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President’s WELCOME

Thank you for your interest in the Florida Park Service Ranger Association. I am honored to serve as President of this great organization that values Family, Service, and Traditions. Through my 38-year career, I have held many positions from Park Ranger to the Director of the Florida Park Service and one thing is for sure, no matter what position you hold, to our visitors we are all Park Rangers.

We offer events around the state that strengthen the morale and the esprit de corps of our hard-working team of park professionals. We provide volunteer service to our State Parks and financial support to our employees when assistance is needed. We uphold the traditions of preserving, interpreting, and restoring natural and cultural resources.

I encourage you to learn more about us through this website, email us a question, or join us at our next event. My family and I are excited to see you and your family and to share our unique experiences of being a Florida Park Service Park employee or volunteer.

There are many opportunities for you to help us remain strong. Donate to the James Cook Relief Fund, nominate recipients for our Carlos Maxwell and Joe Knoll awards, become a member, and join us at one of our annual gatherings. You can attend our annual meeting and help raise money for the James Cook Relief Fund during our Arnold Kuenzler and Family Annual Auction, demonstrate cast iron cooking at the Yesterday’s Festival, camp and serve with us at the Florida Folk Festival, celebrate with us at the Family Fun Day and meet up with your friends at one of our Ranger Rendezvous throughout the year.

I’m proud to work with the Board of Directors and members of this organization to continue our long-standing traditions, provide service to our beautiful state parks, and support my Florida Park Service family.

Donald Forgione, President

Mission - Supporting those who serve Florida State Parks, past and present, by providing financial assistance, cultivating a family atmosphere, and perpetuating a spirit of unity and service. 

Vision - Supporting those who serve Florida's State Parks

Motto - Family, Service, Traditions

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