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There are many reasons to visit and fall in love with Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The park boasts 10,500 pristine acres of The Real Florida. It serves as a protected buffer zone between the rapidly growing communities of Martin County to the north and the burgeoning Miami-to-Jupiter corridor to the South.‚Äč

JDSP has exemplary examples of many natural Florida ecosystems, including portions of the Loxahatchee National Wild and Scenic River.

It's a living museum, helping to preserve the more than 5,000 years of human history that have unfolded along the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County. It's here where the Jobe Indians hunted, local icon Trapper Nelson lived, and some 6,000 Army Signal Corps trainees learned RADAR during World War II.

Most of all, the park is a place where people can relax and recreate. People of all interests come here, some to hike the wilderness section, some to canoe the Loxahatchee, others to pursue interests as diverse as mountain biking, wildlife painting and environmental education. Whatever your special interest, folks like me have answered an inner calling to belong to the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park sponsors and supports a wide range of activities. Our goals are always the same, however: furthering the education program of the Kimbell Environmental Education Center and aiding the park staff with volunteers and special projects.

Come on in - the gate's wide open. Whether it's holding a child's hand as you walk the Kitching Creek Trail or watching a blue heron stalk a fish along the Loxahatchee, you may hear - and heed - the same call heard by the more than 300 members who make up the Friends of J.D.S.P.


Executive Board

Looking for a new president

Wendy Morse, Vice President/ Secretary

Janet Rios, Treasurer

Board Members

Shawna Williams

Missy Bordelaise

James Howe

Jeff Orr


    Executive Board

    Looking for an opportunity to serve? We've got an opening for a Board President! Please send an email with interest to

    Janet Rios - Treasurer

    Detailed, solution-oriented (Six Sigma certified) Senior Accountant with 15+ years of experience managing financial planning and analysis (i.e., projections and metrics), improving full-cycle accounting processes, and customizing reporting deliverables across various industries. Avid Bicycle Enthusiast.

    Wendy Morse - Vice President/Secretary 

    Experienced Leader with a demonstrated history of working in government administration and the non-profit sector. A passionate community servant, Wendy was responsible for Leading Public Life Strategy and Prioritization, Coordinating Internal Public Realm Communications, and Innovative Public Engagement that fostered a vibrant public life and comfortable public realm in the City of West Palm Beach. She formerly served as a Captain of Police with the West Palm Beach Police Department where she focused on Community Initiatives, Training, and Development.

    Board Members

    Shawna Williams - Club Scrub Committee Chair

    Shawna began her mountain bike journey 12 years ago riding throughout Florida and other states. Being self-taught, she learned a lot the hard way, watching YouTube and asking questions at bike shops. In the early years, she realized it was unusual to see a woman on the trails, today it thrills her to see how women have embraced the sport for fun and becoming competitive too.

    Her goal is to make Club Scrub a place where all enthusiastic riders can enjoy. She would like to accommodate all riders, from new ones taking up the sport, to experienced riders looking for a challenge.

    Shawna asks that all mountain bike enthusiasts join her in the effort to make the Club Scrub Bike Trails at Jonathan Dickinson a world class opportunity for Mountain Bike Riding.

    James Howe

    Jim Howe is a retired mechanical design engineer, who moved to the area in 2003. He has volunteered in Florida State Parks since 2010, with over 1800 hours served. A Florida Master Naturalist, he leads JDSP’s Florida Scrub Jay Walks. Jim is VP of Audubon of Martin County, and hopes the two organizations can both benefit from the crossover. He is also a no-nonsense engineer who will view the park’s many factors practically and provide input accordingly.

    Missy Bordelaise

    Bio Coming Soon

    Jeff Orr 

    Bio Coming Soon


    Lauren Anderston - Bookkeeper

    Lauren has been an amazing addition to our organization. She has a vast knowledge of bookkeeping, and finance, and has a strong passion and love for Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Lauren not only joins in on the fun that we have as a group but also keeps us up to date and on our toes when necessary. 

    The Friends of

    Jonathan Dickinson State Park


    16450 SE Federal Hwy

    Hobe Sound, FL 33455

    The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the State of Florida, Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352. ID# 65-0568296. 

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