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2023 FWSP Online Store - Buy Stickers here!

2023
Gift Packages:

Welcome to The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store for 2023. Ordering online makes shopping very easy. Orders are processed and shipped within 1-2 business days via USPS.
The 2023 state park vehicle admission stickers and trail passes make great gifts. They are gifts that can be used every day, all year long, all around the state at our beautiful Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store uses PayPal. You can shop with or without a PayPal account. 
It's easy:  CLICK HERE TO SHOP


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2023
Gift Packages:

Welcome to The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store for 2023. Ordering online makes shopping very easy. Orders are processed and shipped within 1-2 business days via USPS.
The 2023 state park vehicle admission stickers and trail passes make great gifts. They are gifts that can be used every day, all year long, all around the state at our beautiful Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store uses PayPal. You can shop with or without a PayPal account. 
It's easy:  CLICK HERE TO SHOP


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Explore your Wisconsin State Parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas in a new way. Each season will highlight activities you can participate in and opportunities to win prizes. 
Share the adventure with a selfie OR snapshot of having fun in Wisconsin's state parks, forests, trails, or recreation areas! With many activities to choose from, this year-round activity will be fun for the entire family!
There are a total of five WIngo cards—one for each season - Over 100 new fun ways to explore Wisconsin's state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.



The WIngo Challenge!

Explore your Wisconsin State Parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas in a new way. Each season will highlight activities you can partic...
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is:
Preserving, Promoting, Protecting, and Enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. 

FWSP is the official umbrella organization of the Friends groups for state parks, trails, forests, and recreation areas in Wisconsin. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks supports the work of 89 local Friends chapters around the state representing over 3750 individual members and the work that they do at the park, forest, trail, or recreation areas that they are associated with.

Our organization is made up of volunteers and people like you who have a love of our state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas and a desire to support their recreational, environmental, and economic value. Members of our organization promote the mission of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks to preserve and protect our parks’ natural resources and to provide recreational opportunities for all. 

The FWSP and the local groups work on projects and events at the state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas around the state that enhance the property and provide enjoyment for the many visitors each year. Our friends work to protect our natural resources and preserve Wisconsin's unique natural treasures for future generations.
 
 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

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is: Preserving, Promoting, Protecting, and Enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, a...
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. 
In 2022,  through donations and the online sticker store, the Friends of Wisconsin state parks funded over $77,400 for Incentive Grants to Friends Groups. Friends' groups matched that amount and over $104,00 was provided for projects in state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
In addition, The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks purchased two accessible kayaks for over $6600 and ten bike repair stations for $20,000.  YOUR DONATIONS COUNT!
  • Monetary Donation - Download PDF (Print, fill out, and mail form)
  • Support an FWSP program
  • Stock Donations
  • Corporate Sponsor
  • 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.

    Join a local friend's group

    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. 

    Patricia Loosen
    Executive Director Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
    Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
    23 S. Main St.  Suite O
    Hartford, WI  53027
    patricia.loosen@fwsp.org
    608-264-8994




    Support Your Parks

    FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting, promoting, and enhancing...

    Friendly and Unique Places


    Wisconsin is filled with a variety of fun-filled destinations that would make for the perfect family vacation. With such diverse regions and landscapes, the Dairy State has a lot to choose from when it comes to picking out the perfect trip. If you’re on the lookout for unique places to stay in Wisconsin for families, we’ve created the friendly and unique places that will make for a family vacation your kids will never forget.

    Wisconsin currently has 49 state park units, covering more than 60,570 acres, 44 State Trails open to the public, covering more than 1,700 miles, and more than 6,000 campsites in the Wisconsin State Park System.

    All of us have a favorite. Whether it’s a state park along the bluffs of the Mississippi River or along the shores of Lake Superior, or the Southern Kettle Morraine, or near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Wisconsin has so many choices.

    Each month, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Friendly and Unique places will introduce a trail, a state park, a forest, or a recreation area that may become a family favorite.

    Pattison state park 

    Yellowstone state park

    Blue Mound state park

    Sparta/Elroy trail

    Richard Bong Recreation Area

    Friendly and Unique Places

    Friendly and Unique Places Wisconsin is filled with a variety of fun-filled destinations that would make for the perfect family vacation. Wi...

    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are passionate about Wisconsin’s State Parks, Trails, Forests, and Recreation Areas. It's not only about today but to have the vision to be effective stewards of our public lands so future generations will be able to enjoy these outdoor resources. The mission of the FWSP is to preserve, promote, protect and enhance the Wisconsin State Park System. The board members, all volunteers, serve on various committees such as policy, outreach, membership, fundraising, and finance. At times, the responsibilities seem overwhelming, however, the benefits of being able to “make a difference” on statewide issues are extremely rewarding. The FWSP supports the work of 87 local Friends Groups around the state and the work they do at their respective recreation properties. 
    Just by being involved, you’re sure to learn more about Wisconsin state parks, all of the friends' groups that are represented by the FWSP, interact with DNR officials and community members, and much more.
    You can make a difference by being a part of a greater mission and enjoy these benefits:
    • The personal satisfaction that comes with giving of time and talent to further the mission of The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
    • Community Enrichment
    • Volunteer expertise and experience
    • Personal growth and satisfaction
    • Opportunities to meet new people
    • Resumé potential
    Board members bring a vast array of skills and experiences to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Having board members with diverse backgrounds professionally and geographically is the strength of the organization.. Key qualities of board members are: Possessing a Passion - deep interest in the mission of the FWSP; Vision and Leadership - the ability to see the big picture and the courage to set direction to achieve the organization’s mission; Stewardship - the integrity to serve the interests of the organization as well as the citizens of the State of Wisconsin. A successful board is where the team acts and works as one.
    “Test Drive” a board position by attending a couple of quarterly meetings. Currently, these meetings are conducted via teleconferencing. This will allow you to become familiar with current board members and the organization’s operating procedures along with current projects and challenges. The FWSP would like you to consider becoming part of the team, an opportunity awaits you.

    WE WANT YOU

    Click here to express your interest

    Join the FWSP Team

    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are passionate about Wisconsin’s State Parks, Trails, Forests, and Recreation Areas. It's not only ...


    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, a photography contest, and Gold Seal and HERO awards. It also provides grant opportunities for state parks.

    Are you a member of a Friend's Group? The FWSP newsletter - Friend to Friend - is all about our friends. Click here to sign up for the newsletter for Friends.
    • 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 volunteer, 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.



    The Friends of FWSP

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

    Contact Information
    Patricia Loossen
    Executive Director of Wisconsin State Parks
    Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
    23 S. Main St. Suite O
    Hartford, WI 53027
    patricia.loosen@fwsp.org
    (608) 264-8994