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Who is Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Michael McFadzen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Policy chairperson, recently presented this four-minute segment with Wisconsin DNR Regional Partnership online meeting. 

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Patty Loosen
Winter greetings from Friends of Wisconsin State Parks! We have exciting things happening as we move forward into 2018. As the new Executive Director, I can report that we accomplished many things in 2017 and we have a number of new things happening in 2018. Here is what you can expect to see from FWSP this year — Work*Play*Earth Day events around the state at park system properties on April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, FWSP board members providing updates and event information at the Regional Friends meetings hosted by the parks bureau in February and March, the FWSP Incentive Grant program and the Trees & Flowers Grant program for local Friends groups during March and April for summer projects, and FWSP board members attending local Friends groups meetings around the state. We also want Friends members to “SAVE the DATE” for the next Friends Workshop on Saturday, November 10, 2018! We will continue to advocate for the needs of the WI state park system this year and many of our initiatives focus on ways to enhance the state park and trail visitors experience. Watch for a variety of programs to be offered when you visit state park system properties over the summer, as well as improvements around the state park system properties. Many thanks to the local Friends groups, who also work very hard to provide so many things that will make your visit memorable and enjoyable. Please consider joining us in this work by volunteering at a WPED event, joining a local Friends group or supporting our work with a donation on our website (Click here for Donating online) READ MORE…..
For the parks and trails
Patty Loosen Executive Director – Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

FWSP Announce 2018 Incentive Grant Application News

fowThe Friends of Wisconsin State Parks announced the 2017 Incentive Grant awards. Grants are awarded for up to 50% of project, position, or activity costs.  The other 50% of project costs are 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.
Grants are awarded to qualified Friends groups for naturalists and eligible interpretive programs, including but not limited to interpretive equipment, LTE Naturalists, nature education for children, exhibits, interpretive signage and other interpretive needs.

Incentive Grant Guidelines (Word)
Incentive Grant Application (Word)
Incentive Grant Closeout Report (Word)

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2018

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2018

In addition to tree planting, other activities taking place around the state includes installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments are often provided by the property’s friends group.
Volunteers clean up the boat launch picnic area at Mirror Lake State Park.
Photo Credit: DNR
Hours vary by event, but most begin either at 9 or 10 a.m. and run through noon or early afternoon.

Work*Play*Earth Day 2018

Saturday – April 14
  • Merrick State Park – Fountain City
Friday – April 20
  • Mirror Lake State Park – Baraboo
Saturday – April 21
  • Big Foot Beach State Park – Lake Geneva
  • Hank Aaron State Trail – Milwaukee
  • Heritage Hill State Historical Park – Green Bay
  • High Cliff State Park – Sherwood
  • Interstate State Park – St. Croix Falls
  • KMSF – Pike Lake - Hartford
  • KMSF – Southern Unit – Eagle
  • Kohler - Andrae State Park – Sheboygan
  • Newport State Park – Ellison Bay
  • Peninsula State Park – Fish Creek
  • Point Beach State Forest – Two Rivers
  • Potawatomi State Park – Sturgeon Bay
  • Red Cedar State Trail – Menomonie
  • Sunday – April 22
  • MacKenzie Center – Poynette
  • Saturday – April 28
  • Buckhorn State Park - Necedah
  • Copper Falls State Park – Mellen
  • Devil’s Lake State Park – Baraboo
  • Harrington Beach State Park – Belgium
  • KMSF – Northern Unit – Campbellsport
  • Perrot State Park – Trempealeau
  • Stower 7 Lakes State Trail – Amery
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park – Sturgeon Bay
Saturday – May 5
  • Hartman Creek State Park – Waupaca
  • Havenwoods State Forest – Milwaukee
  • Rib Mountain State Park – Wausau
  • Roche-A- Cri State Park – Friendship
  • Rock Island State Park – Washington Island
Friday – May 11
  • KMSF – Lapham Peak - Delafield