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2019 FWSP Incentive Grants

March 11, 2019

Dear Friends group members,

Below you will find the guidelines and application for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 2019 Incentive Grant. Also - FWSP is pleased to offer the opportunity for Friends groups to apply for the 2019 New User Grant this year, in addition to or instead of the main 2019 Incentive Grant.

2019 Incentive Grant: Friends groups are invited to apply for up to $1,000 for the 2019 Incentive Grant, with an equal amount in Friends match. This grant can be used for things such as Naturalist programs, exhibits, interpretive signage, or for naturalist time at the park system property during the spring, summer, and fall of 2019. Grant funds are limited and awards will be based on the applications that are ranked highest based on the grant priorities.

2019 New User Grant: Friends groups are also invited to apply for a limited number of 2019 New User Grants. Up to $1,000 will be awarded to projects that are designed to bring new users to your state park system property, above and beyond any programs that might already be in place. Friends groups are expected to match any funds received under the New User Grant as well. In addition, you will need to describe the methods that you will put in place to document and quantify your success in reaching new users.

Examples of qualifying projects could include:
  • Paying for transportation for children to visit a state park and go on a naturalist-guided hike
  • Hosting a program specifically designed for first-time park system visitors.
  • Purchasing recreation equipment to expose new users to outdoor activities such as camping fishing, birdwatching or others, that they have not experienced previously.
New User Grant award priority will be given to:
  1. Projects that are designed to provide Environmental education for new users
  2. Projects that target underserved populations such as: urban confined folks, seniors, disadvantaged children, handicapped
  3. Projects that offer new outdoor recreation experiences for new state park system visitors
Friends groups that intend to apply for both the 2019 Incentive Grant and the New User Grant may pair the grants to fund a single program that brings new users to their property or can apply for separate projects in one or both of the grant categories. There is a limited amount of grant funding in each category so the Incentive Grant applications and the New User Grant applications will be ranked and awarded based on the priorities listed and grant application criteria. Please refer to the Grant Guidelines for additional information. See reverse side for 2019 Grant application submittal options.

2019 Incentive Grant and New User Grant Close-Out report forms are available online at and will be due by Nov. 1, 2019.

For any questions, please email:

Both 2019 Incentive and New User Grant Applications must be received by Monday- April 15, 2019

Please mail your Friends group application to:

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
P.O. Box 2271
Madison, WI 53701-2271

Or email to

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2019

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2019

In addition to tree planting, other activities taking place around the state includes installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments are often provided by the property’s friends group.
Volunteers clean up the boat launch picnic area at Mirror Lake State Park.
Photo Credit: DNR
Hours vary by event, but most begin either at 9 or 10 a.m. and run through noon or early afternoon.
Contact your local park/forest/trail/recreation area to volunteer.

Work*Play*Earth Day 2019

Saturday – April 13, 2019

  • Mirror Lake State Park – Baraboo

Saturday – April 20, 2019

  • KMSF – Pike Lake - Hartford
  • Kohler – Andrae State Park – Sheboygan
  • Peninsula State Park – Fish Creek
  • Perrot State Park – Trempealeau
  • Potawatomi State Park – Sturgeon Bay
  • Wyalusing State Park – Bagley
Monday – April 22, 2019

  • MacKenzie Center – Poynette

Saturday – April 27, 2019

  • Buckhorn State Park – Necedah
  • Devil’s Lake State Park – Baraboo
  • Hank Aaron State Trail – Milwaukee
  • Harrington Beach State Park – Belgium
  • High Cliff State Park – Sherwood
  • Interstate State Park – St. Croix Falls
  • KMSF – Southern Unit – Eagle
  • Lakeshore State Park – Milwaukee
  • Newport State Park – Ellison Bay
  • Point Beach State Forest – Two Rivers
  • Rib Mountain State Park – Wausau
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area – Kansasville
  • Stower Seven Lakes State Trail – Amery
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park – Sturgeon Bay
  • Wildcat Mountain State Park – Ontario

Saturday – May 4, 2019

  • Hartman Creek State Park – Waupaca
  • Havenwoods State Forest – Milwaukee
  • KMSF – Northern Unit – Campbellsport
  • Merrick State Park – Fountain City
  • Roche-A-Cri State Park – Friendship

Saturday – May 11, 2019

  • Copper Falls State Park – Mellen
  • KMSF – Lapham Peak - Delafield

Shop Online - Give the Gift of Recreation

Welcome to The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store for 2019. 
Ordering online makes shopping very easy. Orders are processed and shipped within 1-2 business days via USPS. 
The 2019 state park vehicle admission stickers and trail passes make great gifts. They are gifts that can be used every day, all year long, all around the state at our beautiful Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store uses PayPal. You can shop with or without a PayPal account. (Click to Shop online.)

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.