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Donald Forgione, Director Florida Park Service

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.

This month, continue to enjoy the mild temperatures at state parks around Florida. Keep in mind that we will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and many state parks will host special events that weekend. You have the opportunity to enjoy festivals, scavenger hunts and ranger-led tours of our state parks, kayak tours and bird walks. There will also be an opportunity to volunteer at beach clean ups. View a complete list of events.

Many state parks offer Junior Ranger programs that provide hands-on learning in a fun way. Children receive a Junior Ranger kit, complete CORE activities and earn certificates, stamps and an opportunity to receive a Junior Ranger badge, patch or pin.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Also, be sure to download the PocketRanger® app for iPhones and Android smart phones.

See you at the park!

Donald V. Forgione

Director, Florida Park Service


Biography

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.

Mission

The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

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