Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park, Inc.

Our friends group began on February 23, 1987
Members of the local Audubon Society had been active with volunteering at the Sanderling Nature Center at Kohler-Andrae. Park Superintendent, Jim Buchholz suggested that a friends group be formed. Articles of incorporation were drawn up and filed. In October 1987, Fran Grandlic attended a meeting and was asked to be president. She accepted and was president for twenty years. In January 1988, the articles of incorporation were accepted by the State of Wisconsin. Some of the early members loaned money to the group to purchase books and clothing to sell at the park because the group had no money at the beginning. In January, 1989, the friends received the IRS certificate of exemption as a 501 (c) (3) organization.
At present there are approximately 130 members in our group. The one problem we have that most other organizations have is attracting younger members. Young people just don’t seem to want to join anything. I am a member of several other organizations and all have the same problem.
  • Activities;
Our group has been involved with coordinating volunteers and staffing the Sanderling Nature Center. We have made improvements both at the Nature Center and throughout the park since we were organized. We have done many of the improvements using Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund grants. Some of the earliest were air conditioning, an epoxy floor, and a video projector at the Nature Center. We provide all the funding for the programs at the park because there is no State funding available. Other projects have included an outdoor shelter, playground equipment, a Kubota UTV for the camp hosts, a $125,000 accessible cabin, and a 110.000 fishing pond.
  • Events
We staff a summer candlelight hike and two winter candlelight ski/hikes. There also is a Halloween guided hike with themed characters on the trail. There is also pumpkin carving, nature crafts, and a story teller around the campfire for this event. The last Halloween hike had more than 750 attendees. These are the most popular events at the park. There are activities on weekends from May through October.
  • Getting the word out
We have brochures for the friends group available at the park office and at the Nature Center. There is a notice about the friends group in the park newspaper and in all the bulletin boards in the park.
  • We tell the community about our events through news releases to the local newspaper and radio stations. We have a website for our group; www.friendsofkohler-andrae.com and we are on Facebook at; Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park.
  • About Kohler-Andrae
LocationKohler-Andrae State Park is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, about five miles south of Sheboygan Wisconsin. There are dunes along the entire shoreline of the park. We have camping, swimming in Lake Michigan, hiking, biking, picnicking and just plain relaxing. It is a pedestrian friendly park with a four foot wide biking /walking lane along both sides of the main park road. About 450,000 visitors come to the park every year.