If you enjoy the river, walk through the wood shop, or visit the Welcome Center you are sure to meet Walter Nickerson. Walter has been a state park volunteer for over four years. He can be seen throughout the park at least five days a week, usually in conversation with Guests and staff. Walter was born in Indiana, moved to Virginia, then made his way to South Florida. In 1990 he moved to Ocala to be near the river. Silver Springs State Park gives Walter the opportunity to enjoy his passion while making a difference. Walter is the Vice President of the Friends of Silver Springs State Park. When not working nights at the Ocala Star Banner, Walter is also active in the Living History of the museum, Aquatic Motor Patrol, Outreach Program and the Concert Series.
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.
Become a member
Check out our Membership Page and join the Friends of Silver Springs State Park in its mission to enhance and preserve this natural treasure. Our members meet the 2nd Thursday of most months in the Paradise Ballroom off SR 40. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. often featuring a guest speaker.