Conservation Grants Due September 1st*

unnamedThe Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin's conservation grant programs provide matching grants of up to $1,000 for conservation and environmental education projects. The deadline is September 1st. For more information and to apply, visit wisconservation.org.

C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program Since 1990, the C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program has provided nearly $500,000 in small grants to hundreds of organizations working on conservation in Wisconsin. Grants up to $1,000 are awarded to projects that involve management and restoration of Wisconsin's natural resources, and/or contribute to knowledge about Wisconsin's natural resources through education and outreach. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, government agency, or school. The deadline is September 1st.

Teachers' Outdoor Environmental Education Fund This grant program provides small grants up to $1,000 for public school teachers (K-12) for outdoor environmental education projects. The fund was created by Foundation member Pete Ostlind, in memory of his wife, Sue Spaeth, a Wisconsin native and elementary school teacher. The deadline is September 1st.

unnamed (1)Malcolm Shabazz City High School students on an outing to the Black Earth Creek to learn about stream ecology first-hand. This project was funded in part by the Teachers' Outdoor Environmental Education Fund. Photo by Caitlin Williamson.(Photo – Right)

Need inspiration? Take a look at some of the projects we've funded in the past:
  • Leading field trips to learn about local stream ecology and assess water quality
  • Restoring native habitat at school forests
  • Conducting bioblitzes and species inventories
  • Teaching students how to use GPS and geocaching through outdoor exploration
  • Creating butterfly and rain gardens with students Practicing math and science through outdoor learning experiences
  • Restoring native landscapes and removing invasive species
  • Developing marketing materials for conservation programs Promoting public environmental and conservation outreach initiatives
  • Monitoring rare and threatened wildlife and plant species

Caitlin Williamson
Program & Development Coordinator
(608) 266-1430
E-mail me

Winter and Fall Entries Needed for 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar

Winter and fall photos are needed for the upcoming 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar. 
"With only three weeks left in our photo contest, now is the time to look through your digital photo albums of winter and fall shots," says Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.
Wisconsin state park properties and the many friends groups across the state sponsor many events throughout the winter and fall that  provide photo opportunities.
The 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar will be featured as part of the December 2016
issue of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. It will also be featured as an item in the online store. 2014 was the first year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar was included in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.
Submissions are only accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. 
Winners will be notified in September 2016 and invited to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.
Winning photos will appear in the 2014 FWSP calendar, tentatively set to release October, 2013.

"Details on the photo contest are available on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website,

Photo Contest for Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar 2017

pcoABAqcEThe Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are excited to announce their photo contest for the 2017 calendar!  The Friends are excited to announce a longer contest to allow photos for all seasons.You may submit your entries from now through Wednesday August 31, 2016, midnight. 
The 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar will be featured as part of the December 2016 issue of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. It will also be featured as an item in the online store.
This is the eigth year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has sponsored the photography competition.
  • Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin State Park, Forest, or Trail and cannot include illegal activities (i.e. camping in an unauthorized area). We are looking for photos that show scenes from the parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Wildlife photos will not score as high as scenery submissions.
  • Only horizontal images will be accepted.
  • Light edits/enhancements only — heavy effects or manipulations will not be considered.
  • Photos must be submitted electronically. All photos must be described on the contest entry form, which must be included with your photos.
  • An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject and include this with the submission.
  • Photographs previously published or pending publication, or photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright, are not eligible.
  • You may submit more than one photograph per season and up to four(4) total entries. We do not accept more than one contestant per email address.
  • Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
  • Photos must be the highest resolution possible — a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi.
By entering a photo, you are verifying:
  • The image is your own;
  • The photo has not been altered beyond light editing/enhancements.
  • The photo is not subject to any third party agreements;
  • No laws were violated in obtaining the photo.
How to Enter:
Internet access is required to participate in the contest. Participants must review the full rules before entering any photos. Photos must be submitted electronically. There is no entry fee to participate. No more than four(4) photos may be entered by any one person.
Judging:
A panel of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Photo awards will be presented at the FWSP Annual Awards banquet to be announced later
Deadline:
Entries must be uploaded by Wednesday August 31, 2016, midnight
By participating in the contest, you hereby grant FWSP unlimited, non-exclusive, irrevocable permission to publish and reproduce your image in media including but not limited to the, website, and promotional materials into perpetuity.perpetuity reserves the right to exclude any photo from the contest.

Please click here to enter your photo(s)

Direct any questions about the Photo Contest to:
Randy Paske
Board of Directors
wiparksfriends@gmail.com


or
Patricia Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator
patricia.loosen@wisconsin.gov
608-264-8994

2016 Gold Seal Award Contest


Call for Nominations:
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are asking for your vote in this year's contest categories. If you are a camper, biker, hunter, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, or trail in the categories below.
The winning parks, forests and trails will be honored with a Gold Seal Award at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 20th Anniversary & Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin’s parks, trails, and forests.
This year, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have named the following categories:
  • Best park/trail to visit in all 4 seasons
  • Best backpack campsite
  • Best park/trail for adventure sports
  • Best remote state park
  • Best trail with interpretive signage
  • Best “First Day Hike"
  • Best park/trail with an overlook of the property
  • Best park/trail for kids to complete he Explorer Books
  • Best display of maple trees in the fall
  • Best park to offer naturalist programs for campers & visitors
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks work to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.

Click to make your nominiation.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen – Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator
patricia.loosen@wisconsin.gov
(608) 264-8994