This summer, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Florida State Parks and its partners will advance outdoor access for all Floridians through the Real Florida Reader Program. DEP, along with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library & Information Services and public libraries across the state, have partnered to allow library patrons to obtain a Real Florida Reader pass at their local public library for free admission to one of more than 170 participating state parks.
The 2022 library summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Library patrons are encouraged to check out books about Florida’s wildlife and natural resources, and then explore one of the state’s award-winning state parks.
“A visit to one of Florida’s state parks goes hand-in-hand with a visit to the library,” says DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “We welcome all Floridians to read about our state’s diverse environment and culture and then get outside and experience these natural wonders firsthand.”
To learn more about this program and how your state can engage in similar partnerships and initiatives, click here.