Donald V. Forgione, Director
Florida Park Service
Enjoy Florida's State Parks!
Welcome to the website for Florida’s state parks. This website
will help you plan your visits to Florida’s 174 award-winning state
parks, trails and historic sites.
May is Military Appreciation Month. At Florida’s state parks, we
appreciate our active duty servicemen and veterans every day. We invite
you to enjoy our award-winning state park. We offer discounts on the
purchase of our Annual Entrance Passes for those currently serving or
have served in the US Armed Forces. Additionally, we offer a Free
Lifetime Military Entrance Pass to veterans with service-related
disabilities, surviving spouses and parents of members of the U.S.
military who have fallen in combat. Find more information
Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29), we’ll gather at
Stephen Foster Folk
Culture Center State Park on the banks of the Suwannee River for the
Florida Folk Festival. Buy your
tickets now for a three-day celebration
of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique.
The Department of State’s Folklife Program will feature performances and
demonstrations celebrating the diverse living traditions of Miami-Dade
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See you at the park!
Donald V. Forgione
Director, Florida Park Service
Donald V. Forgione is the director of the Florida Park Service which
manages Florida's award-winning state parks and trails encompassing more
than 800,000 acres and attracting more than 24 million visitors every
year. Donald began his career with the Florida Park Service in 1983 as a
Park Ranger and has held many positions at state parks across Florida
including Law Enforcement Ranger, Assistant Park Manager, Park Manager,
Assistant District Manager and District Manager. He also has held
several positions including Environmental Land Manager for the Palm
Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Donald was appointed
Florida Park Service Director in 2010. He is the president of the
Association of Southeastern State Parks Directors and is the recipient
of the prestigious Florida Park Service Interpreter of the Year Award.
Donald lives in Tallahassee with his wife Rosie and enjoys visiting
Florida's state parks with his four grandchildren.