Winter 2018-2019 Featured Resources

Communicate effectively … utilize The Language of Conservation!

How you say it makes a difference … learn what resonates with the public!

2018 Rendezvous at Partners in the Outdoors Conference

On May 9th, individual State Parks Friends groups attended the 2018 Rendezvous at the Partners in the Outdoors conference in Breckenridge. Julia Alvarez was the guest speaker and led the group in discussing grant strategy. Read the summarized highlights and starter questions that can get your organization prepared for applying to grants that match your mission.


Winter 2017-18 Featured Resource: Leave No Trace Efforts

With the announcement that the Colorado Tourism Office is partnering with Leave No Trace for some new statewide campaigns, we've also seen local state parks like Roxborough join the Leave No Trace initiative as well. This is an example of key stewardship ethic and educational outreach that a local Friends group could focus some projects on in 2018.  We'll be updating this page with new ideas around this concept in the coming months.  Stay tuned, and leave no trace! _______________________________________________________________________

Additionally, our 2017 downloadable PDF is a compilation of online resources we research and update each year that will likely have pertinent information for building your local Friends group. Select a topic in the resource guide that most fits your needs and link directly to that section.  If you still have a question or need more after reading through this, please let us know.  And If you have a resource to share, please email us with that as well as we are always looking for new information and informative best practices.

There is a wealth of information available out there on the subjects of volunteer management and training, nonprofit organization development, support, and governance, and fund development and finance. We have concentrated on providing information about Colorado organizations that can support you, along with a few national groups. These resource pages aren't conclusive, but we hope they're a nice start!

Recent Featured Resources:

- Grant Writing Tips from NEEF and Community Centric-Fundraising from Gunnison Community Resource Center

- The Colorado Parks Foundation Spring Grant Cycle: read the welcome letter here and review the grant guidelines here ... and then apply for the grant (it's easy compared to many grants)!

- A Sample of a recent Annual Report from the Friends of Colorado State Parks

- "Strategic Planning" by the Community Resource Center.

Other Resource Topics You'll Explore in the Downloadable Guide Include: 

  • • Nonprofit and Organizational Development

  • • Volunteer Recruitment, Training, and Management

  • • Trails and Conservation Advocacy and Training

  • • Marketing and Public Relations

  • • Funding

  • • Legal

  • • Operations

  • • Networking