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Things will start to get a little "spooky" in the park this October with Halloween decorations, photo-op stations for little (and big!) kids in their favorite costumes--even a family-friendly self-guided "haunted" trail! Follow us on Facebook for Spook-tacular updates as October--and Halloween--draws near!

Geocaching at Koreshan State Park

Running out of ideas of things to do with the kids (or for you!)? Try Geocaching, a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Koreshan State Park now has four Geocaches hidden throughout the park. When searching for them, please mind and respect the plants and critters you may encounter!

For more details about Geocaching, click here to download a brochure!


Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew McClary

From humble beginnings come giants. And while Park Volunteer Andrew "Andy" McClary may be a humble man, there is nothing unassuming about the work that he does.

Formerly from New Jersey, Andy joined the workforce at the age of eighteen at a small manufacturing plant. At nineteen he completed a short stint in the US Air Force. Afterwards he returned to the same manufacturing plant where he worked for the next twenty years.

On July 23, 1988, Andy married the love of his life, Donna. Eventually Andy opened and ran his own manufacturing factory and sold it after eight years. He then worked in construction and drove an over-the-road truck as an owner/operator for ten years.

In 2011 the McClarys moved to Florida and Andy worked for The Home Depot for the next six years. After years of work-filled adventure, Andy finally started his well-deserved retirement in 2017.

While exploring Florida during early retirement, Andy and Donna found themselves enjoying the RV lifestyle at John Pennekamp State Park. During their stay, Andy met some volunteers currently working at the park and was inspired to give the resident volunteer way of life a try. Andy applied for a resident volunteer spot at Lovers Key State Park and in 2018 accepted an offer to work there.

Andy is an enormous asset to each state park at which he works. Currently he is a campground host at Koreshan State Park. He starts early and stays late almost every shift. He always manages to do more and go beyond what is expected of him. He takes great pride in helping visitors, staff, and other volunteers.

If you inquire about Andy at any state park that has been lucky enough to have him as a volunteer, they will tell you that not only is he a bathroom cleaning machine, he is also a bright light and a smiling face who uplifts the morale of all!

Attention Photographers and Videographers!
 
Have you photographed or filmed/videoed in Koreshan State Park? Send us your images and footage for possible inclusion on our new website, newsletters and popular Facebook page! If selected, you will have your photos and videos/films featured with a link to your website and/or Facebook page. Nature/landscape/architectural shots and videos preferred, but all submissions will be considered. Send your photos (at least 2000px wide please) or, if you have video or film, a link to your work to friendsofkoreshan@gmail.com. Please include your Facebook URL and handle and/or website address, and follow us on Facebook to see if your work was selected! When shooting in the park, please adhere to our photographer regulations and remember to practice social distancing.

Become a Friend of the Koreshans!

Friends of Koreshan State Park enjoy free park admission, retail discounts, member-only special events and outings, their own newsletter among other perks!  We have three levels of memberships you can explore here.

Support Friends of Koreshan State Park

Your generous tax-deductible contributions to the Friends of Koreshan help us continue our mission to support Koreshan State Park. Please contribute by donating, volunteering your timepurchases from our online store, or shopping on AmazonSmile and GoodShop to donate a percentage of your purchases to the Friends.
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The History of Estero, Florida


by Roger Parlin, Volunteer, Docent, Tour Guide

In early Estero, author Quentin Quesnell wrote that when the Spanish came to Mound Key near the mouth of the Estero River in 1567, they found the thriving capital of the native Calusa Indians. By the 1700s, the dwindling Calusa had fled to Key West, then Cuba, leaving the area to Cuban fisherman, outlaws, and pirates. [read more]

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