Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.


Board of Directors election.

See Meet Our Board of Directors for directors elected at the annual meeting to serve for the coming year.


Renovation construction begins.  Visitor Center Closed.

Contractors began reconstruction at the visitor center in September and the facility will be closed to

all access until further notice. Remainder of the Park, trails, campsite etc. remains open.

We are arranging temporary accommodation for the Visitor center, bookstore and visitor assistance services

and we will advise here when that facility is available.


Heart of the Prairie- fundraising appeal


Friends is raising $100,000 that we have matched for thecost of the Visitor Center renovation project.

Heart of the Prairie   See details of the project at Visitor Center Renovation 2014-2015


With generous donations from members, the board and local businesses,

Friends has received donations and pledges totaling over $56,000, more than half of the $100,000 goal. 

Additional outreach through social media, to the Gainesville business community and local foundations are

underway to secure the remainder. 


Donors will be recognized at several levels with a plaque to be placed prominently in the renovated Visitors center.

Donate now at  Donate to Friends



Upcoming events

28 November 2015 8:00 AM • Meet at La Chua Trail parking lot
05 December 2015 9:00 AM • Bolen Bluff Trail
05 December 2015 10:00 AM • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
12 December 2015 11:00 AM • Cones Dike Trail; Meet at Visitor Center Parking Lot
19 December 2015 10:00 AM • Meet at La Chua Trail parking lot
26 December 2015 • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
02 January 2016 9:00 AM • La Chua Trail
09 January 2016 10:00 AM • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
16 January 2016 11:00 AM • Cones Dike Trail; Meet at Visitor Center Parking Lot

Friends of Paynes Prairie is on Facebook!

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Volunteers Neil and Joan MacLeod lead the popular Family Birding Series every year at Paynes Prairie.  Check out this video interview with Neil, and register now for new sessions this November through April.

Family Birding Series Interview



Latest Newsletter!

Prairie Press, Fall 2015



Join the Volunteer Team!

Seeking Ranger Station Volunteers:

4 Hours per week: Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays


See details on Volunteer Opportunities page


                                                                                                                                                                                                           Do you have expertise in a topic relevant to

Paynes Prairie that you'd like to present or provide

a guided walk? Please let us know by emailing                                                                                 


Thanks to our sponsors      


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