Best Friends Group Website: Newport Wilderness Society

LocationNewport Wilderness Society recently was voted as having the Best Friends Group Website. Voters, made up of members of the Friends of Wisconsin Stand Parks, awarded the Gold Seal Awards to ten Wisconsin State Parks, trails and forests.  The awards were presented during the October Annual Banquet held at Horicon Marsh.
The Newport Wilderness Society was formed in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, educational organization serving Newport State Park as its official friends' group. NWS members volunteer in many ways upon requests from Newport State Park management. They provide qualified guides for interpretive nature hikes about natural history of trees, ferns, wildflowers, birds, butterflies and about human history of this area. They pull garlic mustard and phragmites. They manage blue bird trails and monitor monarch butterfly migration. They write and publish informational pamphlets and brochures, offer presentations on the meaning of wilderness, light candles and serve refreshments for the February candlelight ski, put on Newport Wilderness Day in September, manage this web site and more. Over the past 5 years, members raised funds to pay for construction and outfitting of the Hotz Wilderness Room, a part of the new Public Entrance Visitor Station [PEVS].
Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.
Newport State Park offers backpack camping for visitors. All campsites are hike-in and supplies must be carried into and out of campsites. Newport has 16 backpack (hike-in) campsites, 13 of which can be reserved.
Newport Wilderness Society Web site: http://www.newportwildernesssociety.org/