Staff Spotlight, Jay Stone
Park Ranger, Jay Stone
Jay was born in Wayne, Michigan, where he was playing outdoors as soon as he could walk. At a young age he learned how to hunt and fish, so being outdoors in the woods is like being at home. When Jay was 11 years old, his family moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he has lived for the past 43 years.
Jay's journey with the Florida Park Service started after a camping trip with his wife at Hontoon Island State Park. During his visit, Hontoon Island staff were looking for volunteers, and with Jay's passion for the outdoors he signed up that day.
When he began volunteering at Hontoon Island State Park he would run the ferry for the island and would interpret the park's history to visitors. As he continued to volunteer, he became good friends with the park rangers and was dedicated to learning as much as he could from them. This is when Jay knew he wanted to become a park ranger.
After volunteering at Hontoon Island State Park for some time, Jay accepted a park attendant position.
In 2018 Jay became a park ranger at De Leon Springs State Park where he is now. He loves working for the Florida Park Service and sharing his knowledge of the natural and cultural resources that De Leon Springs offers.
Jay has immersed himself in learning all about the vast history of the park and is now the park historian. He enjoys researching the park's history and providing programs and guided walks to visitors. He is also the coordinator of the park’s Native American History Day, which occurs annually in November.
When visiting De Leon Springs State Park, Jay recommends you visit the renovated visitor center. De Leon Springs offers swimming, canoeing, hiking trails, bird-watching and dining opportunities! Jay looks forward to seeing you at De Leon Springs State Park!