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2018 Gold Seal Award Contest

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
Gold Seal Awards

Ends  Friday, September 7, 2018

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are asking for your vote in this year's contest categories. If you are a camper, biker, hunter, hiker, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, trail, or recreation area in the categories below.
The winning parks, forests, trails, or recreational areas will be honored with a Gold Seal Award at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin’s parks, trails, and forests.
Contest ends Friday, September 7, 2018.

Click here to make nomination(s)

The 2018 categories are:
  • Best state park system property for eagle watching
  • Best state park system property for single – track mountain biking
  • Best state park waterfall
  • Best state park system property for stand- up paddle boarding
  • Best state park system property for school trips & presentations
  • Best state park system beach
  • Best dog-friendly state park system property
  • Best rock formations at a state park system property
  • Best state park system group camping area
  • Best rails-to-trails trail in the state park system
Patty Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator
608) 294-0810

Photo Contest for Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar 2019

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Photo 2018 Photo Contest

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) invites all interested individuals to enter their favorite state park, forest, trail or recreation area photo in our annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in the Fall of 2018.
There are so many opportunities to enjoy the Wisconsin state parks during all four seasons. We are looking for photo entries that include beautiful scenery along with people recreating and enjoying activities like hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, kayaking/canoeing, horseback riding, biking and exploring. (View Contest Rules)
This is the ninth year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has sponsored the photography competition.
  • Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin State Park, Forest, or Trail and cannot include illegal activities (i.e. camping in an unauthorized area). We are looking for photos that show scenes from the parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Wildlife photos will not score as high as scenery submissions.
  • Only horizontal images will be accepted.
  • Light edits/enhancements only — heavy effects or manipulations will not be considered.
  • Photos must be submitted electronically. All photos must be described on the contest entry form, which must be included with your photos.
  • An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject and include this with the submission.
  • Photographs previously published or pending publication, or photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright, are not eligible.
  • You may submit more than one photograph per season and up to four(4) total entries. We do not accept more than one contestant per email address.
  • Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
  • Photos must be the highest resolution possible — a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi.
By entering a photo, you are verifying:
  • The image is your own;
  • The photo has not been altered beyond light editing/enhancements.
  • The photo is not subject to any third party agreements;
  • No laws were violated in obtaining the photo.
How to Enter:
Internet access is required to participate in the contest. Participants must review the full rules before entering any photos. Photos must be submitted electronically. There is no entry fee to participate. No more than four(4) photos may be entered by any one person.
A panel of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Photo awards will be presented at the FWSP Annual Awards banquet to be announced later
Entries must be uploaded by Friday August 31, 2018, midnight
By participating in the contest, you hereby grant FWSP unlimited, non-exclusive, irrevocable permission to publish and reproduce your image in media including but not limited to the website, and promotional materials in perpetuity.perpetuity reserves the right to exclude any photo from the contest.

Please click here to enter your photo(s)

Patricia Loosen
Executive Director Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Work Play Earth Day 2018*

Work, Play, Earth Day Image

Celebrate Earth Day 2018 by volunteering at these locations:

***UPDATE****  Many of the April 20 & 21 events have been postponed or canceled due to the weather conditions - please contact the state park or trail property for the latest information.

Friday – April 20
Saturday – April 21
Saturday – April 28
Saturday – May 5
Saturday – May 12
Learn more about other Volunteer Opportunities with the Wisconsin State Park System. #OutWiGo

Volunteer Opportunities

Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, and Trails


The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are pleased to offer the 2018 TREES & FLOWERS grant funding again this year.  These grant funds are designated for planting flowers, trees and shrubs at state park, forest, trail and recreation area properties during spring 2018.  This money will be available to Friends groups to purchase plants/trees to enhance the park office entrance, the main property sign area or an area that is a high visibility area at the property.  There will be grants of $100 awarded to the local Friends groups – and they are encouraged to provide a match if possible, however they are not required to do so.  This has been a very popular project with Friends groups over the last several years.
FWSP would like each interested Friends group to send a grant request consisting of a short description of how they will use these funds, along with their contact information to   by Monday - May 7, 2018.
FWSP will review the Friends group grant requests and grants will be awarded shortly after for spring 2018 planting.  Those who are funded will be asked to agree to get all plantings done by June 15, 2018 and to send 1-2 photos of the plantings by the end of the summer, along with a short summary of their project to FWSP.
Please discuss this project opportunity with your property manager and apply for these grant funds if you have a project for spring 2018!
Please send the 2018 Trees & Flowers grant request by May 7, 2018 to:
FWSP: 608-294-0810

Thank you!
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Who is Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Michael McFadzen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Policy chairperson, recently presented this four-minute segment with Wisconsin DNR Regional Partnership online meeting.