Incorporated in 1988, the stephen foster citizen support organization is one of the oldest CSO’s within the Florida Park Service, and
has provided invaluable assistance in enhancing, protecting and promoting stephen foster folk culture center and Big shoals state parks
About the cso
The Stephen Foster Citizen Support Organization (CSO) is a 501 (c)(3) Florida not-for-profit organization dedicated to working with the Florida Park Service to enhance, protect and promote Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Big Shoals State Park. The goal of the Stephen Foster CSO is to support the mission of Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, particularly the preservation of Florida's folk history, through fund raising, programs and events developed in cooperation with the Park Manager. The group interacts with local related organizations through good communications and assistance with volunteerism. The CSO assists with the preservation of nature, history and culture of Stephen Foster and Big Shoals State Parks by playing a vital role in preserving these gems when combined, preserve over 2,500 acres of land along the historic Suwannee River.
Sponsoring educational events and park programming throughout the year
Preserving the Folk history of Florida through the funding of the park’s Craft Square and Gift Shop, which features the work of artists and craftsmen through the State.
Adding enhancements to the Parks for visitor’s enjoyment such as, two playgrounds, washers and dryers in the campground area, a picnic pavilion in the picnic area and many more enhancements to help the park staff maintain the Parks.
Provide regular support for the park’s visitor service needs, maintenance needs, recreational and educational programs
In 2017, the CSO embarked upon its largest project to date- the restoration of the Stephen Memorial Carillon - Save Our Bells! Restoration of the Carillon along with maintenance and restoration of other park exhibits in the Museum and Carillon tower are estimated to cost more than $200,000.
Upcoming CSO Meetings
The Stephen Foster CSO Board of Directors meets the third Monday of February, April, June, August and October.
CSO membership meetings are held the third Monday of each month in January, March, May, July, September and November.
All meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited.
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President: Mike Williams
Vice President: Kerry Waldron
Treasurer: Scott Gay
Secretary: Bebe Willis