Awards 2019

/ November 16, 2019


The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks celebrated 30 years of Friends Groups on Saturday - November 9, 2019, at the Mosinee Brewing Company in Mosinee, WI.

Click on the photo or the link below the photo to view all of the photos from the event. 

For Photo Information, Contact repaske@fwsp.org


The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks celebrated 30 years of Friends Groups on Saturday - November 9, 2019, at the Mosinee Brewing Company in Mosinee, WI.

Click on the photo or the link below the photo to view all of the photos from the event. 

For Photo Information, Contact repaske@fwsp.org
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FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving,  protecting, promoting and enhancing Wisconsin State  Parks, Trails, Forests and  Recreation Areas.
 ln collaboration with over  80 local Friend's chapters,  we seek to enrich the park experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin's natural treasures in the future.
Each year, FWSP sponsors Work*Play*Earth  Day events across the park system that draw hundreds of volunteers who remove invasive species, clean up campgrounds, plant trees,  build benches and help with other essential projects.
We also educate lawmakers and citizens on issues that impact their parks. And each year, we support local  Friends groups by providing funds for education-related activities such as hiring park naturalists, developing interpretive exhibits, hosting wildlife demonstrations and outdoor skill training sessions, and improving key infrastructure in our parks.
We are continually seeking to grow our capacity to positively impact  Wisconsin parks. if you or your business would be interested in partnering with  FWSP, please contact us.   

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is pleased to offer the following options to make a contribution:


Option 1:
Mail cash or check directly to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks kindly requests that donations are sent to the following address. Send to:
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
P.O. Box 2271
Madison, WI 53701

Option2:
Print a Form,  complete it, and mail along with check.
Click on this (Link) to download and print a PDF.


Option 3:
I would like to make a donation for projects that will enhance the Wisconsin state park and trail experience for visitors and campers to enjoy,  like, campground fire rings, playgrounds, and building improvements)
A one-time donation using Your Credit Card via Paypal

Donation Amounts

Option 4: Automatic Monthly Donation for one year.

Monthly



Friends of Wisconsin State Parks(FWSP) fundraising campaign will seek to increase the support that FWSP can provide in order to preserve, promote, protect and enhance Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have been providing project grants to local park property Friends groups for 10 years, in order to provide a better experience for state park and trail visitors around the state.
FWSP is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization and we have set out to broaden what we do and increase our impact around the state.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks fund educational programs throughout the park season, provide funding for workshops, the planting of trees and flowers at parks and trails, and projects that will enhance the Wisconsin state park and trail experience for visitors and campers to enjoy: campground fire rings, playgrounds, and building improvements.  FWSP is looking forward to expanding programs that bring children to state parks and trails to learn and experience nature.
The organization’s mission and values have defined FWSP for two decades, and the tax-deductible donations of the public and state park visitors and supporters of this fundraising effort will help ensure that FWSP will continue to meet its challenges and commitments in order to keep state parks vibrant and to allow for park and trail users enjoyment. The FWSP fundraising campaign will sustain our commitment to outdoor education and nature program excellence and will advance our position as a steward of funds to enhance, educate and promote the beautiful Wisconsin state park properties. This campaign is about supporting the Wisconsin state parks that we love and for the people who come to the Wisconsin state parks, the experiences that they have here and the memories that they leave with.

FWSP Fundraising Campaign

by on September 07, 2019
FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving,  protecting, promoting and enhanc...

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is:
Preserving, Promoting, Protecting, and Enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. (Click to view video)

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks supports the work of 87 local Friends chapters around the state and the work that they do at the park, forest, trail or recreation area that they are associated with. In addition, FWSP carries out its mission through these examples:

Preserve
FWSP sponsors the annual Work*Play*Earth Day projects around the state in April each year — volunteers and Friends members complete projects and clean up at state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

Protect
FWSP advocates on state park system issues in an effort to protect Wisconsin’s beautiful state park, forest, trail, and recreation area properties. FWSP also hosts Friends Summit meetings around the state so that local Friends chapters are informed and supported in their local area.

Promote
FWSP funds projects and issues grants to local Friends chapters for educational programs and interpretive projects around the state at parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for visitors to enjoy. FWSP hosts an annual Photo contest to promote recreation at state park system properties.

Enhance
FWSP funds Tree and Flower projects at park offices and high visibility areas for the enjoyment of park visitors around the state. Friends chapters also use grant funding for projects that enhance parks, forests, and trails.

About FWSP

by on August 26, 2019
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is: Preserving,  Promoting,  Protecting,  and Enhancing  Wisconsin state  parks, forests, t...
Since its inception in 1996, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked with state park, forest, trail and recreation area Friends Groups to improve state lands experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s natural beauty in the future.
Click the map to enlarge. (Courtesy of WI DNR)
Believing that each generation is responsible for leaving behind a better legacy of conservation, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks was created to preserve, protect, promote and enhance Wisconsin’s state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting over 80+ friends groups around the state. FWSP provides technical support, sponsors events such as Work*Play*Earth Day, an annual Volunteer Jamboree, photography contest, and Gold Seal and HERO awards. It also provides grant opportunities for the state parks.
  • Every year friends groups provide thousands of volunteer hours to help support the mission and activities of more than 70 Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. Friends members: serve as campground hosts, visitor center hosts, naturalists and nature center hosts, adopt a trail volunteers, and assist with other special projects at the property; 
  • raise money to purchase playground equipment, interpretive displays, signs, shelters, kiosks, educational materials, and more; 
  • organize annual park cleanups and regular trail work days;
  • plan and help with special events including Candlelight nights, Community campfires, festivals/concerts, educational programs, and other special events; 
  • provide and assist with concessions; and assist with the construction of trails, shelters and accessible cabins, birdhouses, and more.
  • Read our Strategic Plan



  • The Friends of FWSP

    by on August 25, 2019
    Since its inception in 1996, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked with state park, forest, trail and recreation area Friends Gr...

    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are working on behalf of Friends Groups and state land users. Key priorities and action items are listed below. Please share with your Friends Group, legislators and other decision-makers. Find your legislator here https://legis.wisconsin.gov/. Consider contacting members of the powerful Joint Finance Committee. Read More about our positions.

    Legislative Issues

    by on August 25, 2019
    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are working on behalf of Friends Groups and state land users. Key priorities and action items ar...

    For over 20 years, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has been dedicated to preserving, protecting, promoting and enhancing Wisconsin's state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas
    Working in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and local Friends groups, FWSP has coordinated thousands of hours of volunteer efforts, raised funds for vital state park programs and causes, and provided a public voice for our state's outdoor treasures in the legislative process.
    Each year more than 17 million people visit Wisconsin state parks. State financial support for parks has diminished and FWSP continues to work with local Friends groups to fill in the gaps, provide outdoor education and improve the state park experience for the millions of people who visit each year.
    It is imperative to FWSP and the Wisconsin DNR that each organization continues to work in collaboration with the other in the service of their mutual constituencies. Both organizations are rooted in deep and trusting relationships with park users and Wisconsin citizens, positioning themselves to serve and mobilize individuals around the issues of protecting, preserving, promoting and enhancing state parks.
    To be effective, both organizations must share and combine resources, skills, and experiences that will enable them to engage with, and adapt to, the changing political and societal landscapes around them. FWSP Strategic Plan....

    FWSP and WDNR Work Together

    by on August 25, 2019
    For over 20 years, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has been dedicated to preserving, protecting, promoting and enhancing Wisc...

    The 2019 online store is closed for renovations.  2020 FWSP sticker store will open on Friday 11-29-19. 



    The 2020 Wisconsin state park vehicle admission stickers and state trail passes will be available to order online beginning  Dec. 1, 2019 
    Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will be offering many unique packages in the online store again this year! Ordering a sticker online is an easy way to get ready for the Z020 state park season and a great way to buy gifts for friends and family this year for Christmas.
    These packages make great gifts and the state park stickers and trails passes can be used at all state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas around the state 365  days a year! 
    Some of the packages that have been very popular will be offered again in the FWSP  store, as well as several new options.
    The  Fitness package makes a great gift, as well as the Family package that contains this great book that is full of travel ideas to  Wisconsin state parks. 
    The Wisconsin Day Trips paperback book by Mary M. Bauer covers hundreds of unique attractions all around the Badger State  Take a simple day trip to a Wisconsin state park or string together a longer vacation of activities that catch your interest. Sections are divided by themes like waterfalls, lighthouses and family days, so you can decide vi/hat to do with the family!       

    Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
    Patricia Loosen

    Executive Director FWSP

    101 S.
    Webster Street PR6
    Madison, WI 53707
    Patricia.Loosen@fwsp.org
    608-294-0810