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Friends of the Island Parks

About the Friends
Friends of the Island Parks is a CSO (Citizens Support Organization). Florida Park Service CSOs are volunteer organizations that sponsor events, raise funds, and support the goals of the parks. The Friends of the Island Parks CSO's main focus is the support of Caladesi Island State Park and Honeymoon Island State Park.

We join the Egmont Key Alliance and Friends of Anclote Key along with the Friends of Florida State Parks in supporting our island parks.

Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands are rare, natural barrier islands that are basically undeveloped. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of Florida's original coast, to see many types of wildlife that depend on these ecosystems and to learn about these islands that need to be protecte


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SanddollarMonthly Shell Show
Presented by Area Conchologists & Florida State Parks Volunteers

Description:
Outstanding exhibit of shells from Honeymoon Island with hands on learning activities and videos.
Date:
3rd Saturday of the month
Time:
Ungoing from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where:
Inside the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park
Fees: Free with park admission ($8.00 per car, up to 8 people per carload)
Contact: Email info@islandparks.org - or call the nature center at 727-738-2903
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Bird Observation

Description: Our newly donated HD spotting scopes provide optimal viewing. All are welcome including birders and non birders alike. Volunteers  will offer help in identification and assist you with your observations.
Where: Rear observation deck of the Rotary Centennial Nature Center
Dates: Daily
Times: From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Best viewing is at low tide, which encourages a gathering of shore birds that feed on the exposed oyster bed and mud flats of St. Joseph Sound.
Bring: You can optionally bring your own camera or binoculars. Special thanks to Clearwater Audubon for the migratory bird display and to our other caring sponsors for equipment donations.
Fees: FREE with paid park admission!  ($8.00 per vehicle - up to 8 people per vehicle.)
Contact: Email info@islandparks.org - or call the nature center at 727-738-2903
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Scavenger Hunt

Description: Complete the fun scavenger hunt inside the nature center and win a prize!!
Dates: Daily
Times: All day - The Center is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fees: FREE with paid park admission!  ($8.00 per vehicle - up to 8 people per vehicle.)
Contact: Email info@islandparks.org - or call the nature center at 727-738-2903 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Meetings
Minutes/Reports/Newsletters
Board Meetings:
 

  • Board meetings are open to both members and the general public. 
  • Held the third Tuesday of every month except December.
  • Meet at the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park. (First right past park entrance.)
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Board of Directors Nominations: Are you interested in serving on the Friends' Board of Directors? Would you like to nominate someone? If so, please contact the Friends Vice President.

    General Meetings:
  • General Meetings are open to both members and the general public.
  • Held the fourth Tuesday of every month except December. (Holiday Party)
  • Meet at the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park. (First right past park entrance.)
  • 7:00 p.m. General meeting begins.
  • 7:30 p.m. Guest Speakers and Special Presentations
  • 8:30 p.m. Adjournment 

  • 2014 General Meeting Topics:

    May - Art Opening for Susan Gehring
    June - Ice Cream Social at the South Beach Pavilion
    July - South Beach Cafe (Program to be determined}
    August - Program in Downtown Dunedin (to be determined}
    September - Art Opening for Earnest Simmons
    October - Nature Program
    November - General End of Year Business Meeting
    December - Holiday party (date to be determined)


    Each month, we feature a guest speaker or nature/park related presentation, artist opening or varied social activities at the General Meeting. Brief reports are given from the Park Manager, President, Treasurer and varied committees. Fun & informative! Refreshments are served!

    Contact: Ray Dabkowski for upcoming meeting topics information at raydab@gmail.com
    Meeting Minutes: Click here to view minutes

    Treasurer Reports: Click here to view reports

    The minutes and treasurer reports are Adobe Acrobat PDF documents. In order to view them, you will need to have the Acrobat Reader installed. Free Adobe Reader

    Friends News: Click here to view newsletters
     
    Save a tree and view electronic versions of our current and past newsletters online! Our printed newsletter is available to all members upon request. For delivery options, contact the membership secretary.


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