Service and more than 30 states’ park systems. This company is the best partner available to handle the robust volume of reservations needed for Florida’s State Parks, which offers 3,628 campsites and 240 cabins across 59 state parks.
Why is ReserveAmerica utilizing the CAPTCHA feature?
CAPTCHA protects websites against bots by generating grading tests that humans can pass, but current computer programs cannot. The use of CAPTCHA provides an additional layer of assurance that a reservation is being made by a human and not by an automated system, thereby providing all customers the same opportunity to make reservations.
Why is the Florida Park Service/Department of Environmental Protection transferring this fee to park visitors?
ReserveAmerica has always charged a non-refundable reservation fee per each online and call center transaction. In the past, this fee has been paid by the department. The fee will now be paid by users of the reservation system. Transferring the fee to the user is expected to result in a savings of $7.6 million over five years to Florida State Parks.
Will I have to pay a fee to cancel my reservation?
A $17.75 cancellation fee will be assessed for each reservation being cancelled until the day prior to arrival. Visitors canceling on the day of arrival will be assessed a $17.75 cancellation fee and the first night's use fee. If canceling after the day of arrival, visitors will receive a prorated refund (minus the $17.75 cancellation fee). Fees may be applied up to the total amount paid for the reservation. All cancellation fees plus the $6.70 reservation fee are waived for visitors who make their cancellations within 24 hours of booking the reservation, provided they contact Reserve America to request the fees be waived. Customers should call ReserveAmerica at (800) 326-3521 and request a full refund with all fees waived.
Will my RV fit in your campsites?
RV campsites are available for vehicles ranging in length from 10' to 104'. Most campsites maintain a soft gravel pad and each is equipped with water and electricity. Accessible campsites are available. Most parks have a central dump station. Some parks offer drive-through and waterfront locations. Check the park's webpage for specific information on site-specific amenities and maximum vehicle length.
Florida Folk Festival
Are There Adequate Provisions for Health and Safety?
Total attendance over the three days of the Festival may approach 20,000 persons. There will be adequate public safety personnel to assure good order and crowd control. A First Aid Station will be set up to handle health emergencies. As is the case throughout the country, a telephone call to 9-1-1 will summon an immediate response.
Can I Bring a Cooler?
Coolers are welcome at the Festival. However, please keep in mind that it may not be convenient to bring large coolers into the Festival due to the spacious grounds. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Festival.
Can I Bring My Pet?
Pets are not permitted on the Festival grounds. Service animals are always welcome.
Can I Camp at the Festival?
Public camping is not available at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park during the Folk Festival. We suggest you visit our lodging page for local camping information.
Is a Full Schedule of Performances Available?
Performance schedules will be available on our website in early March. Festival-goers are provided with a copy of the complete schedule at the gate.
Is the Festival Accessible for the Disabled?
Handicapped parking is provided at the Festival. Accessible restrooms, port-a-lets and shuttle transportation (including a chair lift) are available throughout the Festival site. Paved roadways and sidewalks make the Festival accessible by wheelchair or other approved modes of transportation. Golf carts are not permitted. Please keep in mind that the Festival is an outdoor event. Sign language interpreters are also provided at main stages.
Is the Festival Held on Monday?
No. The Florida Folk Festival is a three-day event beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday evening.
Is There an ATM Available at the Festival?
There is an ATM scheduled to be on the Festival grounds. Checks may be cashed for a fee in White Springs. There is also an ATM in town.
Should I Bring a Chair?
Many visitors bring their own chairs to the Festival. A limited number of folding chairs are provided for your use at each stage.
What Time Is the Festival Open?
The Festival gates open each day at 8 a.m. Performers go on stage at 10 a.m. Final performances of the day end about 11 p.m.
When Is Next Year's Festival?
The Festival is always held the Friday, Saturday and Sunday preceding the observed Memorial Day holiday in May.
Where Do I Park?
We recommend you utilize the Festival's north entrance. From the Festival Walk-In Entrance, proceed one mile north on U.S. 41 and turn left at the Florida Folk Festival sign. Golf cart shuttles regularly make stops in the parking area. A limited number of VIP Parking Permits are available for purchase at the gate.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the parks?
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas in all state parks. In some instances when private, fee-based events are scheduled, alcoholic beverages may be allowed.
Are discounts available at Florida State Parks?
- Seniors (65+) and 100% disabled Florida residents (maximum four people per site) receive half (50%) off the base fee for camping.
- Discounts on the Annual Entrance Pass are available for U.S. military veterans and service members, as well as for foster families and adoptive parents.
- Visit the Fees page for more information about fees and discounts.
Are gift cards refundable?
Effective February 1, 2018, Gift Cards are no longer available for purchase. Gift cards themselves are non-refundable.
Are state park facilities accessible for persons using wheelchairs?
Many of Florida's state parks offer accessible amenities and programs. For additional access to trails and beaches, all-terrain wheelchairs are located in parks throughout the state. Accessible boat tours are available at some parks. Sign language interpreters can be provided, with advance notice. Many parks with video programs offer an open-captioned version, as well as transcribed copies of audio programs. If you need information about specific amenities and programs, please contact that park directly. If you need accommodations for your park visit, please fill out an Accommodation Request form.
Do parks ever close when they are full?
All parks will close when they reach capacity. Each park has a set carrying capacity which is established based on the estimated number of users a recreation resource can accommodate while maintaining the quality of the recreational experience and avoiding unacceptable resource degradation. Should a park close once they reach capacity, no further vehicles, bicycles or walk-in visitors will be allowed to enter until space becomes available – with exception to registered campers. If you are renting a pavilion, hosting an event or have been invited to an event, please plan accordingly. If you leave the park, you will not be allowed to re-enter until space is available.
Please be advised that many of our parks offer entry access located off busy highways, however we ask our visitors not to block access for emergency vehicles and not to park on the road shoulders. At many parks, for safety reasons, visitors may not be allowed to wait in line in the park when the park has closed.
How much are the entrance fees?
The entrance fee for most state parks ranges from $4 to $10 per vehicle, up to eight people. Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers are $2 per person. There may be additional fees for camping, tours and museum entrances. Check the park's webpage for specific information, or visit the Fees page for the official fee schedule.
*Prices subject to change without notice.
How much is a gift card worth?
Effective February 1, 2018, Gift Cards are no longer available for purchase. Gift cards may have been purchased for any amount starting at $5 and up. Visitors can check their balance on their gift card online by selecting “Check My Balance” on the gift card page.
Is an annual pass available for frequent state park visitors?
Individual and family passes are available. Passes may be purchased through all park ranger stations and museums.
What are your days and hours of operation?
Most of Florida's state parks are open from 8 a.m. to sunset, every day of the year. Museums, visitor centers and historic sites may be closed two days per week and hours may vary. Check the park's webpage for specific information.
What can a gift card be redeemed for and where?
Effective February 1, 2018, Gift Cards are no longer available for purchase.
Gift cards may only be used to make reservations for camping and cabins at Florida State Parks, however a few exceptions apply.
Those exceptions are:
- Concession-Operated Campgrounds or Cabins
- Wakulla Springs Lodge
- Caladesi Island State Park (only including Walk-in reservations)
- Cayo Costa State Park (only including Walk-in reservations)
- Primitive Camping Sites, Primitive Group Camping, Developed Group Camping
Gift cards cannot be redeemed for canoe/kayak rentals or the purchase of merchandise (patches, license plates, etc.).
Gift cards may be redeemed for reservations made online, through the call center and as walk-ins. They are not redeemable for past purchases or other merchandise, fees, rentals and are not redeemable for camping or cabin reservations in other states (exclusive to Florida State Parks).
What methods of payment are accepted for entrance to state parks or overnight accommodations?
All state parks accept cash for entrance fees. Overnight accommodations may be secured with major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.
Where can I purchase a Gift Card?
Effective February 1, 2018, Gift Cards are no longer available for purchase. Florida State Parks and ReserveAmerica will continue to honor all Gift Cards purchased prior to February 1, 2018.
Hurricane Recovery - St. Joseph
Has DEP decided what to do with the park?
After reviewing these comments and thoroughly evaluating all options, DEP decided the best course of action is to restore the beach and dune system, conserve the shoals adjacent to the breach site, rebuild the access road, restore the utility lines, and repair overnight accommodations and staff housing. This path forward will incorporate coastal resiliency concepts to ensure the park is able to recover quickly from any future severe storm events.
Has the breach become more severe since the storm?
No, just the opposite.
Immediately following the storm, the breach was approximately 1,000 feet wide and 20+ feet deep. However, the currents have naturally deposited sand over the past eight months, and as of May 26, 2019, the park has been reconnected at the breach site.
Has the breach impacted salinity levels in St. Joseph Bay?
Following Hurricane Michael, the salinity measured by DEP’s water monitoring sites in St. Joseph Bay was lower than all previously recorded at these locations. The salinity continued to drop, but over the past few months has begun to increase to salinity ranges similar to previous data collected. This salinity change has coincided with the natural reconnection of the park at the breach site.
Has the park experienced this type of breach in the past?
No, this was a non-historical occurrence.
How will this better protect coastal resources and support coastal resiliency?
Stabilizing the beach and dune system will help promote park resiliency and the ability to adapt to future conditions such as sea level rise.
What are the impacts of this breach?
The breach severed the 2,790-acre park 1 mile north of the entrance, leaving 8.5 miles of park as an island, leaving the campground and cabins inaccessible. While the park has been reconnected at the breach site, the main road through the park was damaged during the hurricane and the areas north of the breach site remain inaccessible.
What are the next steps?
Using sand from the offshore borrow area, a contractor, in coordination with DEP, will place an estimated 150,000 cubic yards of sand in the park to help stabilize and restore the beach and dune system. Based on the current schedule, we anticipate work at the park will begin in October and last approximately 10 days.
Following the restoration of the beach and dune system, DEP will address the park’s roads, utilities and infrastructure impacted by the hurricane. This path forward will include coastal resiliency concepts to ensure the park is able to recover quickly from any future severe storm events.
What damage did the park sustain?
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Gulf County suffered significant damage from Hurricane Michael, including impacts to the park’s roads, utilities and facilities.
The storm also caused a breach through the park that connected the Gulf of Mexico to St. Joseph Bay. The breach severed the 2,790-acre park 1 mile north of the entrance, leaving 8.5 miles of park as an island.
What is a breach and what causes it?
During a storm, rising storm surge inundates the beach system. During the period of inundation, currents and waves carry large volumes of sand from the seaward to the landward side of the island. When water levels subside, currents may reverse direction carrying sediment from sounds and bays back to the open ocean. These strong currents may carve a channel in the island, causing the island to be bisected in a process known as breaching. Small breaches often naturally fill with sand in the months following the storm.
What measures will be taken to ensure protection of the environment and wildlife while restoring the breach and dune system?
DEP is committed to ensuring that impacts to wildlife are avoided during the beach nourishment process and to conserving the shoals adjacent to the breach site.
The Department will establish a multi-agency working group consisting of DEP, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Northwest Florida Water Management District. The goal of this workgroup will be to leverage guidance and efforts across the agencies to continue to protect Florida’s environment.
What options are DEP considering regarding the future of the park?
In determining the path forward, DEP must consider the balance of recreational, environmental and cultural preservation.
DEP hosted meetings on January 15 and April 30, 2019, for the public to provide input on recovery efforts at the park. We also encouraged citizens, visitors and stakeholders to share comments with DEP via telephone, email and/or postal mail. More than 200 public comments were received by DEP.
Out of this process, there emerged six options that were evaluated:
- Closing the breach and rebuilding the park north of the breach
- Leaving the breach to natural processes and rebuilding the park north of the breach
- Leaving the breach to natural processes and discontinuing facilities north of the beach
- Maintaining the breach and rebuilding the park north of the breach
- Maintaining the breach and discontinuing facilities north of the breach
- Close the breach and discontinue facilities north of the breach
Where will the sand for the beach and dune project come from?
To protect the shoals, sand for the beach nourishment will be taken from an existing offshore borrow area. This borrow areas is the same that will be used in the upcoming Gulf County beach restoration project.
DEP currently has funding available that will be used to partner with Gulf County to leverage their upcoming beach restoration project to help lower the cost associated with the park’s beach and dune project.
Why does DEP believe this is the best course of action?
This path encourages sustainable public use while reducing impacts to coastal resources and habitats.
Now that the park has been reconnected at the breach site, DEP can begin efforts to restore access to 90% of the park that includes overnight accommodations, a popular water-access day use area, networks of interpretive trails and boardwalks, and a nearly 2,100-acre designated Wilderness Preserve.
Last year, the park welcomed approximately 261,000 visitors who collectively contributed over $21 million to the local economy. This spending supports over 300 jobs in the area. The park’s natural areas and sandy beaches provide opportunities for resource-based outdoor recreation and conservation for the enjoyment of Florida residents and visitors.
Will closing the breach help protect wildlife?
The park is home to wide range of wildlife, including imperiled species. If the breach is not closed, some of these species, such as the endangered beach mouse, will become isolated. The natural closing of the breach will restore access and allow us to monitor and reduce the threat to nesting shorebirds.
Would dredging and maintaining the breach benefit the bay?
While more research is needed to definitively determine the if the closure may be contributing to the return of previously measured salinity levels, previous statewide post-storm monitoring does not support a benefit of maintaining the breach.
Online Day Passes
Am I guaranteed park entry if I buy my Day Pass online?
No. Entry into all Florida State Parks is on a first come, first served basis. Many parks fill to capacity, especially on weekends and holidays. Pre-purchased Day Passes do not guarantee park entry upon arrival. Should the park be at capacity when you arrive, you will not be allowed to enter the park at that time. Park staff may suggest that you try visiting at an alternate time during that day. If you are unable to enter a park due to park capacity issues, you may request a full refund for your Day Pass by calling 1-800-326-3521.
Am I required to buy my day pass online?
No. Florida State Parks that are open to the public will offer other options to pay at the park for admission.
Can I use my Day Pass at multiple Florida State Parks?
No. Your Day Pass is only valid for admission to the single Florida State Park selected at check-out, on the date of purchase.
Does my Day Pass cover any fees other than park admission?
No. Your Day Pass is valid for park admission only and does not waive other special use fees.
What if I decide not to visit on the day of purchase? Can I request a refund?
Yes. Contact ReserveAmerica Call Center at 1-800-326-3521 to request a refund. Please be prepared to provide the confirmation number from your order.
What if I forgot to bring my receipt?
You may be asked to show park staff either a printed copy of your receipt or a digital copy (on your phone or mobile device) for park entry. If a printed or electronic copy of your receipt cannot be provided at the time of entry, admission may be denied.
What if I have a Florida State Parks Annual Entrance Pass?
Florida State Parks Annual Entrance Passes will be honored for park admission. If you are a current Florida State Parks Annual Entrance Pass holder, you do not need to purchase a day pass online – your pass will be honored. Please see our website for complete Florida State Parks Annual Entrance Pass Program Benefits. Due to recent statewide park closures from COVID-19, Florida State Parks will honor all current Annual Entrance Passes 2 months past the marked expiration date. Simply present your pass card, like normal, at the time of admission.
Will I still have to wait in line?
Maybe. Most Florida State Parks have limited entry points into the park. Please be prepared to wait in line to show park staff your day pass receipt.
Am I safe during a prescribed fire?
Fire Managers and Burn Bosses in the Florida Park Service spend time planning and prepping prior to implementing a prescribed fire to ensure both public and firefighter safety.
How are the fire and smoke contained and controlled?
Control lines with fire breaks are established previous to the ignition of the fire. These fire breaks consist of removing all the flammable vegetation from an area twice the expected flame height at the edge of the fire. These lines usually consist of a disked, plowed or mowed line. The smoke is controlled by carefully selecting the days on the which we burn. Weather forecast and advanced smoke modeling tools are utilized in the planning process.
How can I get involved?
The best ways you can get involved is visiting Florida's State Parks and becoming more informed about fire's important natural role.
How do you avoid injuring wildlife?
Due to the nature of a prescribed fire it occurs throughout the duration of a day. Most of the animals have time get out of the area or seek refuge before the burn impacts them directly.
Is a prescribed fire dangerous?
Prescribed fire is a safe and controlled planned management activity. Prescribed fire is implemented by highly trained professionals and is a planned event that takes place under optimal conditions.
What about pollution from the smoke?
As part of the planning process we carefully select which weather parameters will be acceptable to burn under, making sure to avoid impacts to smoke sensitive areas. Prescribed fires mimic a natural process under chosen conditions which help prevent the impacts of smoke.
What happens after the fire?
After the fire, crews are careful to mop up or extinguish any burning and smoking material which could be a threat to the control lines. Staff then monitors the weather and checks the burn area, ensuring there are no holding concerns until the fire is completely out.
What is the difference between a wildfire and a prescribed fire?
The biggest difference between a wildfire and a prescribed fire is that a prescribed fire is a planned event and therefore it occurs under the best possible circumstances. Wildfires often occur under extreme conditions such as prolonged drought whereas prescribed fires are implemented when the weather and natural conditions are desirable. Prescribed fire reduces the risk of wildfires by reducing the amount of hazardous natural fuels and fills the important role of maintaining fire in fire dependent natural communities.
Why are some areas burned and others are not?
Florida is a fire adapted landscape with some of the highest numbers of lightning strikes in the country and world. All of this lightning activity historically produced wildfires which Florida's native vegetation has evolved to thrive alongside. Management zones which contain fire dependent natural communities are selected for prescribed fire. The fire return interval in these natural communities ranges between one year and up to 45 years in Florida.
Why can’t you just leave it alone?
The Florida Park Service is tasked with managing approximately 290,000 Fire Type acres of Florida's public lands. This landscape is now fragmented by highways, byways, and housing developments that prevent fires natural process to occur across the landscape. This is why it is crucial for us to implement prescribed fire to ensure that fire dependent species and ecosystems are maintained for future generations enjoyment.
Are there uniforms for FLCC?
Yes, members are provided 1 Class A Polo, 5 Class B t-shirts, 5 khaki service pants, 1 FLCC jacket, and 1 sunhat. Other personal protection equipment is issued as needed and varies by project area. Members are required to be in uniform any time they are completing service hours. Members also agree to a uniform and personal appearance standard when they are enrolled.
How do I apply for FLCC?
All applicants must create an application at my.AmeriCorps.gov. Please note that an application can be created at any time, but you may only submit an application to the any of the FLCC projects during recruitment season. Typically, the application pages are open from mid-October through January.
How is the FLCC program supported?
The Florida Conservation Corps manages AmeriCorps grant based programs (Projects A.N.T., R.O.A.R., and T.R.E.C.) and is overseen by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Volunteer Florida. Within DEP the Florida Park Service’s Bureau of Natural and Cultural Resources manages the Florida Conservation Corps. FLCC directly administers the AmeriCorps Projects. FLCC administration is made up of a Program Coordinator, an Assistant Program Coordinator, and a Program Assistant.
What are the benefits of being an FLCC AMERICORPS member?
During a term of service, members gain valuable experience in resource management, trail restoration, and/or volunteer recruitment; while also improving their knowledge of conservation and restoration ecology. Members also learn useful skills such as interpretive program development and volunteer/community outreach. Aside from personal growth, members receive $1,140 a month as a living stipend, and upon successful completion of a full term, members qualify for a Segal education award of $5,775.
What are the requirements of an FLCC AMERICORPS member?
Potential members must be at least 18 years of age and authorized to work in the U.S. without restrictions. We do not have any formal education requirement (but a High School Diploma or equivalent is needed to receive the education award). A background in a related field is very helpful for applicants seeking a member position. This can come in the form of education, volunteer service, or work experience.
What do FLCC AMERICORPS members do?
Each FLCC project will offer a member a unique experience within Florida State Parks. Members are assigned to a service location depending on the project they have applied for and are expected to complete an 11-month (1700 hour) term of service. During their term, members focus on a set series of performance measures and are guided by Florida Park Service staff on goal setting and work expectations. Depending on the project, members may work in the field treating invasive exotic plants, they may be working on repairing a trail, or they may be developing outreach material and recruiting volunteers to aid state parks.
What do members do after their term of service?
After completing a full season of field experience in direct resource management, many members are prepared for successful careers in related industries. Many members have gone on to work in environmental agencies at the local, state, or federal level. However, results will vary. The FLCC AmeriCorps Programs are an excellent opportunity to develop skills needed to be an effective resource manager, team member, and environmental advocate while also having fun and enjoying the great state of Florida.
What if I'm having an issue with MY.AMERICORPS?
FLCC staff does not have administrative powers over the my.AmeriCorps.gov website. If technical issues are experienced please contact the my.AmeriCorps Support Desk at 1-800-942-2677.
What information is needed on the application?
The application page is relatively simple and asks for prior work, education, and service experience along with a motivational statement. If you have experience related to the service description it is suggested that you include that as we are a competitive program, and many of our members have prior experience in a related field. Additionally, you will be asked to provide contact information for a minimum of two professional references. These references will be emailed with a questionnaire that will need to be filled out on your behalf. It is advised that you notify these contacts as your application may be considered incomplete until the questionnaire is finished.
What is the Florida Conservation Corps?
The Florida Conservation Corps (FLCC) is an office within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Division of Recreation and Parks (Florida Park Service) that operates an AmeriCorps National Service Program. This program is divided into three project areas that each address either a major issue facing Florida State Parks or a component of the FLCC mission. The three project areas are: Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators), Project R.O.A.R. (Regional Outreach and Awareness Recruiters) and Project T.R.E.C. (Trail Restoration and Enhancement Corps).
What is the work schedule for FLCC?
Each project and service location has a different work schedule. As long as the 1700 hours in eleven months are completed, many parks or service sites are willing to work with members for a flexible schedule if needed. The standard however, is roughly 40 hours per week, typically Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., with some weekend events or travel opportunities to neighboring locations.