5th Annual Statewide Friends and Alliances Workshop

With so many changes taking place at state and local level, the 2015 FFSP workshop will be the most critical ever held. Attend and help shape policies and set direction for the future.

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I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful CSO Conference.  It exceeded all my expectations.  The opportunities to learn, share, laugh and network were made available and used by all. Your drive and vision have made us all better leaders for our CSOs [and the overall program] was a huge success. “


The 2015 FFSP workshop will be the most critical ever held. With so many changes taking place at state and local level your attendance will help shape policies and set directions for the future. 

If you are a CSO board member or officer, a member of a CSO or Friends’ group or a volunteer you should make every effort to attend the 5th Annual Statewide Friends & Alliances Workshop presented by Friends of Florida State Parks.

Partners in a Brighter Future will bring together volunteer leaders and advocates from Friends groups attached to the 171 parks throughout Florida, as well as the leadership of the Florida State Parks and Trails System.

With a focus on non-profit management, the workshop will address CSO policies and procedures and what the future holds for the Florida Parks Service and those who work and volunteer in it.

Throughout the workshop, there will breakout sessions promoting learning about new  CSO Policies and reporting requirements, non-profit management, the Florida State Parks Service, and much more! There will also be invaluable networking opportunities, visits to local Florida State park, live music, exhibition booths, and a silent auction! For a detailed agenda, read more here! (link to Agenda)

Interested in getting involved with the workshop? We would love your help! The Exhibition Hall will be open for the duration of the workshop although booths do not have to be staffed for all that time provided brochures and literature is available. Set up will be on the morning of the 16th and take down on the afternoon of the 18th. The cost of a single booth is $500 (checks made payable to Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc.  For more information read the Exhibitor Application here!

Why should you exhibit at the Statewide Workshop?

  • -Florida has 171 State Parks and Trails – from the western panhandle to the Atlantic and south to the Florida Keys. Park staff and volunteers are currently planning or working on scores of projects. These are your customers

  • -In the last 10 years the parks and their volunteer support groups have spent more than $200 million dollars on an extraordinary range of projects from accessibility equipment to fire trucks

If you’re not able to attend the workshop, please consider donating to the silent auction to help support our Florida State Park initiatives. Silent auction funds support the FFSP matching funds program. This program serves our local Friends organizations around the state with funding for strategically aligned projects approved by the leadership of Florida State Parks. The FFSP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; your contribution is tax-deductible. Please email this form by December 15, 2015 to gphillips@ArdenSolutions.com.

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