The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks became the first statewide non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the Wisconsin State Park System 26 years ago.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks works with the Department of Natural Resources and 38 State Park Groups, six State Forest Groups,  22 State Trail Groups, and 15 other State Groups as an advocate for our state parks and trails.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is guided by volunteer board of directors. The Board of Directors comes from every part of the Wisconsin.

In 2001, The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks began the popular tradition of hosting workshops for Friends groups. Since then there have been workshops held around the state bringing together groups, general members, and DNR staff for expert-led sessions, networking, and best-practice sharing. These workshops are great opportunities for local Friends and staff to see the productive work going on at a grassroots level and to learn from non-profit leaders and field staff.

Since its inception, FWSP has made it paramount to support the State Park System and its programs. This includes providing support to the Volunteer Jamboree every year, a major statewide recognition event for long-standing volunteers. It also includes administrative support for projects such as the State Parks & Trails strategic plan. We look forward to working more with the State Park System as it unveils and executes its
strategic plan this year.