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Friends of Silver Springs State Park

1425 NE 58th Ave

Ocala, FL 34470

These Friends members are also Park Volunteers. To become a volunteer, visit volunteers.floridastateparks.org and under the Volunteer Portal complete the 'Individual Volunteer Application' form. Then email Ranger Jimmy Higgins at james.higgins@floridadep.gov to arrange your volunteer orientation and interview.  Reach out to Marianne Marcoux at marmar58.mc@gmail.com to inquire about volunteering with the Friends group - in our Welcome Center, as part of the Garden Gang, as a River Ambassador, or at various Park and Museum events.  

Volunteering is an opportunity to contribute, to make a difference, and to leave things better than before!Becoming A Friends Member!

As a member, you’ll help support one of the most unique and exceptional places on the face of the earth. Silver Springs is the largest artesian spring in the world, sending up more than 500 million gallons of water each day. The Silver River flows out of the springs. It is a 5-mile long paradise of crystal clear water and its virgin forest supports a rich variety of wildlife, including many species of birds, fish, alligators, manatees, and even troops of wild monkeys. The springs have attracted life for thousands of years, from the Columbian mammoths and indigenous Timucua people to Spanish invaders to the iconic Paradise Park that brought together African Americans during the time of segregation to modern people from all around the world. Harriett Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, visited the springs in the 1870s and described the Silver River environment: “There is nothing on earth comparable to it.”

So please join us  and become a member of the Friends of Silver Springs State Park (FSSSP) today!

> You can join as a JUNIOR MEMBER if you are 21 years or younger for only $10 in annual dues.

> Everyone else joins as a GENERAL MEMBER for $25 in annual dues. Each General Membership is an individual membership but the membership (and its card) can have two names and two email addresses.  Benefits are listed below.

> If you'd like to go above and beyond, you can join as a BRONZE MEMBER/DONOR for $150. You receive a General Membership, and the balance of $125 is donated to the Friends organization.  Benefits are listed below.

> As a SILVER MEMBER/DONOR for $300, you also receive a General Membership, and the balance of $275 is donated to FSSSP and supports programs, like "A Day at the Park" for underserved youth groups, to projects like the redesign of our Welcome Center, to events like Springsfest! See benefits below.

> As a GOLD MEMBER/DONOR for $500, you too receive a General Membership, and your very generous donation of $475 permits us to support and provide the Park with tools and equipment like golf carts, to WiFi in the Ranger Station, to the purchase of native plants, to creating manatee rest areas, and many other items and projects! See the benefits below. 

Please join us today to help support your Silver Springs State Park!


> specially designed membership card with plastic case

> 12 free admissions into the Park each year

>all members (with the exception of Junior Members) may bring upwards to 8 guests per visit

> invitations to Friends events & regular email updates, including the Friends Newsletter

> a Friends T-shirt for those members who become Park Volunteers and sign up to volunteer at a Friends event

> name/business name/logo on the Friends Website and hyperlink if requested by Bronze, Silver, or Gold Member/Donor

> complimentary Glass Bottom Boat tickets per level for Bronze (2), Silver (3), and Gold Member/Donors (5)

Most importantly, you will know you are supporting this natural treasure, and getting involved in a community of like-minded individuals.

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About us

Friends of Silver Springs State Park is a Citizen Support Organization (CSO), a non-profit volunteer organization, dedicated to preserving and enhancing Silver Springs State Park. We support Silver Springs State Park by providing volunteers, educating visitors, hosting events and raising funds for specific park projects.

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Check out our Membership Page and join the Friends of Silver Springs State Park in its mission to enhance and preserve this natural treasure.  Member Meetings will be announced.

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1425 NE 58th Ave, Ocala, FL, 34470

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