Volunteer Spotlight, Don Morrow
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Don Morrow is a Florida native originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. After 20 of service in the United States Army, he moved back to Florida looking for a place to volunteer his time, knowledge and skills to his community. Don and his wife Kathy came in contact with a park ranger outside of the park that invited them to visit Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. They were in awe with the peaceful serenity and natural bliss so close to their home. Don has always enjoyed the outdoors and truly lives for kayaking and fishing.
Don has volunteered at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park for several years and has served nearly 1,500 volunteer hours. The main role he plays at Rocky Bayou State Park is in maintenance. He also helps the park set-up and maintain equipment for special events and kayaking programs each year. Most of the time you will find Don working on building structures within the park or at the shop repairing equipment.
When asked what inspires him to keep coming back to the park, he always replies with “I love this park and what it provides to our community!”
Don’s favorite part about being a volunteer is keeping the park in good repair for all campers and visitors to enjoy. Participating in the annual Pioneer Day event each November is particularly special to Don. He enjoys being able to educate so many children at one place in a safe family oriented setting. He loves the park and encourages everyone to engage in the parks interpretive programs to learn how to help protect our amazing natural resources.