Our 2020 Challenge is to raise funds to continue to restore scrub habitat and increase the number of Florida Scrub-jay families that live in Oscar Scherer State Park.
- 20 acres of restored scrub habitat; enough territory to support one family of Florida Scrub-jays.
- 20th annual Oscar Scherer’s Scrub Jay Race and Festival; by coincidence takes place in the year 2020!
- 20 years of concerted restoration efforts; has culminated in the first increase in Florida Scrub-jays families in OSSP.
- 20 dollar donation (or any other amount); will help support our mission to assure the future of the Florida Scrub-jay in OSSP.
Oscar Scherer State Park CAMPGROUND and DUMP STATION are closed and will remain closed during the construction of the NEW CAMPGROUND ACCESS BRIDGE.
Paddlers on the KAYAK CANOE TRAIL will not be able to paddle beyond the bridge during construction.
We hope to open the campground before the end of November 2019; please visit this page for updates.
Bridge work may be completed early so check Reserve America periodically for reservation opportunities.
Please note: The Park will remain open for day use at regular hours – 8:00 am to sunset
Please call the Ranger Station – 941.483.5956 – if you have any questions.
Thank You, Tony Clements, Park Manager
Friends of Oscar Scherer Park
The FOSP is designated a CSO – Citizen Support Organization – by the Department of Environmental Protection, who oversee our operations due to our affiliation to a state park.
Our purpose is to raise funds from events and appropriate grants that can be used by Oscar Scherer State Park for projects and equipment purchases. Basically the “Friends” make up the shortfall in state funding and also plan more ambitious projects that we consider beneficial to the park.