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Wisconsin Friends Explore

"Everyone needs a friend..."

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is transitioning WI-GO Camping to Wisconsin Friends Explore. During March of 2020, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks premiered WI Go Camping. Beth Goeppinger was the park naturalist for Bong Recreation Area and the driving force for WI GO Camping. Beth contacted members of the FWSP Board and the Outreach Committee. Together, through many online meetings, WI GO Camping came about.

The mission of Wisconsin Friends Explore is to present the natural wonders of Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and natural areas through short videos mostly created by Wisconsin Master Naturalists and guest presenters.

Jonathan Ringdahl, a member of the FWSP outreach committee, is the emcee for Wisconsin Friends Explore. The show is written, planned and directed by a planning committee representing the FWSP and Wisconsin master naturalists..

"During the challenges of 2020 and 2021, everyone needs a friend", Ringdahl says with a smile. "This is one way our friends can share their passion for our Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreational areas."

"During the first year, the programs we presented continued to grow our viewers. We still have a few more programs to go before the end of the season." Randy Paske, outreach committee chair, says. "We constantly strive to reach our audience in new ways."

Who are the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks?

Tracking Wildlife at Hoffman Hills Recreation Area

A Wisconsin Master Naturalist, Barb Flom, uses a tic-tac-toe game board to draw wild animal prints found on snowy trails of Hoffman Hills Recreation Area in northern Wisconsin.

Barb has been an educator in roles including special education paraprofessional, teacher, school counselor, and professor. As a child, she grew to love the outdoors through family camping trips, summers at Girl Scout camp, and many hours exploring wild corners of her urban neighborhood. Although recently retired from the counseling faculty at UW-Stout, she continues to teach part-time and to learn about nature through Wisconsin Master Naturalist training, birding field trips, wilderness canoe tripping, and extended-family camping trips in Wisconsin's wonderful state parks.

Watch the video on our YouTube Channel at 1/31 Noon

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The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online sticker store will open the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Wisconsin Friends Explore video for Sunday, November 22, will introduce the packages that will be available.

The 2021 vehicle admission sticker will be offered on most of the special packages. But, that's not all!!!! There are special guides featuring, hiking, biking, cooking and camping ready to explore Wisconsin's state parks, trails, forests, and recreational areas.

Everyone of the packages make for great gifts for, not only you, but for anyone in your family, your friends, and even your business colleagues.

The video features a few of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members and the Executive Director, Patricia Loosen.

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