Focus on Friends–Friends of Lakeshore State Park

No question about it, since its opening,  in 2007, Lakeshore State Park is a very busy park. There have been over 3,500,000 visitors. More than 150,000 people have participated in outdoor educational programs.  Through it all, The Friends of Lakeshore State Park have been there to preserve, enhance, and promote this very unique park.
In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to an urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan. It is the only urban state park. It is located on a man-made 17-acre island east of the Henry W. Maier Festival Park Grounds, Lakeshore State Park includes a 130-foot long pedestrian bridge, walking trails, docks and reservable overnight boat camping and fishing areas.
The Friends offer volunteer opportunities. Volunteering at the Park is a great way to make new friends, have fun and learn more about the Park and Lake Michigan. Opportunities include:

  • Park Ambassador – Greet and inform visitors about the Park, upcoming events and activities. Sign up for a shift on the weekend, weekdays or evenings. Location
  • Volunteer Naturalist – Assist Park staff in conducting educational classes and programs. A background in teaching and\or natural sciences is desirable but not required.
  • Citizen Scientist – Help the Park staff gather information on scientific endeavors at the park, such as bird surveys, water data or conducting visitor surveys.
  • Lakeshore Caretakers – Assist Park staff with the many projects required to operate and maintain a Wisconsin state park.
  • Special Events – Assist in the set up, operation and takedown of various events at the Park, such as the Urban Island Beach Party, Gathering Water’s Festival, Campfire on the Park, Winter Festival, and many more. Facebook: