FWSP Incentive Grants Announced

FWSP Incentive grants totaling $23,985 and a match from Friends groups of $23,985+  for a total of $47,970+ in 2016 Naturalist projects and programs at parks, forests, trails and recreation areas

  • Bong Naturalist Assn. - Naturalist programs
  • Buckhorn Naturalist wages
  • Devil’s Lake purchase digital microscopes
  • Mead/McMillan Naturalist wages
  • High Cliff Naturalist wages
  • Navarino Nature Center Naturalist wages
  • Roche A Cri Naturalist wages
  • Blue Mound Naturalist wages
  • Merrick TURTLES Naturalist programs
  • Hartman Creek Naturalist wages
  • Kohler Andrae Naturalist programs
  • Gov. Dodge Naturalist programs
  • Lake Wissota Naturalist programs
  • Perrot Naturalist programs
  • Capital Springs SRA Naturalist & trails signs
  • Wyalusing Interpretive exhibits
  • Peninsula Nature programs
  • Potawatomi Nature programs
  • Mirror Lake Nature programs
  • Stower 7 Lake ST Interpretive signs & exhibit
  • Lapham Peak Nature education and exhibits
  • Rib Mountain Naturalist programs
  • Pike Lake Naturalist programs
  • Willow River winter snowshoe program
  • Havenwoods SF children’s garden project
  • Lakeshore SP Naturalist wages
  • Harrington Beach SP Naturalist programs

FWSP Trees and Flowers Grants Announced

FWSP Trees and Flowers grants totaling $1,600 from FWSP and $1,600+ in match from Friends groups = $3,200+ in 2016 beautification projects at parks, forests, trails and recreation areas

1. Friends of Fox River State Trail

2. Friends of Harrington Beach SP

3. Friends of Lapham Peak SF

4. Friends of Council Grounds SP

5. Friends of Red Cedar Trail/ Hoffman Hills

6. Friends of Gov. Dodge SP

7. Friends of Rib Mountain SP

8. Friends of High Cliff SP

9. Friends of Wyalusing SP

10. Friends of Stower 7 Lakes State Trail

11. Bong Naturalist Assn.

12. Friends of Peninsula SP

13. Friends of Badger State Trail

14. Friends of Chippewa River State Trail

15. Friends of Lakeshore State Park

16. Friends of Kohler Andrae State Park

Mirror Lake State Park Celebrates 50 Years!

screenshot-mail.google.com 2016-04-26 11-55-402016 will see the 50th anniversary of the opening of Mirror Lake State Park to the public. While the initial legislation establishing the park was passed five years prior, August 19, 1966 saw the first official visitors to the park. At that time a few trails, some campsites, and beach access to the lake were available for visitors. From those simple beginnings the park has grown to include almost 2200 acres of land holding 150 campsites, 19 miles of trail, a handicapped accessible cabin, beautiful overlooks, a boat landing, world class cross country ski trails, and public access to over 70% of the shore line of Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake State Park has seen steady growth in visitation, and many families returning year after year to experience all this beautiful place has to offer. We hope to see many future generations continue to build memories as we move into the second half of a century of outdoor recreation. There have been many private land owners, volunteers, visitors, and staff that have come before this current generation that made sacrifices of time, money, property, and certainly no small amount of blood, sweat, and tears, to leave us with the beautiful place we call Mirror Lake.

Make plans to join the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park and Department of Natural Resources staff as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the park’s opening on Saturday August 13, 2016 with a variety of activities to be held at the park amphitheater. Please contact the park office for more information and a list of activities.

A Note from FWSP President

Spring is here and activities at the state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas are getting started.  Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are looking forward to celebrating our 20th year as the umbrella organization for our 80+ Local Friends Groups.  If you, as a local Friends Group or as an individual member, have ideas on additional ways that FWSP can support your group, please let us know.

FWSP has the Tree and Flower grants and also Incentive matching grants available for your local Friends Group as financial help  for your local projects.  These projects along with many other Friends projects and programs help to enhance the visitors experiences and make them more enjoyable at the state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas.  If you can work it into your plan, invite park users to become involved and join in the experience of having pride and ownership in these great state park properties.  FWSP wants to thank all of the Local Friends volunteers and members for your great support.

As a follow up to the Informational Summits FWSP sponsored the last 2 years, we are planning an all day Summit/ Workshop in November for all of the Friends Groups - both local groups and our statewide members.  If youhave ideas on a special topic or a special presenter, please let us know. 

As you are planning your 2016 vacations please include the pristine Wisconsin State Park System as a destination or side trip.  You are invited to go to FWSP.ORG and get information about the Gold Seal winning properties to help you plan a trip to one of them and to see the highlightsof these special parks, trails and recreation areas.   As budget constraints are hitting the state park properties, they need our support more than ever.  When you are talking with friends and local political figures, please make one of the topics the state parks system and the huge financial impact they have on the Wisconsin economy.

Happy trails!

Bill Zager, Pres. FWSP