Dear Friends,

We have had another great year of partnership with the Friends of Canaveral in 2018. We had the Doris Leeper exhibit in her home in March, we published the Plants of Canaveral National Seashore and we have some great events happening this month with your help.

The Seminole Rest Holiday Open House on Dec. 8 and the Eldora Holiday Open House and Turtle Derby on Dec. 9. Please everyone come out and support the Friends of Canaveral, enjoy a glass of punch with Friends and staff to celebrate another successful year.

Stay Safe & See you at the beach!
Laura Henning
2nd Annual Turtle Derby - Mark your calendars!
Sunday, Dec., 9, 2018
Eldora State House
Canaveral National Seashore
New Smyrna Beach

2nd Annual Turtle Derby
will be held @3pm
  • Open House: Eldora State House will be decorated for the holidays and refreshments and home baked goods will be served.

  • Turtle Derby: Join the fun as 500+ rubber turtles swim to the finish line. Be on hand to watch the excitement as our park personnel release them in the Indian River Lagoon.
You can also purchase
tickets here:
Apollo Visitors Center at
Canaveral National Seashore
Prizes - $500 - $300 - $150 - $50

1 Ticket for $10
3 Tickets for $25
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Thank you for your continued dedication to our organization.
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If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact our membership director, John W. Peel, at 386-423-8275 or . As always, we thank you for your continued dedication to our cause. We look forward to serving you for another year!
Last year your generous membership helped assure that future generations can enjoy Canaveral National Seashore Park's unique historic recreational area. Now it's renewal time for your membership in Friends of Canaveral, Inc.

This year, we hope to accomplish even more towards our stewardship of America's National Parks. The Friends of Canaveral urge your support of Canaveral National Park, as your Park, and discover its recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs in your own backyard.
A Message From Our President
Season’s Greetings!
There may not be snow on the ground, but the holidays here hold warm and bright memories for native folks like me. My brothers and I looked forward to riding our new bikes in the shade of palm trees, and gobbling up turkey and all the fixins' at a table surrounded by the extended family. December looks to share lots of exciting events here and near Canaveral National Seashore. Come join us, and make family memories.

  • Saturday December 1st – New Smyrna Beach Holiday Parade – come see the CANA parade float and enjoy the route beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Flagler to Canal Street. 

  • Saturday December 8th – Edgewater Holiday Parade – come see the CANA parade float and enjoy the route along 442 to US 1 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

  • When the parade is over, make your way to Seminole Rest, where you will continue your holiday celebration. From noon until 4:00 p.m., take a stroll back in time. Explore the ancient Timucuan mounds and turn of the century homes. There will be an old timey band, crafts for the kids, and pontoon boat tours leaving from the dock. Then, continue your celebration and cheer on the CANA parade float in the Oak Hill Holiday Parade beginning at 2:00 p.m. 

  • Sunday, December 9th – Eldora Open House – Apollo District – CANA 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Friends of Canaveral Turtle Derby , race begins at 3:00 p.m.
Wishing you and yours peace, health, and happiness
Terry Bledsoe, President
Canaveral National Seashore Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience

The National Park Service (NPS) announced today Canaveral National Seashore will modify its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience. Effective January 1, 2019 the entrance fees to the park will be $15 per vehicle or $10 per motorcycle and $5 per pedestrian/bicycle for a 7 day visit. An annual park pass will remain $40. All of the money received from entrance fees remains with the National Park Service with at least 80 percent of the revenue going to Canaveral National Seashore.
Beach mice are nocturnal and avoid well-lit areas and houses, so you won’t ever find one inside. Beach mice are monogamous, which means a pair of beach mice will mate for life. Beach mice tend to have pale white to grayish coats so they can blend in easily with the sand on the beaches where they call home.

The diet of the mouse primarily consists of dune plant seeds and insects. Total gestation period for a beach mouse is 23 days with the female giving birth to four pups per litter. Pups are weaned 18 days after being born and reach sexual maturity at around 30 days of age.
(Federally Designated)
You might not notice these little guys or even see them, but the southeastern beach mouse makes its home on sandy beaches along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. It inhabits sand dunes along the Florida Atlantic Coast from Volusia south to Martin County.  Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach, as well as the Canaveral National seashore, is home to one of the remaining populations.

The threatened southeastern beach mouse population has been significantly reduced by habitat loss due to human development, which are intensified by threats from hurricane and predation by domestic cats.

  • Use beach crossovers and boardwalks instead of footpaths
  • Dispose of garbage properly
  • Keep pets on a leash and cats indoors
  • Leave dune plants as you found them