Friends Groups in general / Friends of Crowell Hilaka
What is a Friends Group?
A Friends Group is an organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting a park, landmark, or a civic organization. According to the National Park Service, “Friends groups are generally defined as nonprofit, 501c3 tax-exempt organization established primarily to support a specific park area or group of parks…Friends groups benefit parks in various ways, such as conducting fundraising efforts, providing volunteer services, assisting with resource management and preservation, and publicizing important issues.”
Friends groups partner with owners or governing boards to leverage scarce resources and enhance services.
National Parks director Jon Jarvis comments on the contributions of Friends’ Groups to the success of National Parks. See blog post by Deb Yandala, CEO of CCNVP April 21, 2016.
A few local examples:
Friends of the Crooked River http://www.cuyahogariver.net/riverday.htm
Friends of the Cleveland Public Library https://friendscpl.org/
Friends of Metroparks ( Summit County) http://www.friendsofmetroparks.org/who-we-are.html
The Friends Group for the CVNP is called "Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park http://www.conservancyforcvnp.org/about
Friends of Beaver Creek State Park http://www.friendsofbeavercreekstatepark.org/about.html
Friends groups across the country
Friends of Arcadia http://friendsofacadia.org/
Friends of Archefoacp.org/s and Canyonlands Parks foacp.org/
Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore www.fccns.org
Friends of the Forest Sedona http://www.friendsoftheforestsedona.org/About-Us.html
Friends of Galveston Island State Park https://fogisp.wordpress.com/
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/
Trust for the National Mall nationalmall.org/about
Friends of the Smokies ( Great Smoky Mountains NP ) http://friendsofthesmokies.org/
Yosemite Conservancy https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/
And outside the country
Friends of Alquonquin Park http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/
“Friends Groups are established to help support interpretive, educational , and scientific activities through fundraising, membership programs, friendraising, and awareness building.”
“ The only problem with Friends groups in the National Park Service is that there aren’t enough of them” - Curt Buchholtz, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Nature Center.