The Friends of Colorado State Parks is building a network of citizens who work to protect and care for the places in which they play, recreate, and adventure.
We Also Provide Support for Local Groups
Local Friends’ groups have sprung up at State Parks as independent nonprofits or as affiliates of our statewide organization. The Friends of Colorado State Parks supports and unites these groups in our collective mission to protect and enhance Colorado's most important resources.
These dedicated groups promote user engagement at local State Parks, attracting all types of volunteers and donors who work in partnership with each Parks' staff. The success of current groups, and the unmet potential of supporters, to better connect parks with their stewards is substantial.
Ways You Can Be A Friend
Now more than ever before our State Parks need the support of Friends. The donation of your time, your talent, your treasure, and your testimony is essential to ensuring a vital future for our State Parks. Being a Friend is easy, and fun.
Become a Friend
Learn more about Friends of Colorado State Parks and how you can get involved.
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We Promote Colorado's Outdoor Principles by making decisions guided by this agreement with dozens of other stewardship, recreation, and conservation organizations in Colorado.
We Foster a Financially Sustainable Organization with diverse funding sources (grants, events, donations, & sponsors), credible and accountable fiscal practices, and by offering tools for local Friends groups to do the same.
We engage the Community of everyday people using the State Parks, connecting citizens to the State’s most precious resource, inspiring stewardship of the land, and guiding people to fall in love with nature.
We Build a Community of Friends Groups through camaraderie, sharing best practices, educational resources, and nonprofit coaching, offering trainings, fostering a welcoming environment to a diversity of members, and consistently networking online and at our annual rendezvous.
We Advocate for the CPW mission, for open space protection, and for stewardship of our State Parks.
Several members of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife team work in partnership with the Friends board.
Fletcher Jacobs, Statewide Volunteer Coordinator
Dan Zimmerer, Statewide Partnership Coordinator
Gary Thorson, Assistant Director for Information and Education
Friends of Colorado State Parks is grateful for the endorsement and support of key leaders.
Bob Broscheid, past-Director - Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Jeff Shoemaker, Director – Colorado State Parks Foundation
Bob Randall, past-Executive Director – Department of Natural Resources
Friends of Colorado State Parks is guided by a volunteer board of directors. This team is focused on growing our organization and assisting the local Friends groups and their programs.
Our Board and Volunteer Staff:
Volunteer Executive Director, Matt Gray
Board President, Matt Martinez
Board Vice-President, Faye Koeltzow
Board Treasurer Gary Buffington
Grants and Fundraising, Terry Gimbel
Grants and Fundraising, Hillary King
Marketing and Outreach, Alex Collopy
Marketing and Outreach, Kelli Cameron
Regional Ambassador, Alissa Mundt
Past-President & Founder, Tom Easley