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2015 Gold Seal Award Winners Announced.

The 2015 GOLD SEAL Award contest is sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. The contest was open to all campers, bikers, hunters, hikers, anglers,  and park visitors of Wisconsin.
Each year, votes are made by the public, online, at The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Web site:  fwsp.org .
2015 Gold Seal Awards Winners:
  • Best trail to view wildflowers – Lapham Peak State Forest
  • Best place for a workout – Devil’s Lake State Park
  • Best place to camp with the family – Peninsula State Park
  • Best trail to ride/hike in the fall – Wyalusing State Park
  • Best place to view exhibits – Heritage Hill State Historical Park
  • Best place to view fungi – Willow River State Park
  • Best place to see migratory birds – Richard Bong SRA
  • Best dog beach – Whitefish Dunes State Park
  • Best accessible picnic area – Gov. Dodge State Park
  • Best place to find winter wildlife tracks – Gov. Thompson State Park
The award will be will be presented to a representative for each of the winning categories during  the 19th Annual Awards Banquet which will be held at Monona Terrace in Madison on Saturday – Nov. 14, 2015, from 5-8:30 pm.

Hero Award Nominations for 2015

heroawardMake your NOMINATION now thru October 19, 2015!
Each year, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks recognizes DNR land managers, individuals and Friends groups who have been instrumental in contributing time and energy at a state park, forest, or trail.
The HERO awards  recognize a DNR Land manager, a local Friends group and an Individual Friends member who has shown outstanding dedication to support state parks, forests, and trails
Nominations are open to all Wisconsin State Parks, Trails, and Forests - managers, members and Friends groups.
HERO awards will be presented at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks annual awards banquet at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center,  Madison, Wisconsin, on November 14, 2015.

Click here to nominate.

Wisconsin's Parks - See what you've been missing!

From biking, hiking and camping to kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding and more, the Wisconsin State Park System has something for everyone. Learn more here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/

Focus on Friends–Friends of Rib Mountain

Friends of Rib Mt 1200x300 banner w logo address 21.jpg  1200×290 Rib Mountain is the third highest point in Wisconsin at 1,942 feet above sea level and, at 741 feet above the surrounding terrain, is the tallest hill in Wisconsin. Established as a state park in 1934, a recent purchase of 257 acres from 3M Corporation increased park area to approximately 1500 acres. The top of the 60-foot observation tower is about 800 feet above the surrounding terrain and offers spectacular views.
The Friends of Rib Mountain is a group of volunteers organized for the charitable and educational purpose of assisting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to improve, preserve, and promote Rib Mountain State Park. Incorporated as a non-profit, 501c(3) corporation in 1993, the Friends have provided funding and manpower for many improvements and additions to the park including:
  • Development and mapping of hiking trails
  • Construction of the amphitheater
  • A 38 acre addition to the park
  • Development of interpretive panels
  • Development and printing of a Teacher’s Study Guide to Rib Mountain
  • Creation of an Endowment Fund for future improvements to the park
  • Equipment purchases for the park including a Case skid steer, a maintenance utility vehicle, and a wood splitter
  • Funding for lighting and parking projects
The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park also conduct numerous ongoing programs including: nature hikes, candlelight snowshoe hikes, summer music concerts, and naturalist programs.The operation of the concession stand at Rib Mountain is an ongoing project that helps raise funds to support the Friends activities.Friends Sponsored Activities
  • Naturalist programs
  • Summer concerts
  • Snowshoe hikes
  • Fund raisers for park improvements
  • Special programs
  • Fall festival
The Friends of Rib Mountain are currently in the planning phase for the development of an education and interpretive center for the park.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Rib-Mountain/1375094572756102

Focus on Friends–Friends of Sandhill

The Friends of Sandhill is an organization of interested persons from all backgrounds dedicated to furthering the interpretive, educational, and visitor service programs of Sandhill. Founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501©(3) corporation, all the activities and money raised are used to benefit Sandhill Educational/Demonstration Area and its visitors.
The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin. The property features low, sandy uplands of oak, aspen and jack pine forests, large marshes and many flowages. A small herd of American bison, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, Canada geese, ducks, loons, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, songbirds, hawks, owls and furbearers find a great home here at Sandhill.
The goals of the ‘Friends” are:
  • Sponsor and support interpretive and environmental education activities, seminars, lectures, and other activities that contribute to the interpretive and educational programs at Sandhill.
  • Provide for the distribution or sale of appropriate nature related materials such as books, shirts, or pamphlets.
  • Use any net profits at Sandhill Wildlife Area for the furtherance of its interpretive programs, facilities, resources, and trails.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SandhillOSC/timeline