"Egret" by Michelle Held


Friends History of Support

For more than 25 years, the Friends of Canaveral have supported the National Park Service in its mission to preserve, protect and interpret the 57,000 acres of pristine shoreline, dunes and wilderness that are Canaveral National Seashore.

The Friends have raised funds and public awareness to restore and maintain the historical buildings within the Park such as the Eldora State House, Shultz-Leeper House and Seminole Rest.

In 2010, celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canaveral National Seashore, Friends supported the Park‘s initiative to provide hands-on, interactive educational opportunities to students and visitors by sponsoring the 1st Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out. The 2011 - 2014 Paint Outs were a huge success, bringing additional artists, visitors and more awareness to our beautiful area.

In 2016, celebrating 100 years of National Park Service, the 6th Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out became the longest in history….Hurricane Matthew blew in midweek, but thanks to our volunteers, artists, patrons and the community, we rescheduled and enjoyed all the events!

In December 2018 the New Smyrna Beach Paint Out (formerly Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out) will be hosted by New Smyrna Marina and the Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grill. Friends of Canaveral continue to be part of this popular fine art event. Please visit nsbpaintout.com to learn more about the beneficiaries and how you can support this weeklong event.

See you at the park!