From the FWSP Vice President

Summer is here and OutWiGo to enjoy Wisconsin Parks, Forests, Trails and Rec Areas. Go online at wiparks.net to find a listing of events and parks or pick up a Visitor Activity Guide at any DNR or park office which lists 76 areas with highlights of what they have to offer and a map with their locations. Try some of the places you have never been and discover the abundance of all Wisconsin has to offer.
Volunteer. Consider volunteering at any property. There are approximately 80 Friends groups in the state which provide many extras in our parks. You will meet a great group of hard-working people who may need a hand with a music/theater event, cleaning a trail, painting a shed or picnic table or assisting with a summer hike, a fall event or a winter ski hike. Offering to help for 2-4 hours is all that is needed to enhance our parks or if time is an issue make a monetary donation.
During the summer months, many parks have campground hosts who spend endless hours welcoming you, providing information, selling ice or wood, and cleaning up. Stop by and visit these people for great insights about the park and to thank them for their service. Also, remember the saying - Leave a campsite or picnic area cleaner than you found it.
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped during WPED (Work, Play, Earth Day). More than 30 areas had volunteers help clean the parks, campsites, trails, rec areas and waterways.
FWSP has just awarded $25,000 in Incentive Grants to 34 Friends groups which will match this amount and provide naturalists and programs. Another son primus $1900 was awarded for Tree and Flower Grants for planting trees and native plants. Again this will be matched by the local group. All of the money for these grants has come thru donations and fundraising. You may help by donating at fwsp.org.
Participate in FWSP contests. There is the Photo Contest and the Gold Seal Award Contest with deadlines of August 31 and September 7 respectively. Information about these contests and how to enter is at fwsp.org.
FWSP will be hosting their annual event at Monona Terrace in Madison on Saturday, November 10. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. All are welcome. There will be workshops in the afternoon with refreshments and program to follow. Please watch for more information.
Have Fun, Be Safe, take a picture and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Jan Primus Vice President Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
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Source: FWSP Summer 2018 Between Friends Newsletter