Friends Regional Gatherings


Thank you for joining us!

Parks & Trails New York and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation hosted regional gatherings of Friends this Fall. The main goal of the Friends gatherings was to provide an opportunity for learning, networking and information-sharing among Friends groups and park staff. The last regional meetings were held in 2016 and more than 200 Friends and staff of New York State Parks and Historic Sites were in attendance. This included representatives from approximately 60 Friends groups, covering every region in the state.

Although we would love to see all the attendees in person, this year's regional meetings took place virtually over Zoom throughout October and November.

Four regional meetings were held on Thursdays in October and November. Each meeting was approximately 2 hours long, with one hour for updates and one hour for breakout sessions. During the first hour, attendees watched video messages from Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, and State Council of Parks Chair Lucy Waletzky, plus reports from regional directors and members of the State Parks executive team. PTNY also shared highlights from recent successful campaigns, updates on Park and Trail Partnership Grants and exciting upcoming initiatives. In the second hour, Friends had the opportunity to connect, brainstorm, and gain insights from peers on a variety of topics.

We hope that you, like us, found the program informative and engaging. We really appreciate your thoughtful questions, insights and engaging conversation during the breakout session. Here are the resources identified in the program:ark Advocacy

  • Park Advocacy Day 2021 Survey - we would greatly appreciate your insights to make our efforts a success. Please take the survey.
  • Friends-to-Friends Webinar Registration - our first of 3 webinars is coming up on Thurs. 11/19 at 4pm. You can register for as many of the sessions as you would like.
  • You Gotta Have Friends- If you would like to receive our quarterly eNewsletter for Friends groups, you can sign-up here.
  • If you have attended a Gathering and not yet provided your feedback about your experience, we would love to hear from you. Please fill out this survey.

Again, thank you for participating and please feel free to connect with us if you have any events to promote, questions to ask or ideas to share.