Who We Are

We are a dedicated group of volunteers, passionate about Florida’s natural spaces, and proud to offer our time and talents to support and promote two beautiful state parks–O’Leno and River Rise Preserve.

Our members enjoy many outdoor recreational activities including hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, bicycling, birdwatching, and of course horseback riding, just to name a few.

We are a Florida non-profit Citizen Support Organization (CSO), and a 501(c)(3).

Our Mission

It is our mission to support O’Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve State Park by volunteering our time toward fundraising, recreational and educational events; helping to maintain and preserve natural, cultural and historical resources; and by promoting academic and archeological research.

Contact Us


US Mail:
PO Box 1401, High Springs, FL 32655

Our History

Chartered in 1988 by the State of Florida, Friends of O’Leno, Inc. is one of the oldest Citizen Support Organizations in Florida, and has been crucial in developing the equestrian facilities at River Rise Preserve, as well as the Nature Center at O’Leno State Park.

Over the years, as needs evolve, we continue to help fulfill the mission of these two wonderful parks by volunteering to promote healthy, educational outdoor events, funding un-budgeted equipment purchases and repairs, and pitching in our time wherever we’re needed.

For a copy of our Code of Ethics, Click Here.