Become a Member of Citizens of the St Sebastian Preserve
Do you hike, bike, ride horses, kayak, camp or fish in the St Sebastian River Preserve State Park? If so YOU should be a member of the Citizens of the St Sebastian Preserve. Due to the economy and subsequent budget cuts your local State Park needs you more than ever. In times of stress and worry WE need our sources of recreation and quiet reflection all the more.
If you join the CSSP your membership fee will help improve the Park for both its' animal and plant inhabitants and it's human visitors. In the past CSSP money has paid for equipment used to protect the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker and Florida Scrub Jay. It has paid for equipment and food for our Burn Crews, who work tirelessly and in dangerous conditions to protect the Park and help it thrive, as well as protect its' near neighbors in Sebastian and Fellsmere. The CSSP also provides a portable toilet on the south side for the comfort of both equestrians, hikers and all other users. This month the CSSP will be building several more stalls in the Horsemen's Paddock as well as buying more picnic tables for several parts of the Park.
The CSSP also put on two important events each year. Goby Fest is a Nature Festival and celebration of our State Park. It is a great community awareness event and relies upon volunteers from the CSSP to function. Every year many people visit the Park for the first time because of the Goby Fest event.
Our largest fundraiser of the year is the annual Horseback Poker Ride. This event has over the past 6 years grown into a "must do" equestrian event for this region of Florida. Every year we have riders attend from Miami to Deland. In it's first year it had 50 riders attend, last year's event saw 125.
As a member of the Citizens for the St Sebastian Preserve your membership fee alone will be greatly appreciated and help us meet our goals. However, if you wish to get involved in a more hands-on manner we are always looking for and appreciate members who volunteer as well.
If you join you will receive a free color poster of the wildlife of the St Sebastian River Preserve State Park as well as a free vintage Goby Fest t-shirt.
An annual membership meeting is held to conduct elections and other business. However we also host other meetings throughout the year with guest speakers. Members are always welcome to attend Board meetings. Park Staff are attend all of our meetings, so it is a great time to ask questions and make suggestion to both the CSSP and the staff as well.
To join contact Citizensforthestsebastian@gmail.com.
Get Dirty, Get Sweaty, or Simply Enjoy the Benefits of MembershipNot all members may choose to be active in the variety of projects that take place on the preserve, but all who join are welcome to the many benefits of CSSP membership.
All members receive:
Nonprofits and Businesses also receive:
- A free St. Sebastian River Preserve poster
- Our periodic online newsletter
- Gift shop discounts
- Advance notice of special events
- Reduced rates for workshops and programs
- Receptions with speakers
- Participation in special projects
Friends and other supporting members also receive:
- Free publicity during special events
- Free advertising in the newsletter
- Event sponsorship opportunities
- Links on the CSSP website
- Use of the St. Sebastian River Preserve meeting center
- Annual statewide park entrance pass