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Whitefish Dunes State Park

Hartman Creek State Park

Rib Mountain State Park

Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine celebrates Friends Groups

The Summer edition of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine celebrates the Friends groups of Wisconsin parks, trails, forests, and natural areas. 

With a little help from our Friends
"As a young member of the Girl Scouts, my troop mates and I were nurtured by two great leaders, seasoned outdoors women keen on sharing their love of nature with eight squirrely girls....." More...

1989 Snapshot
Here's a look at the Friends landscape when the policy on Friends Groups was approved by the State Legislature 30 years ago. More...

Friends of Friends demonstrate the power of partnerships
Two key partners of the Wisconsin State Park System are the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  More...

Celebrating 30 years, Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program
At the same time of policy on Friends Groups was established in Wisconsin Administrative Code in 1989, the State Legislature also created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. More

Events enhance the visitor experience
State parks, forests, trails and recreation areas are the gems of Wisconsin's natural resources and often the doorway through which Wisconsin residents are introduced to the lakes, forests, rivers and other natural areas of our state. Parks and trails provide an opportunity for people to get outdoors and hike, camp, fish, ski, bike and recreate, and they are a place where wonderful memories are made. More

Share the fun of being a Friend
Jonathan Ringdahl, Friends of Perrot State Park
Greetings, park lovers! I have fond childhood memories of state parks, which have continued to be added to as a member of a local Friends Group. I remember my first visit on a school field trip to Perrot State Park. My experience was great due to a dedicated group of people caring for the park. More

 Find a group to get involved
 Do you have a favorite state park, forest, trail or recreation area? Want to have fun outdoors, make an impact or become a steward and give back? Consider supporting or joining a Friends Group today by volunteering for a project or an event. More 

Photo Contest for Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar 2020

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Photo 2019 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 2020 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in the Fall of 2019.
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 tenth 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 Tusday, September 3, 2019, 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.

Patricia Loosen
Executive Director Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

2019 Gold Seal Award Contest

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
Gold Seal Awards

Ends  Friday, August 30, 2019

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, 2019. 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, August 30, 2019.
The 2019 categories are:
  • Best state park concession for ice cream
  • Best state park for a family picnic
  • Best state park with a handicap accessible trail
  • Best state park with scenic bluffs
  • Best state park nature center for children’s activities
  • Best state park trail to view wildlife
  • Best state park beach to build a sandcastle
  • Best state park with rustic campsites
  • Best state park with a variety of fitness options
  • Best state park/trail for Winter recreation
Patty Loosen
Executive Director - Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
608) 294-0810

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.)