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Visit FloridaStateParks.org Safety Updates page and individual Park Alerts for the latest news on Koreshan and other Florida state parks.

Koreshan State Park Now An Honor Fee Park

Park day visitors will follow the steps on the new signs by the ranger station and self-serve when paying the entrance fee. The ranger station is open from 9am to 5pm. The park remains open from 8am to sunset.
Volunteers needed at Koreshan State Park for a variety of jobs.
For more information and to apply, contact Christopher.Tretter@dep.state.fl.us.

Staff Spotlight: Park Ranger Mike Gonzalez

Ranger Mike was born in New York. At the age of 15, his family moved to Lehigh Acres, Florida. As a young man he started a career with the Division of Forestry and quickly slid into a position with the Lehigh Acres Fire Department where he served for 28 years until his retirement.

As so many of us do, after retiring he returned to the work force, starting with Division of Forestry. Soon thereafter he found an advertisement for a Park Ranger position at Koreshan State Park and successfully applied. Since he joined the Florida Park Service, he has held several positions: Park Ranger, Interpretive Chair, Safety Officer and Park Service Specialist. What Mike enjoys most about his job is giving settlement tours, participating in the 1929 Fairbanks Morris Diesel engine start-ups and helping visitors.

Mike is also an amateur radio hobbyist and communicates with people all over the world with his ham radio. His furthest radio communication was with someone on Pitcairn Island, one of the most remote places in the world. His affinity for communications has proved invaluable to the park. Mike played a key role in improving and expanding park communications by setting up the park’s WIFI repeater and programming the park radios with all the D-4 park channels and pertinent fire channels.

Teamwork and the camaraderie of the staff at Koreshan is what Mike values most about working for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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 (prefer at least 2000px wide) 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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A Botanical Tour of Koreshan State Park


by Roger Parlin, Volunteer, Docent, Tour Guide

Koreshan State Park, the historic home of the Koreshan Unity, has many unique specimens throughout the remains of its once-famous botanical gardens, including several varieties of mango, lychee and other fruit-bearing trees, eucalyptus, Chinese bamboo and other flowering trees and plants from around the world. Some even from the Ford and Edison Winter estates in Fort Myers. Here are just a few: [read more]

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