FCSP provides information and guidance to 29 individual statewide Friends groups, all of whom host special events, sponsor educational programming and bring attention and resources, including volunteers, to meet park needs. When new groups form, FCSP assistance can be critical to future success.
FCSP also provides links on its website to all 29 groups allowing citizens greater exposure to the wealth of Friends’ activities statewide. We strongly encourage all CT residents to more fully utilize their State recreational and natural resources.
FCSP hosts an Annual Meeting at varying park locations each year: all members are encouraged to attend, mingle with fellow park advocates, discuss issues, and get updates on the State of our State Parks.
In partnership with CFPA, FCSP organizes and hosts Friends of State Parks Day at the Capitol in Hartford each year. At this annual event, legislators and the general public learn about Friends’ ongoing efforts to enhance Parks and Forests: all visitors to FCSP Day are asked to join the Friends in improving these public spaces.
Each year legislators are invited by FCSP and CFPA to adopt parks in their districts. Those who “adopt” are recognized on our Adopt a Park Honor Roll for their commitment to promote and protect their parks.
Friends groups have contributed close to $9million in funds, land, and goods since the inception of our first Friends group. In addition, the annual donation of volunteer labor by Friends groups exceeds 80,000 hours and is now valued at $2.5 million per year.