Volunteer Spotlight, Bill Cade
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Bill Cade is a native of the northeastern United States, but like so many others heard the irresistible call of Florida State Parks. Born in Connecticut, and going on to live in Maine and Missouri, Bill worked in the public safety sector and law enforcement for many years, including working for the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service in college. He had hopes to one day work for the National Park Service, but his life took another path. Bill will tell you that all his work was done with the goal to retire in Florida and get to warmer weather, which he was finally able to do when he moved close to Ichetucknee Springs State Park. It was here that Bill could realize his dreams of working in a park, and he started a new chapter as a Florida Park Service volunteer.
Bill has always had a love for the outdoors, enjoying hunting, trapping, visiting parks and going out in his boat. His favorite thing about Florida State Parks and Ichetucknee Springs is being able to help people recognize the value of the natural environment, and the responsibility of protecting it for the future.
Spring is the best season in the park in Bill’s opinion, because he sees it as a clear sign of the renewal and rejuvenation of the plants and animals and loves getting the opportunity to see new growth. Bill also enjoys assisting with the park’s kayaking and canoe trips and school visits. He believes that positive experiences help visitors to better understand the truly wonderful park that is Ichetucknee Springs.