Wisconsin Friends of State Parks announce the kick- off of a major public fundraising and engagement effort. The new campaign aims to increase the support that FWSP can provide in order to preserve, promote, protect and enhance Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have been providing project grants to local park property Friends groups for 10 years, in order to provide a better experience for state park and trail visitors around the state. FWSP has just celebrated 20 years as a nonprofit 501C3 organization and they have set out to broaden what they do and increase their impact around the state. They fund educational programs throughout the park season, provide funding for workshops, the planting of trees and flowers at parks and trails. FWSP would like to expand programs that bring children to state parks and trails to learn and experience nature through this fund raising campaign.
"The organization’s mission and values have defined FWSP for 2 decades. The tax deductible donations of the public and state park visitors and supporters of this fund raising effort will help ensure that FWSP will continue to meet its challenges and commitments. This effort will keep state parks vibrant and to allow for park and trail users to have an enjoyable experience," says Bill Zager, president. "The FWSP fund raising campaign will sustain our commitment to outdoor education and nature program excellence. The campaign will advance our position as a steward of funds to educate park users as well to preserve, promote, protect and enhance the beautiful Wisconsin state park properties."
“This campaign is about the people who come to the Wisconsin state parks- the experience they have here, and the memories that they create and leave with”
The campaign will raise funds to support the following FWSP priorities:
Innovative education programs for visitors of all ages at state parks
Native Trees and Flowers planting projects at state parks/trails
Children & Youth Adventure program
Park/Trail recreation improvements project
New physical and emotional health and wellness programs for all ages
FWSP Endowment Fund