Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail
Osprey FLorida 34229

Oscar Scherer State Park


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.

Click here to donate for this challenge


The bridge is finished so the CAMPGROUND and the DUMP STATION are both OPEN.
The Creek and KAYAK CANOE TRAIL is open and passable under the new bridge.

Please visit Reserve America for advance camping reservation to OSSP.

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

About Us

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.

Click HERE for the latest OSSP Programs and Events information Brochure