Focus on Friends–Friends of Governor Dodge State Park*

A little time with Friends   Photo Album   FOGDSPThe Friends of Governor Dodge State Park are a group of volunteers working together to support recreation, education and environmental stewardship in the park.
The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park receive funds through Firewood Sales, donations and membership dues, sales of items at the concession stand, collectable pins, and memorial benches.
The Friends’ are proud to help sponsor the Park Naturalist.  To help the naturalist,  the Friends’ are working to restore and upgrade the amphitheater.
On-going goals include continuing annual events like Smokey's birthday party, a candlelight Hike in the Fall and a candlelight ski in the Winter.  Friends’A new firewood splitter   Photo Album   FOGDSP volunteers also take an active role in picking up litter in the park as well as adopting the highway out front of the park. The Friends also continue to battle the invasive plants throughout the park, continue to aid the interpretive efforts of the park, and continue our fundraising through firewood sales.
On May 21, 2009, The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park signed into action an endowment fund. This fund will become another important source of financial support for the Friends. (
LocationGovernor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350acres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.
There are many ways to volunteer.
Pitch In at the Park - The second Saturday of every month during the summer. Volunteers come together for volunteer work days to do environmental and natural area restoration projects. Volunteers meet at the park maintenance building at 9:00 AM or otherwise posted. See our calendar for work days.
Pull Garlic Mustard or other invasives - Garlic Mustard is an invasive species that chokes the under story of the forest. By pulling the plants in early spring, we can start to get this menace under control. Other invasives include Sweet Clover, Wild Parsnip, Honeysuckle and Autumn Olive.
Litter Patrol - Wherever you see it, pick it up. The Friends also participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program to control litter on Hwy 23 in front of the park. During the summer, you can ask the park office for reflective vests and trash bags.
Painting - The park always needs things painted and touched up. From picnic tables to sign posts. The park has the paint, they just need a few hands. On occasion, there are signs that need to be painted. This involves painting the white letters and can be done sitting at the shop or even enjoying the view of one of the lakes.
Naturalist Programs - Do you have a passion that you want to share? Consider leading a hike, doing a nature craft on a Saturday afternoon or even a talk at the amphitheater.

*Author: R. Paske, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, Trails, Forests, and Recreational Areas
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