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Discounts on Annual Entrance Passes for Veterans and their Families
Florida's state parks offer special deals on Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the United States military branches, veterans with service related disabilities and surviving spouses of members of the US military who have fallen in combat. Learn more about Annual Entrance Passes.
Veterans Benefits Guide
The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is the premier point of entry for Florida Veterans to access earned services, benefits and support. The Florida Veteran’s Benefits Guide is designed to bring you the latest information on federal and state benefits in an easy-to-read format. Find both the Florida and Federal Veterans’ Benefits Guide here.
Support Yuma, a Florida Panther
Yuma (meaning “Son of the Chief”) arrived at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on April 3, 2014 as a three-month-old kitten. He was found barely alive on Jan. 23, 2014 by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists who were checking on the den of female panther in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Naples. The kitten had apparently been abandoned, and was dehydrated and non-responsive. The kitten received emergency care at Animal Specialty Hospital in Naples and rehabilitative care at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Since he could not be returned to the wild, he was given a home at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where he serves as an ambassador for his species.
Adopt Yuma, the Florida Panther
For a $20 donation, you can adopt Yuma, courtesy of the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The adoption packet includes a certificate, photos of Yuma and his story. Call (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002 to order. Or mail a check for $20, made out to “Friends of HSWSP” to:
Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Inc.
c/o Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, Florida 34446
Yuma’s Not a Puma
Patrice Walden, also known as Krazy Kat, volunteers frequently at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Her Yuma’s Not a Puma poem, is very popular with visitors. Download a copy, here, along with a photo of Yuma, sealed with a paw print sticker.
Free Pocket Ranger® Mobile App for Smartphone Users
Planning a trip to a state park or trail? Smartphone users can download the Florida State Park app for on-the-go information. Florida State Parks is pleased to partner with ParksByNature Network™ and PocketRanger.com to provide visitors and Florida state park enthusiasts with a FREE smartphone app.
Using your favorite designated state trail or Greenway is always free. You can hike, bicycle, ride your horse, skate or paddle at NO FEE, always. Camping is extra.
Help Our State Parks
Do you want to support Florida’s state parks with a financial gift? Donations may be given to the Florida Park Service through the Help Our State Parks program. You may also donate to a specific park. Donation boxes can be found in some state parks or you may mail your donation to Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 540, Tallahassee, FL 32399.
The world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs mermaids want to hear from you! Anyone under the age of 17 is invited to hand write a letter to their favorite mermaid (or prince), asking anything about the environment they swim in or anything else mermaid related. Each child will receive an autographed picture of their favorite mermaid. The mermaids will read each letter and the videoed response will get posted on the park’s Facebook page, Twitter page and YouTube channel. Feel free to include drawings. Only choose one mermaid or prince. Please be patient as we get many letters.
Just make sure to include:
1. Name of the child
2. Age of the child
3. Email address or phone
All letters can be sent to:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Attn: “Tail Mail”
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606