2017 Volunteer Award Winners

Philip and Ann (Mickie) Anderson  Team of 2 of the Year – Visitor Service  Myakka River State Park

Philip and Ann (Mickie) Anderson

Team of 2 of the Year – Visitor Service

Myakka River State Park

Philip and Mickie volunteered as campground hosts at Myakka River for several years. As campground hosts they consistently received amazing reviews from campers claiming that they had gone above and beyond the call of duty. Now they have taken on a leadership role as volunteer liaisons between the park and the Friends of Myakka River. Their roles include coordinating events, membership development, soliciting donations, and managing the CSO’s gallery sales and inventory. Thank you, Philip and Mickie! Their accomplishments include:

  • Representing the CSO and the park at all in-park and community events.

  • Operating the CSO’s booths at events and sharing their passion for the park.

  • Managing the annual CSO kayak raffle and selling tickets with their inspirational attitudes!

  • Helping to gain support for the CSO while freeing up valuable time for park staff.

Tom Adler, Earl Cross, Barry Blitvich, Shaun Suydam, Mike Anderson and Steve Lemonds

Team of 3+ of the Year – Visitor Service

Myakka River State Park

Tom, Earl, Barry, Shaun, Mike an Steve are maintenance volunteers working as a team led by Park Services Specialist Jeremy Johnson to keep the Myakka River State Park running. They come from diverse background with experience in many trades. The team regularly repairs buildings, maintains and repairs park facilities. They took on and completed a historic preservation project to repair damage and repurpose an original 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) structure. The building received a complete makeover and now houses the park museum and visitors center. Investing to keep the CCC structure relevant to the historic period, yet informative for today’s visitors helps to create a great first impression of Myakka River State Park. Thank you all! Their accomplishments include:

  • Replacing rotten rafters, rafter tails, wood siding, window frames, broken windows and the roof on the rear addition of the building, as well as critical structural wooden framing of exterior walls, the team followed the U.S. Department of the Interior standards for historic preservation.

  • Completing the repairs, the visitor center received a full facelift with a fresh coat of paint to reflect the updated park service standards.

Become a Myakka Volunteer

Become a Myakka Volunteer!

2015 Volunteers

2015 Volunteers

If you are looking for a way to help the park this coming season, please consider volunteering at Myakka. We are in need of volunteers to help out in our very busy ranger station. This is a fun, rewarding position that includes checking in and out campers, answering park questions, answering the phone, selling park merchandise, selling annual passes and other basic office duties.

The team of staff and volunteers who work in the ranger station are a great bunch of folks who love their job. Once you start you will be hooked and on your way to making great park friends!

Benefits include a free Myakka State Park Pass for 100 hours of service and a free Florida State Park Pass for 500 hours. For more information please call Teresa Good at 941-373-7839. Looking forward to meeting you!

Bob Richardson Retires from Volunteer Life at Myakka River State Park


To say that Bob was a volunteer at Myakka River State Park is quite an understatement. 

Bob was one of the founding board members when Dr. Mary Jelks and Senator Bob Johnson formed the Friends of Myakka River organization in 1992. He served on the board as President and was active on the board for 8 years. Bob co-chaired the canopy walkway project with Dr. Meg Lowman, together the board raised $150,000 for construction.  Due to Bob’s guidance and financing they sent 24 kids from the Boys and Girls Club to Peru to observe a huge canopy walkway as an educational experience. 

Bob created the “Walk on the Wild Side” hikes to deep hole to show residents and world travelers the diversity that is Myakka. Over the course of 4 years he led over 50 hikes to Deep Hole and raised money for the Friends of Myakka inthe process. For over 8 years Bob was the regular Bird Interpreter at the birdwalk on Sunday mornings pointing out to thousands of visitors the incredible bird and natural life that we have in our backyard at Myakka. 

Bob has been a mentor and inspiration to many aspiring outdoor enthusiasts over the years, myself included, but I know from watching him that he is most passionate about showing young people the wonders of the natural world in the hope that it will also become a lifelong passion for that child. Thank you Bob for your inspiration. 

Miles Millwee, President

Friends of Myakka River, Inc. 

Bob is pictured above fourth from the right.