Friends' Groups

We invite you to join us in preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Wisconsin state parks. 
By renewing your membership, your group will join a network of more than 70 local Friends Groups around Wisconsin, who are committed to supporting the Wisconsin state park system properties for over 18 million users to enjoy. 
With your membership, your friend's group has the benefits of:
  • Access to the FWSP Incentive Grant Program to fund projects and programs.
  • Access to the FWSP Trees and Flower Grant Program to enhance your park or trail
  • Advocacy on Friends and WI State Park system issues
  • Invitations to attend FWSP Workshops and other events
  • Information on the FWSP website for local groups and the Friends Handbook
  • A subscription to the FWSP newsletter - Between Friends
  • Best Practices information provided by the FWSP website
  • ENews with the latest information on grants, Friends group info, events and mor

What do friends groups do?

Every year friends groups provide thousands of volunteer hours to help support the mission and activities of more than 80 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.

Join a friends group

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks welcomes the support of individuals and businesses who share a commitment to conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural and recreational areas of our state. Help keep Wisconsin's parks and forests places that all can enjoy, forever. By becoming a member of a friends group, you can support conservation and education in Wisconsin’s State parks, forests and recreation areas. If you're interested in becoming a friend of a particular property, 
An annual group membership with FWSP is only $25.00 per organization. By joining FWSP, your group will join a network of more than 75 local Friends groups statewide in their commitment to promoting and preserving the State Park System.
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What do the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks do?

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.