Friends of Paynes Prairie

About Us

    We support the mission, programs and goals of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park through fundraising, outreach, education, and volunteerism.
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      News & events

              The Big Anniversary Speaker Series

                Has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be           rescheduled for future dates. Thank you for your                 patience and understanding.  


               Paynes Prairie State Park Now Open!

                 7 May 2020 I Some restrictions on facilities and            

                 modified fee collection.

      Camp Grounds Re-Opening

      18 May 2020 

      Gainesville Hawthorne State Trail &

      Price's Scrub State Park Now Open!

      Open for day use, from 8am to sunset.

             Health & Safety Park Updates

      For more information on park safety,

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      You Can Help

      You can make a difference by visiting Paynes Prairie, joining the Friends of Paynes Prairie, volunteering, and donating.

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      Together WE Make a Difference

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      The Friends of Paynes Prairie has flourished, growing from fewer than 30 members in 2003 to over 500 in 2020.  With support from our members, Park facilities like signage, maps, water fountains and bike repair stations were sponsored by the Friends.


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      We are currently seeking volunteers who can help in the Visitor Center on Saturday mornings or afternoons.  We are looking for a few extra folks so that we can have an alternating or rotating schedule that supports plenty of flexibility for our volunteers as we understand Saturdays are a popular time for many other activities.




            On-Line store now open

      From our bookstore to your home- selected bookstore products (T-shirts, hats, water bottles, books)

      All proceeds assist the Prairie, member discounts (10%) automatically applied.


      Thank you for supporting Paynes Prairie.
      Goal: $2,000.00
      Collected: $1,200.00

      Contact Us

      Visitors Center - 352-466-4100
      Ranger Station - 352-466-3397

      Friends of Paynes Prairie
      100 Savannah Boulevard
      Micanopy, FL 32667

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