Spring 2019

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The Friends of Blue Spring is a non-profit Citizen Support Organization (CSO) dedicated to generate additional support for Blue Spring State Park. The funds we raise can provide additional equipment, buildings, programs and renovations according to the needs of the park. You can find our meeting agendas here.

Joining the Friends helps to ensure Blue Spring State Park remains a fun, interesting, educational, and beautiful place to visit! We have monthly meetings every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Admin Building at Blue Spring State Park.



Memberships are $15/year for individuals and $25/year for families and include 12 free visits to Blue Spring State Park per year.



  • The Fireflies will soon be returning to Blue Spring State Park! It is that time of year when the skies of Blue Spring come alive with fireflies. We are looking forward to this year’s event. Although we do not know the specific start date yet, it generally begins around the middle of March and lasts about 2 weeks. Donations raised from this event will go to the Friends of Blue Spring State Park and will be used for park enhancements. We are looking for an ample amount of volunteers to help us make this event a major success. We need volunteers for each night during the two week event. Can you volunteer one night? Each volunteer will be given information on firefly behavior, so that they can engage the visitors during the event. If talking with visitors isn't really your thing, you can help in other ways. At this time, we are looking for availability to put a proposed schedule together. You do not need to be a CSO member in order to help. The volunteer start time will be 5:30 pm and the end time around 8:30 pm. (depending on the park closing time) For further questions and to sign up to volunteer, please contact Darrell Thomas at Darrell.R.Thomas@dep.state.fl.us.
  • DeLand Water Festival - April 27th, 2019. Stay tuned for more information!




Over the past few weeks we were busy with lots of events. We had a booth at the Orange City Manatee Festival and assisted with getting people on and off the shuttle buses going from Valentine Park to Blue Spring.


 CSO Members Rich Hatton & Kristine Spence table at the Orange City Manatee Festival (above). Kids enjoy rock painting at the Manatee Festival. (on left) 


On February 8th, we had our second annual Members-Only Wildlife Walk and Talk where we learned about manatees, fish, birds, as well as other wildlife, exotic species and exotics control at Blue Spring State Park.

On February 9th, we assisted the park with tabling at the Lyonia Wildlife Festival at Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona. (Pictured on top of this newsletter)



Admission to "Members Only" events is included in the yearly membership fee!



Proceeds from the sale of firewood ($5 per bundle) at the park go to the Friends of Blue Spring State Park. All funds are used to assist with park projects.


Questions? Email us at bluespringcso@gmail.com

The Friends of Blue Spring State Park

2100 W French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763.

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