Rangers Protect Park Visitors & Natural Resources
If you’ve visited a Lee County park lately, chances are you’ve met one of our rangers. Lee County Parks & Recreation Rangers are on-duty around the clock, ensuring the safety of park visitors and protecting the natural resources of Lee County's intricate ecosystems and parklands. The rangers are considered “Ambassadors of the Park” and provide visitors with information regarding park activities and offer various educational programs, such as nature walks, wildlife programs and classroom presentations.
The eight-member staff patrols more than 4,000 acres of developed parkland and 95 facilities, including: regional and neighborhood parks, beach parks, preserves, boat ramps, and community centers. The Ranger Unit also employs two Conservation 20/20 rangers, responsible for approximately 25,000 acres of conservation lands. Rangers patrol on foot, in trucks, by ATV, by bicycle and sometimes by powerboat or kayak.
The Ranger Unit enforces park rules and Lee County regulations, Lee County Ordinance 18-12 as amended by Lee County Ordinance 11-09. Also see the Clerk of Court Codified Ordinance.
Rangers Unit Priorities
Enforcement: The rangers’ first objective is park visitor safety and ensuring compliance in park regulations in a positive, educational manner.
Education: Rangers provide natural resource education programs for park visitors of all ages at Lee County sites and school-aged children at school sites.
Code enforcement: Park rangers are required to obtain Code Enforcement Certification and follow the Standards of Ethics for Code Enforcement Officials and Courtroom Procedures and Presentations. Rangers work closely with local law enforcement like the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife.
Geocaching in the Parks!
Lee County Parks are home to several geocaching sites. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. A geocache in a Lee County Parks & Recreation facility must first be approved by the Ranger Unit. Download the Geocaching Permit and email it to the Ranger Unit or by mail to the administration office at Terry Park, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916. For more information on geocaching, visit Geocaching.com.
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