DEP Launches ‘Pic a Park’ Contest


Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection challenges you to “pic a park!” In a new Facebook contest starting Feb. 9, DEP wants to know what your favorite state park or trail is. Submit photos of your favorite state park or trail to DEP through the department’s Facebook page. The state park or trail that has the most pictures submitted to the page at the end of the month will host a free-entry day in March.

Director of the Florida Park Service Donald Forgione said, “We hope that this contest encourages people throughout the state to get outside and explore some of our award-winning state parks and trails.”

It’s time to break out those camera phones! Whether you go camping, hiking, canoeing or fishing in Florida State Parks, we want you to share that with us. The pictures can be of wildlife, plants and trees, yourself or just a nice view. Remember, every time you send us a picture make sure to tell us what state park it’s from so that picture is counted toward your favorite state park or trail.

Photos should be submitted in a direct message to the DEP Facebook page. We will post submissions daily. At the end of the month, the submissions will be tallied and the state park or trail that received the most representation will host a free-entry day in March for those who follow the department on Facebook. The Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is excluded from this contest. There is no limit to entries per day and entries over the month, but you must “like” the department’s Facebook page for your photo to qualify.

To find a park near you visit or download the Florida Pocket Ranger app. For more information or to participate in the event, visit the DEP Facebook page here.

WHAT:   “Pic a Park” Contest

WHEN:   Feb. 9 – 28

WHERE: Florida DEP Facebook page


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