The Friends of Pensacola State Parks is an organization of volunteers committed to the preservation of the parks for the enjoyment of park visitors for generations to come.

We Are A Citizen Support Organization For:

  • Big Lagoon State Park
  • Perdido Key State Park
  • Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

The three parks we cover are perhaps the most popular outdoor destination in the Florida Panhandle. Combining all three State Parks we cover miles and miles of sugar-white sand beaches, striking coastal dune formations, nature trails, a boat launch, kayak rentals, picnic areas, a playground, 75 family camp sites, event space, and 5200 acres of wilderness preserve.

The park is also the first stop along the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail as well as a Gateway Site for the Great Florida Birding Trail.


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Our Mission: “The friends of Pensacola State Parks, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to generating support for Big Lagoon, Perdido Key, and Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Parks. The focus of the organization is to provide assistance and seek funds for park needs. The scope of activities includes, but is not restricted to: support the park and staff in their activities, education and foster an understanding and appreciation for nature and the environment.”

Please visit the park’s website for park sponsored events.
FOPSP events are listed on our EVENTS page

Stargaze Programs:

Must enter park before sunset to pay entrance fee

Saturdays August 4th, September 1st and 29th @ Amphitheater

Scallop Survey meet at Boat Ramp area Saturday August 4th

Volunteers needed please contact Rick O’Connor for more info

Volunteers are needed to snorkel a 50-meter transect line at four different locations within an assigned grid for the survey. Some grids will require a boat to access them. Sea Grant does not provide mask, snorkels, or boats (if needed) but will provide all other needed materials and equipment.

Paws in the Park Oct 6th

Heron Trot 5K run/walk onĀ Nov 3

International Coastal Cleanup at Perdido Key SP on Sat Nov 17

National Public Lands Day at Big Lagoon SP on Sat Nov 24

Holidays in the Park Dec 1st

Tiny Camper Open House Dec 8th

Red and Green Hike Dec 25th

First Day Hike Jan 1st


Big lagoon State Park located at 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola, FL. 32507.
From I-10 take exit 7, drive south for 4 miles on Pine Forest Rd. to Blue Angel Parkway.
Turn right onto Blue Angel Park Way, drive south on Blue Angel park way for approximately 14 miles to Gulf Beach Hwy.
Turn right onto Gulf Beach Hwy Drive west for 4 miles, Big Lagoon State Park is on the left.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to fill the vacant positions on our board. If you would like to nominate someone for these positions, please contact us: