Our Accomplishments

Friends Accomplishments

Marti’s Meditation Garden 2017

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments

230’ Floating Public Boat Dock 2017

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments

Loop Road Widening 2017

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Phase I - Long Lake Clean Out Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Phase I - Long Lake Clean Out

Phase I Clean-Out Long Lake 2017

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Phase I - Seawall Restoration Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Phase I - Seawall Restoration

1-Mile Seawall Restoration 2017

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Limitless Playground Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Limitless Playground

Limitless Playground 2016

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Terramar as Visitor Center Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Terramar as Visitor Center

Opening of Terramar as Visitor Center 2015

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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Restaurant and Concessions Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Restaurant and Concessions

Restaurant and Concessions 2015

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Some of the Friends Accomplishments

Golf Carts

Volunteer Tram Drive

In 2014 and 2015, Friends donated 5 golf carts to the park to be used for tram service for park visitors as well as park tours. The tram service is run by volunteers and has been very successful! Friends also funds all of the golf cart parts and supplies needed to keep the carts in good working condition.

Volunteer Support

Construction Volunteer at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Volunteers are the Park’s most valuable natural resource! Friends funds tools and supplies used by the park’s volunteers in their day-to-day activities at the park. Please visit The Volunteer Page for information about volunteering at the park.

New Brushcutter at the Park!

Brushcutter

In 2015, Friends donated a brand new brushcutter to the park to help keep the 2-mile loop and trails clear of brushes for all to enjoy.

 

Terramar House Lives!

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In 2015, Friends completed the first step in the renovation of Terramar-Hugh Taylor Birch’s home.  The house was cleared out of old exhibits, carpet and furniture and painted and repaired to be inhabited by the Friends staff on the first floor and Park staff on the second floor.  Eventually, the ground floor of Terramar will re-open as a Visitor’s Center and exhibit space.

 

Park’s Animals

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Friends funds the purchase of food, supplies and veterinary services for the park’s animals.  Meet Picasso, the newest member of the Birch State Park family!  Check out all the Park’s animals at one of the Live Animal Presentation at 1 pm every Friday and Saturday at the Beach Gate Entrance.

 

Resident Volunteers

Volunteer Donations

In 2015, Friends donated a washer, dryer and freezer for the Park’s resident volunteers who donate hundreds of hours to the park each month.

 

Water Taxi Stop inside the park – Launched April 2014

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STOP #10 right in the park!

 

LIFE Program – Learning in Florida’s Environment

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LIFE is a statewide program of the Department of Environmental Protection that brings middle school students to public conservation lands for science-based environmental education.  Since 2014, New River Middle School has taken part in the program with support provided by Friends.

 

Living Well Program

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Our monthly Wellness Program consists of short seminars that enlighten and educate on the benefits of natural resources for our well-being.  Please inquire for dates and times or visit the Living Well Program Page