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.
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Also, be sure to download the PocketRanger® app for iPhones and Android
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.