Our Mission

The mission of the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, Inc., is to enhance and perpetuate the Hillsborough River State Park and the Fort Foster State Historic Site.

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Campground Team

Here at The Park, we have several camp sites in the Volunteer Area. These sites include 50 Amp electric service, water, and dump station. All sites occupied by camping volunteers are to be maintained by them, from weeding, tidying up, mulching, etc. The occupants of these host sites will be our eyes and ears in the campgrounds. Duties may include cleaning restrooms and campsite areas, answering camper questions, availability in case of emergency.

Opportunities

  • Experience the Real Florida
  • Worried the environment won't be there for the next generation? Help restore and maintain the environment and natural resources.
  • Fight exotics! Become an environmental guardian!
  • Have a knack for wildlife? Guide bird tours, canoe and nature trail programs.
  • "Where are you from?" Customer and public services: Make our visitors feel at home through our Ranger Station and Spirit of the Woods Cafe.
  • Is your motto, "There's nothing that can't be fixed!" Facilities and Park maintenance is for you!
  • Be in the spotlight! Fort Reenactment, First person, Living History and Interpretive Programs.

Volunteers Wanted!

Something for everyone!

CSO membership = 12 free entry days to the Park (TBD by CSO)
100 volunteer hours = free park entry for the volunteer for 1 year
500 volunteer hours = free annual family park pass to all Florida State Parks (some exceptions apply)

Volunteers can do many things—greet visitors, conduct tours, help rangers remove exotic plants or maintain the natural beauty of pine flatwoods and hiking trails. The Florida Park Service, due to increased demands on park staff, works closely with volunteers to assist with the sometimes-daunting task of keeping the parks running and providing visitor services.

Volunteers are essential to the operation of Fort Foster Historic Site, as well as the never-ending maintenance of our historic Civilian Conservation Corp CCC buildings. “There is a lot to do right now. It is a great time for community service,” said CSO President Walt Williams.

Please note: All volunteers will need to submit a Florida State Park Volunteer application to participate.
Download Membership Instructions (PDF 124k)

Download Volunteer Application (PDF 883k)

  Contact: Park Services Specialist Alex Kinder for more information.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Sue and Dave Moulton

This husband and wife “team” has been affiliated with the state park for the past four years and is described as “professionals” in every sense of the word. Dave and Sue have also shown additional interest in broadening involvement by joining the CSO. They take on new challenges by attending various District and in-park trainings and are always very giving of their time.

In 2008 alone, the Moulton’s have over 1,100 service hours dedicated to the Heritage Rivers. They support the parks in all aspects— natural, historical, cultural and recreational— fulfilling volunteer assignments to Hillsborough River State Park, Ybor City State Museum State Park, and the Fort Foster Historic Site. They support in-house volunteer programs and interpretive missions in all three locations.

Sue interviews, schedules and corresponds to help manage a very active in-park volunteer program. Dave supports the interpretive program by designing and building park kiosks. Dave leverages his prior career in construction to improve and support the CCC historic structures within the park.