The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida State Parks and its partners are advancing outdoor access for all Floridians through the Real Florida Reader Program.
Through a partnership with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services, public libraries across the state and the DEP, library patrons now can check out a Real Florida Reader pass at their local public library for free admission to one of more than 170 participating state parks, according to a news release.
The 2022 library summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.”
“A visit to one of Florida’s state parks goes hand-in-hand with a visit to the library,” said DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton, in the release.
“We welcome all Floridians to read about our state’s diverse environment and culture, and then get outside and experience these natural wonders firsthand,” said Hamilton.
Floridians can use their public library card to check out a Real Florida Reader day pass, which provides free admission to state parks for up to eight people in a vehicle. The pass excludes Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Skyway Fishing Pier State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
The promotion will run through Sept. 12.
Those without a library card can sign up at their local library to take part in the program.
Visit FloridaStateParks.org/RealFloridaReader for more details, park exclusions, and library guidelines and policies.
Published July 06, 2022