NYS Park Friends

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Friends organizations are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state park system. These nonprofit organizations—oftentimes made up entirely of volunteers—clear trails, paint buildings, build kiosks, leading interpretive programs, and raise significant money for capital projects.

By building the community of park supporters, we can ensure that New York's parks and conservation legacy remains intact. If you are involved with a Friends group that supports one of New York's 215 state parks and historic sites, read below for resources to help build and strengthen your organization.

State Park Friends Groups

Allegheny State Park Historical Society
Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc.
Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance (Hoyt House)
The Caumsett Foundation
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
Council of Park Friends (Clark Reservation State Park)
Friends of Brookhaven State Park Alliance
Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve
Friends of Chenango Valley State Park
Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Friends of East River State Park
Friends of Evangola State Park
Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks
Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks at Hunters Point
Friends of Glimmerglass State Park
Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park
Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park
Friends of Higley Flow State Park
Friends of the Ithaca Dog Park at Allan H. Treman Marine State Park (TCDOG)
Friends of Knox Farm State Park, Inc.
Friends of Letchworth State Park
Friends of Long Point State Park
Friends of Midway State Park
Friends of Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Friends of Moreau Lake State Park
Friends of Peebles Island State Park
Friends of Point Au Roche State Park
Friends of Robert Moses State Park Nature Center, Inc.
Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park
Friends of Robert V. Riddell State Park
Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain
Friends of Sampson State Park
Friends of Sampson Marina
Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park
Friends of Schodack Island State Park
Friends of Sterling Forest State Park
Friends of Taconic State Park
Friends of Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks
Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct
Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Inc.
Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse
Nissequogue River State Park Foundation
The Palisades Parks Conservancy
Riverbank Partnership
Walkway Over the Hudson

Historic Sites Friends Groups

Darwin Martin House Restoration Corporation
Friends of Clermont State Historic Site
Friends of Fort Ontario
Friends of Ganondagan
Friends of Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Friends of John Jay Homestead
Friends of Johnson Hall
Friends of Lorenzo
Friends of Mills Mansion
Friends of Philipse Manor Hall
Friends of Schoharie Crossing
Friends of Schuyler Mansion
Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
Hyde Hall, Inc.
John Brown Lives!
John Burroughs Association
Old Fort Niagara
Planting Fields Foundation
Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
The Olana Partnership
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Ways in which we support Friends Groups

Showing Parks Love

PTNY organizes the annual I Love My Park Day, in partnership with State Parks, when friends and neighbors of New York’s state parks and historic sites participate in cleanup, beautification, and stewardship events and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

Speaking out for Parks

PTNY encourages Park Friends groups and members to educate legislators and decision-makers about the importance of state parks and historic sites to our state’s economy, health and quality of life through sign-on letters, action alerts, and Park Advocacy Day in Albany, which we organize in partnership with the Alliance for New York State Parks.

Spreading the word about parks and the contribution of Friends groups

PTNY publishes the quarterly You Gotta Have Friends e-newsletter, which provides tips and timely information for state park Friends and supporters. We also post news about parks and Friends groups through Facebook, Twitter and our blog. Subscribe.

Supporting Friends groups with grants, one-on-one assistance, information sharing & fiscal admin

PTNY also provides direct support to Friends groups:

  • Through a competitive application process, PTNY awards Park and Trail Partnership Program capacity-building grants to Friends groups for help with outreach, membership development, communications and other organization-building projects.
  • Through PTNY’s Fiscal Agent Program we assist fledgling Friends groups by providing a means for them to do fundraising and collect grant monies without going through the arduous process of gaining tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
  • .Our online Friends Resource Kit includes links to resources and tips to help build your organization.
  • Use the Discussion Forum to communicate and network with other NYS park and historic site Friends groups

What Are Your Friends Up To? SUBMIT AN EVENT

Friends groups and State Park staff work hard to create programs that showcase our great outdoors and heritage. To learn about all the wonderful events at NYS parks and historic sites, click below: