The next Friends of O’Leno Board Meeting will be held
in the O’Leno State Park
Dining Hall
Monday, February 12, 2024
at 6:30 PM.

All are welcome to attend Board meetings, and we love to meet new people with a passion for our Florida State Parks! Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

We are a diverse group with interests in all manner of outdoor activities. No need to bring anything but yourself and your enthusiasm!

If you love O’Leno and
River Rise Preserve
State Parks,
Share the love
and join us!


Spring Brings Many

Our first event for 2024 is the Race the Tortoise 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 9th. This is always a well attended fundraiser, and the running/walking community is a good-natured and enthusiastic bunch. We’ll need volunteers for sponsor recruitment, trophy assembly, a kitchen crew for breakfast and registration clerks for the day of, just to name a few opportunities. 

Following that is the O’Leno Ole Chili Cookoff on Saturday, April 13th. It is another popular, well-attended gathering of chili cooks competing for awards, and chili tasters savoring the cooks hard work. We’ll need folks to collect donations for our prize drawings, set up & decorate the judging area, check in official judges, clerks to work our souvenir sales tables, as well as other tasks that need a personal touch.

A new event that was wildly popular on its debut last year is the Firefly Encounter. It will take place in April with dates yet to be set. We will be grooming the trails to be walked for this event in the next month or two. And the event itself will need volunteers to walk with the park visitors attending it.

And that’s just this Spring! So, if you are looking for a fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunity, please email You are not required to join to be able to join in the fun!