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About the Friends

The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park are a group of volunteers working together to support recreation, education and environmental stewardship in the park. We love this park and think it has a lot to offer, so let us show you the beauty that is Governor Dodge State Park!

Who are the Friends

If you really want to get to know the Friends, come to a meeting or join us during a work day!  See our Calendar for times and dates.

Current Fundraisers

We receive funds from many sources, including:

  • Donations and membership dues
  • Sales of items at the concession stand
  • Photo prints of the park
  • Collectable pins
  • Firewood bundles
  • Commemorative items like kiosks and benches

If you'd like more information about what we sell, or how to order a commemorative item, please Contact Us.

Future Goals

One of our main goals for 2012 include updating the 'You Are Here' signs throughout the trail system. The current signs are outdated and in dis-repair. This goal involves raising money for sign printing and posts. Once the signs and supplies are in, we will need help planting posts through the trails.

Another goal for this year and beyond includes providing funds to hire a Park Naturalist. The Naturalist will give programs, lead hikes and schedule guest speakers for the summer. You can help by donating funds or better yet, if you have a passion for a subject and would be willing to share, consider doing a program or a hike!

On-going goals include continuing annual events like Smokey's Birthday Party, a Candlelight Hike in the Fall and a Candlelight Ski in the Winter. We also take an active role in picking up litter in the park as well as adopting the highway out front of the park. We would like to continue to battle the invasive plants throughout the park, continue to aid the interpretive efforts of the park, and continue our fundraising through firewood sales. Any and all help is appreciated, from physical labor to fundraising and grant writing to painting. If you would like to help in any way, please Contact Us.

Candlelight Ski

An annual event that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter night. Learn more about our Candlelight Events. Hope to see you there!

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