Membership

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Friends of Myakka River, Inc. is classified as a “not‐a‐private” foundation under section 509(a).

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free within the state (800) 435‐7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

Who are the Friends?
The Friends of the Myakka River, Inc. is a nonprofit group established to protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park and the “Florida Wild and Scenic” Myakka River. The Friends raise funds to protect the habitat and provide volunteer services to improve your enjoyment of the park and river.


What is a CSO?
Citizens Support Organizations are nonprofit corporations given special status by Florida law that make it possible for you to support your favorite state parks. In these times of budget shortages CSO’s are critical for providing much needed funds and manpower.
How can you help?

  • Time: Volunteer to work at the park or on the river. Positions are available for a wide variety of interest and expertise. Please call 941-373-7839 for more information.
  • Financial Support: Become a member, make a donation, a memorial gift, sponsor events, or remember the park in your will. 

Your generosity will benefit the Myakka River State Park


The Park Story
In the early 1930s, local residents recognized the Myakka River Valley as a valuable part of their heritage, worth preserving for future generations. We can thank them for their perseverance in establishing Myakka River as one of Florida’s first state parks. 

Myakka River – Wild & Scenic
Because of strong citizen interest in protecting its scenic qualities, the Myakka was declared an official Florida Wild and Scenic River by State Legislature in 1985. 

And the story continued…..
When development threatened land adjoining the park in 1992, thousands of Floridians wrote to legislators petitioning for its protection. The campaign was a success. The adjoining land was purchased with Save‐our‐Rivers funding and now the park manages the 8,249 acres of Myakka Prairie. 

Today…
The Friends continue their fundraising and volunteer activities to protect the river and its surrounding habitats, including native wildlife & plants. Friends’ funds support the removal of invasive plants and other species endangering the Myakka River and its great diversity.


Be a Friends Member…

  • Receive electronic newsletters keeping you informed of the latest news in the park
  • Get a 10% discount on purchases from the Myakka Friends Gallery & Gifts
  • Discounts on Friends special events
  • Enjoy free park entrance the last Saturday of each Month
  • Share in the gratification of helping preserve a significant part of the “Real Florida” for all time