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learn about the forthcoming interpretive facility!
 

About the Friends
    Friends of the Island Parks is a CSO (Citizens Support Organization). Florida Park Service CSOs are volunteer organizations that sponsor events, raise funds, and support the goals of the parks. The Friends of the Island Parks CSO's main focus is the support of Caladesi Island State Park and Honeymoon Island State Park.
   We join the Egmont Key Alliance and Friends of Anclote Key along with the Friends of Florida State Parks in supporting our island parks.
   Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands are rare, natural barrier islands that are basically undeveloped. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of Florida's original coast, to see many types of wildlife that depend on these ecosystems and to learn about these islands that need to be protected.
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SanddollarMonthly Shell Show
Presented by Area Conchologists & Florida State Parks Volunteers

Description:
Outstanding exhibit of shells from Honeymoon Island with hands on learning activities and videos.
Date:
4th Saturday of the month
Time:
Ungoing from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where:
Inside the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park
Fees: Free with park admission ($8.00 per car, up to 8 people per carload)
Contact: Email info@islandparks.org - or call the nature center at 727-738-2903
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Bird Observation Deck

Description: Our newly donated HD spotting scopes provide optimal viewing. All are welcome including birders and non birders alike. Volunteers  will offer help in identification and assist you with your observations.
Where: Rear observation deck of the Rotary Centennial Nature Center
Dates: Daily
Times: From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Best viewing is at low tide, which encourages a gathering of shore birds that feed on the exposed oyster bed and mud flats of St. Joseph Sound.
Bring: You can optionally bring your own camera or binoculars. Special thanks to Clearwater Audubon for the migratory bird display and to our other caring sponsors for equipment donations.
Fees: FREE with paid park admission!  ($8.00 per vehicle - up to 8 people per vehicle.)
Contact: Email info@islandparks.org - or call the nature center at 727-738-2903
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Scavenger Hunt

Description: Complete the fun scavenger hunt inside the nature center and win a prize!!
Dates: Daily
Times: All day - The Center is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fees: FREE with paid park admission!  ($8.00 per vehicle - up to 8 people per vehicle.)
Contact: Email info@islandparks.org - or call the nature center at 727-738-2903 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
 
Meetings
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Board Meetings:
 

  • Board meetings are open to both members and the general public. 
  • Held the third Tuesday of every month except December.
  • Meet at the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park. (First right past park entrance.)
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Board of Directors Nominations: Are you interested in serving on the Friends' Board of Directors? Would you like to nominate someone? If so, please contact the Friends Vice President.

    General Meetings:
  • General Meetings are open to both members and the general public.
  • Held the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, or as noted below.
  • Meet at the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park. (First right past park entrance.) or as noted below.
  • 7:00 p.m. General meeting begins.
  • 7:30 p.m. Guest Speakers and Special Presentations
  • 8:30 p.m. Adjournment 

  • General Meeting Topics:
    January 2016 Art Opening for Robert Herbenick

    February 2016 Chocolate Buffet (Members Only Event)

    March 2016
    The Florida Wildlife Corridor comes to Friends of the Island Parks. NO 4th Tuesday meeting this month - Held on Sunday March 20th instead.
    Due to the popularity of this program we will need to meet at Unity Palm Harbor for this meeting.
    Meeting beigns at 5:30 p.m. this month.
    Click here for details

    April 2016 Presentation on Caladesi Isalnd by Park Manager Peter Krulder.

    May 2016 Art Exhibit Opening for Kim Braun, paintings on silk and fiber.

    June 2016 Speaker and author Tonya Clayton - How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach

    Each month, we feature a guest speaker or nature/park related presentation, artist opening or varied social activities at the General Meeting. Brief reports are given from the Park Manager, President, Treasurer and varied committees. Fun & informative! Refreshments are served!

    Contact: Ray Dabkowski for upcoming meeting topics information at raydab@gmail.com
    Meeting Minutes: Click here to view minutes

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