Local Friends Groups

With the help of a grant from the Bender Family Foundation, we want to extend our resources to volunteer “Friends” groups that care for local parks, historic sites, trails and green spaces in the Capital District.


Until now we have focused on New York State Park and Historic Site Friends groups by offering capacity building, resources, and technical advice. We want to extend those services to Friends groups of local parks and greenspaces.

Join us this fall for a networking event for Capital Region Friends!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16th, 5-7pm

WHERE: 625 Broadway, Albany, NY (First Floor Conference Room)


  • Roundtable discussion (hosted by Parks & Trails NY)
  • Presentation about "real world" obstacles to building a nonprofit and increasing membership (hosted by the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON))
  • Networking with other Capital Region parks friends groups
  • Review and discussion of Friends Group Survey results


In order to help you better, we have designed an online survey to gather information about Capital Region Friends groups. Please share your experiences by completing the survey.