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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.
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
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

Patricia Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator

Incentive Grant Program

*Formerly known as the Affinity Naturalist Grant

Who May Apply

Eligible Friends groups must be non-stock, nonprofit corporations described under Section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue  Code and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a).  In addition,  the group must have formed to raise funds for a state property and  also have a written Friends agreement with the Department of Natural Resources.
Eligible Friends groups must also be current members of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP).  In order to be a current member of FWSP the Friends group must have their 2016 membership dues paid before grant applications are processed.  If 2016 membership dues have not been paid, please send a $25 check to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks with the grant application. Friends Renewal Form

Each form above, is a Word document. Download the document to the computer. Complete it. Save it.

Either email it too:

or send it to:
Patricia Loosen
Outreach Coordinator for the State Parks of Wisconsin
101 S. Webster Street  PR6
Madison, WI  53707

How Much Money Is Available?

Each Friends group may apply for up to a $1,000 grant.

Grant Awards

Grants are awarded for up to 50% of project, position, or activity costs.  The other 50% of project costs shall be provided by the project sponsor (Friends group).  Up to 50% of the sponsor’s share of project costs may be non-cash donations such as materials, equipment use, services or labor.  Grants awards will be announced in early Spring 2016.

What Projects Are Eligible?

Grants are awarded to qualified Friends groups for Naturalist and Eligible? Interpretive programs, including but not limited to interpretive  equipment, LTE Naturalists, nature education for children, exhibits, interpretive signage and other interpretive needs.

Friends of Peninsula State Park Research Endowment Fund

Friends of Peninsula State Park is seeking grant proposals for its Research EndowmentFund. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an accredited Wisconsin college or university. Past research at the park has included deer exclosure surveys, aherpetological survey, mapping Lake Iris ( Iris lacustris) , clay analysis related to historic pottery, and assessing the presence of oak wilt in the park. For complete information and application forms go to

important deadline from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

important deadline from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin regarding quiet trail development in Wisconsin: The  application and eligibility guidelines for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s 2016 call for proposals for the Norma & Stanley DeBoer Quiet Trails Fund.  The fund provides grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to manage walking trails open to the public on public land.
The primary purpose of this fund is the creation and maintenance of walking trails open to the public on public lands, including, but not limited to the following activities: identification or trail locations; surveying; purchase of materials; construction; clean-up activities; repairs of trail surfaces, railings, or existing signage; and fees for necessary professional services, and the secondary purpose is the enhancement and promotion of walking trails accessible to the public on public lands, including, but not limited to: habitat improvement adjacent to the trail; development, creation and installation of directional or explanatory signage and trail guide booklets; and modest costs of events designed to increase awareness and/or use of walking trails. Eligible organizations include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, or 501(c)(3) organizations. The fund cannot be used for activities associated with any trail open to motorized vehicles (except authorized maintenance or construction vehicles, or motorized equipment for the disabled). This includes, but is not limited to: trails for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and motorcycles.
To apply, send your completed application to by February 1, 2016. Please share with others who may be interested, and let me know if you have any questions.
Caitlin E. Williamson
Program & Development Coordinator
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Quarterly Meeting

The first quarterly meeting in 2016,  for the Board of Directors of Wisconsin State Parks was held in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, January 23, 2016.  All of the FWSP board members traveled from the corners of Wisconsin to attend the four hour meeting. 
Mike McFadzen became the fourteenth member of the board in 2016 and began a three year term.
The board members heard from Ben Bergay, the newly appointed Parks Bureau Director and
Bill Zager, board president, provided updates.  Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator reported on:  the online store, Work Play Earth Day, The Big Share event, grants available for Friends groups (More information is coming on the web page.), and upcoming FWSP board meetings.  The FWSP 2016 Photo Contest will begin accepting entries for the contest on Feb. 1, 2016 and the contest closes on Aug. 31, 2016.  Photos will be selected for the 2017 FWSP State parks calendar.
Committee reports included:
  • Policy Committee
  • Finance
  • Outreach
  • Membership/Services

Considerable discussion  centered around the Strategic Plan for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. (More information will be forthcomming.
Finally, the board discussed the 2016 Friends Summits and workshops.

Direct any questions to:
Bill Zager
Presdient FWSP
Patricia Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator