Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine celebrates Friends Groups

WISCONSIN STATE PARK SYSTEM CELEBRATES THREE DECADES OF SUPPORT FROM DEDICATED FRIENDS GROUPS. SPECIAL SECTION: A milestone for Friends Groups Stories by Janet Hutchens, DNR's Friends Group and Volunteer Coordinator

The Summer edition of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine celebrates the Friends groups of Wisconsin parks, trails, forests, and natural areas. 
Below find a few excerpts from the featured edition: 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