FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK RESIDENT COMPLETES THIRD VISIT OF ALL FLORIDA STATE PARKS
~Florida State Parks enthusiast visited all state parks three times. ~
— Craig Faanes, a resident of University Park, has recently completed his third circuit of the Florida State Park system by visiting each of the
160 state parks in Florida and collecting each state park's unique stamp in the Florida State Parks Passport
. As a collector's journal, the Passport book helps visitors plan park visits and record experiences.
“Visiting all our state parks is a wonderful way to learn about the natural and cultural history of our state, while having a great time surrounded by nature,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “I wish Mr. Faanes the best of luck as he embarks on his journey to complete a fourth passport.”
A retired US Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist, Mr. Faanes moved to Florida in 2008 and set out to learn about his new environment. During the third journey, he took photos of every state park sign and included them in his Passport and in blog postings about his park visits.
“For someone with a thirst for knowledge and a passionate respect for the quality of the environment, I can’t think of a better way to learn about the culture, geography, natural resources and history of my new home state than by visiting Florida’s State Parks,” said Mr. Faanes. “The Florida State Park system has been voted the best in America at least two different times. After visiting all the parks at least three times, I understand why it’s the best system in America. Because it is."
The Florida State Parks Passport is designed as a travel aid to help visitors discover Florida's state parks. Each of the 160 state parks is highlighted in the Passport. Visitors can learn about the recreational opportunities and special features at each park, get driving directions and receive special instructions for getting the passport stamped.
There are three ways to purchase a Passport. Call Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park at (352) 628-1002 to purchase by credit card over the phone. Print and complete the passport order form
and mail with a check or money order for delivery in 4-6 weeks. Passports are also available for purchase at most Florida State Parks ranger stations or museums.