Friends of Lapham Peak
We’ve expanded our cross-country ski and snowmaking capabilities with additional trails, providing approximately 90 days of good quality snow with state-of-the-art equipment for a best-in-class ski-deck. We have privately contracted for prairie burns to assist our habitat restoration crews in their efforts to maintain natural prairies and woodlands – working in partnership with the DNR for approvals. We’ve expanded our Butterfly Garden and are planning an expansion of a memorial brick pathway through the Garden, while at the same time we have nearly 100 memorial park-benches placed throughout the park. And with great excitement, we have State approval to begin fundraising and architectural design for a new centerpiece Lodge to be located near our Evergreen Grove trailhead.
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofLaphamPeak/
Friend's Group: Friends of Wyalusing State Park
Contact Name: Randall Paske
Accomplishments, Events, etc: Naturalist, We will be having Smoky Bear's birthday party in August, Shakespeare in the Park in June, and our Harvest festival with pumpkin carving and live band in September.
Web page: http://www.wyalusingfriends.org
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofwyalusingstatepark
Hashtags: #fowharvestfest, #fowsmokybear, #fowshakespeareinthepark
Friend's Group: Wisconsin Friends Explore Challenge
Contact Name: Wisconsin Friends Explore
Accomplishments, Events, etc: 22 challenges for visitors of all Wisocnsin State Owned properties
Special: Watch the video from Channel Three. (Video mentions free admission for weekend of 6/5-6. No longer applies. Here is video link.
Friend's Group: Friends of Council Grounds State Park
Friend's Group: Friends of Peninsula State Park
Contact Name: Steve Strucely
Accomplishments, Events, etc: --Raised $750,000 towards the cost of the new Eagle Tower.
--Raised $360,000 for an addition to and upgrade of the Nature Center.
--Provided funding for interpretive signs, benches, and a kiosk at the new Eagle Tower.
--Entered into a partnership with the concessionaire at Nicolet Beach to receive a percentage of sales which will be used for park projects.
--Raising funds to replace the playground equipment at Nicolet Beach.
--Raising funds for Phase II of improvements to the Nature Center, including an amphitheater, accessible walkways, and expanded parking. Work on the amphitheater will begin in September 2021.
--Promoting tribute gifts, commemorative bricks, and bench donations to support park improvements.
--Funding a natural resources educator position during summer 2021.
--Providing volunteers for special events and grooming of ski and hiking trails.
--Selling merchandise to fund limited term (summer) employees and new equipment for the park.
--Maintaining two long-term funds at the Door County Community Foundation to support current and future programs and research at the park.
Friends of High Cliff State Park
Contact Name: Paul Stelter
Accomplishments, Events, etc: We built a new, ADA-compliant playground including upgrading surrounding infrastructure. In
tackling this project, The Friends of High Cliff State Park raised funds to build the playground, install a modern, low maintenance, cushioned play surface and remodel the adjacent restroom building to meet current ADA standards. Total expenditures for this reached nearly $200,000. Dedication is planned for July 14. Members of the Natural Resources Board, Secretary Cole and Governor Evers have been invited to attend.
We are currently installing new interpretive signage around Butterfly Pond Trail, and have just kicked off a major fundraising campaign, selling memorial plaques for placement at the trailhead sign for the signs and other future trail enhancements.
We've just received funding from a private foundation to upgrade and restore the welcome kiosk at the park entrance. We expect work to begin soon.
We have expanded sales of Friends of High Cliff merchandise (tee-shirts, caps and sweatshirts) to an off-site location (Dick's Family Foods in Sherwood). Our merchandise sales have been virtually non-existent because the park office remains closed and Dick's provides us an alternative resource.
We are planning a major fund-raising dinner on November 6, 2021. WBAY Channel 2 News
Anchor, Bill Jartz will emcee the event.
Friends of Lakeshore State Park
Partnered with The Black Box Fund on a special installation, “Cracking Art and Out of the Box” https://blackboxfund.org/
Provided supply funding for six beach bonfires”
The park was a host site for “Doors Open Milwaukee”
Secured grant funding for a park educator in 2022
Initiated a capital campaign for the future Visitor and Education Center
Friends of Devil's Lake State Park
Contact: Bernadette Greenwood, President
Friends of Interstate and Straight Lake Park.
Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks
Friends of Rock Island
Friends of Mirror Lake State Park
Contact Person: Anita Johnson, President
Accomplishments, Events, etc:
Playground updates at both Mirror Lake SP and Rocky Arbor SP
Sponsor a part time Naturalist at Mirror Lake State Park
Sponsor a fall "Fun Run"
Constructed a new Amphitheater and sponsor 4-5 music events each summer
Remodeled the Handicapped Cabin
Maintain the picnic tables at both parks yearly
Sponsor both Halloween and Winter hikes yearly
Purchase needed equipment for the park.
Create and maintain trails and campsites within the park.
Plan yearly Earth Day activities
Planning a new shelter project
Web Page: www.friendsofmirrorlake.org
Facebook Page: Friends of Mirror Lake State Park
Friends of Wildcat Mountain State Park
Contact Person: Marla Lind, Board Member
Accomplishments, Events, etc: Since 2015, we have been working hard preserving, improving and promoting Wildcat Mountain for the benefit of visitors, the ecosystem and the community.
What We’ve Achieved:
With our time and our money we’ve worked in some manner on every mile of trail in the park:
Erosion Control and Damage Repair
Invasive Species Management
Fallen Tree Clearing
At the family campground the Friends leveraged our money and time to secure a grant to pave the ADA campsite. In horse camp we did the same to install high lines, paddocks and manure pits. In both we do cleanup and invasive species management.
The Friends have facilitated and supported events like the Candlelight Ski and others to expand opportunities for visitors to recreate in new ways at the Park.
The Friends have partnered with local organizations like the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school district to provide outdoor nature-based educational opportunities in the Park. The Community Club in Ontario is a partner for the Candlelight ski event. We are partnering with Kickapoo Valley Reserve and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to establish a 13,000 acre Dark Sky area.
Protecting Native Species
The Friends actively monitor rare and threatened species in the park and do extensive invasive species control work to protect the native plants, insects, birds and mammals. We’ve adopted the embedded Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods State Natural Area for the same reason. We also maintain three dozen Bluebird houses.
We write grant applications and leverage our funds and labor to secure grants that support a wide variety of projects.
With miles of river within the park boundary, floods have a major impact on Wildcat Mountain. The Friends have spent hundreds of hours scouting for trash and removing debris from the natural areas adjacent to the river.
The firewood we sell is a major source of funding for the projects we execute and the matching funds for the grants we secure. Buying your firewood in the park directly supports all the work we do.
The clothing we sell with Friends logos and our commission on trail pass sales are a major source of funding for the projects we execute and the matching funds for the grants we secure. Look for us selling both at Horse Camp on Saturdays all summer and check out the clothing at the Park office.
Web Page: https://friendsofwildcatmountain.org/
Facebook Page: Friends of Wildcat Mountain State Park