Ranger Stephanie Suter has been involved throughout the Florida State Parks system in many capacities: as a volunteer, campground host and as a ranger. She came to Myakka River State Park as a Park Ranger about two years ago and quickly fell in love with the wildlife and protecting Florida’s endangered Dry Prairie.
Hiking, camping and fishing are Stephanie’s favorite park activities. Although she usually likes trekking through the rarely touched trails in Myakka’s backcountry, she is also drawn to the trail starting at Fox’s High Road to the Mossy Hammock primitive campsite. She enjoys staying overnight there, too, sleeping under the starlight. She also loves the indescribable excitement of fishing, never knowing what is on the other end of the line. It brings her joy- the ups and the downs, the suspense, the challenge and the reward.
Ranger Suter is a licensed falconer and she presents at campfire circle events with Buttercup, her Red-Shouldered Hawk. She also is a beekeeper and member of the Sarasota Beekeepers Association. She loves teaching people all about predatory birds, ornithology and the importance of pollinating honeybees in guided walks and other educational programs.