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2014 State Park and Trail Awards Banquet


You are Invited!
On Saturday – October 11, 2014, join the Friends of Wisconsin State parks and Friends members from around the state to celebrate 2014 accomplishments.
Enjoy an evening at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin.
Please join us to celebrate our 2014 State Park and Trail Awards. All Friends Groups and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks members, Park System staff and trail visitors are invited.
Please RSVP to to patricia.loosen@ wisconsin.gov (patricia.loosen@ wisconsin.gov ) by October 3, 2014.
Dinner: $20.00 donation requested the evening of the event. Vegetarian option is available. Please indicate with RSVP.
Anyone who wants to stay overnight that evening will need to book a hotel now – there are a lot of things going on that day in Madison – mainly a Badger home football game!  Click for list of Hotels
5:00 PM Social Time - Cocktails
5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Welcome Remarks:  Roger Putnam – FWSP President, Cathy Stepp – Secretary of Wisconsin DNR
7:00 PM Keynote Address: US Senator Tammy Baldwin – Invited Guest
7:15 PM Awards Presentation: HERO Awards, President’s Award, Gold Seal & Photo Contest Awards
8:30 PM Closing Remarks

Spirits of Wyalusing State Park

The Spirits of Wyalusing Past is an annual event sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing.  The free event is held on the last Saturday of September
Interesting, colorful, historical tid-bits of the area are presented by 'Spirits of Wyalusing Past'. The spirits are located near a 500 foot bluff, overlooking the night lights of Prairie du Chien, and the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.
Participants will need to be able to walk about 0.5 miles along a path lit by torches and hand-carved, lighted pumpkins. The pathway includes a few steps. Guides will walk along with each group lending assistance when needed.
A silent auction featuring quality hand-made items will also be held during the event. Included are one-of-a-kind, hand-made quilt with photos from Wyalusing State Park. Free refreshments are served at the conclusion of the event.
Wyalusing use funds raised from the event to assist with park projects as well as the Friends of Wyalusing Endowment fund. For more information, call the park office at (609)996-2261 with questions or visit the Friends of Wyalusing web site at www.wyalusing.org. This event may be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Last year's Spirits of Wyalusing Past was attended by over 250 people.
Wyalusing State Park is located in south western Wisconsin. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.wyalusingfriends.org or call the Park Office at (609)996-2261

The 2014 GOLD SEAL Award

The 2014 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 .
2014 GOLD SEAL AWARDS
  • Best Wedding venue – Heritage Hill State Historical Park (Link)
  • Best Concessions at a park – Peninsula State Park (Link)
  • Best place to Kayak/canoe – Mirror Lake State Park (Link)
  • Best place for quiet recreating – Newport State Park (Link)
  • Best self - guided nature trail – KMSF – Southern Unit (Link)
  • Best place to hike with children – KMSF – Lapham Peak (Link)
  • Best Family Friendly bike trail – Elroy Sparta State Trail (Link)
  • Best place to see a variety of birds – Richard Bong SRA (Link)
  • Best view from park/trail bench – Wyalusing State Park (Link)
  • Best place to see fireflies while camping – Gov. Thompson State Park (Link)
The award will be will be presented to a representative for each of the winning categories during  the 18th Annual Awards Banquet on October 11, 2014, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. 

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 and the annual Volunteer Jamboree.

2014 HERO Awards

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.
The 2014 HERO award winners are:

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HERO – Outstanding DNR land manager-Bob Ramsey – Wildcat Mountain


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HERO – Outstanding Friends group-Heritage Hill Foundation


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HERO -Outstanding Individual Friends Member-Kris Maki - Friends of Lapham Peak member for 26+ years

Nominations were open to all Wisconsin State Parks, Trails, and Forests - managers, members and Friends groups. Just under 100 nominations were received from the  online contest at The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Web site:  fwsp.org .
HERO awards will be presented at the 18th Annual Awards Banquet on October 11, 2014, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin.

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 and the annual Volunteer Jamboree.

Three Parks*

Guest author, Jonathan Ringdahl. has visited every Wisconsin state park. Periodically, Ringdahl submits a few articles containing his impressions of his visits. Presently living in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and dog. Ringdahl graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. He works with autistic kids by connecting them with nature.
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