Dr. Mary Jelks created the preservation culture of the river through annual cleanups and supporting the park with monitoring equipment.
Dr. Mary also developed the culture of preserving the natural habitat of forests and prairie grasslands through identifying the invasive species and creating programs to restore the natural habitat.
Donations made through the Friends provide commercial agricultural equipment to aid in preserving the habitat through spraying, controlled burns and other efforts.
The current ranger station was funded with donations from the Friends.
The canopy walkway was planned and built by Friends and is maintained with their funding.
The Palm Log Restoration Project was a partnership with the State Park and partially funded by the Friends organization.
Sponsorship of the Concert Series and other events to raise funds for park projects and equipment.
Purchase of the swamp buggy, trucks and ATVs.