Friends of Peninsula State Park Awarded Affinity Card Naturalist Grant


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In 2013, 15,000 people visited the Park’s Nature Center, and each year, 12,000 people participate in nature-based programs at the Park

Fish Creek, WI, June 17, 2014 – This summer’s Peninsula State Park naturalist programs will include a wide variety of environmental education topics, including healthy campfire cooking, climate change, and the ecology of the now-extinct passenger pigeon, with support from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, Friends of Peninsula State Park, and US Bank.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and US Bank have teamed up to provide a credit card (Natural Resource Foundation VISA Platinum Card) to individuals who are interested in showing their support for Wisconsin wildlife conservation, habitat protections and parks, forests, and trails programs. A portion of each purchase made with the card comes back to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks at the end of the year. Those funds then support the statewide Friends’ grants to groups such as the Friends of Peninsula State Park.

The grant will be matched by volunteer hours and funds donated by the Peninsula Friends. It will be used to support such varied activities as hosting an expert presenter from the University of Wisconsin, securing the designation of the Park’s butterfly garden as a Monarch Waystation, and purchasing local produce for cooking demonstrations.

Chris Holicek, president of the Friends, explains, “In 2013, 15,000 people visited the Park’s Nature Center, and each year, 12,000 people participate in nature-based programs at the Park. This grant will enable us to replace worn program supplies so that we can continue delivering best practice educational opportunities.”

The current schedule of programs is posted at the Nature Center and the park office. The naturalist program schedule is also available via a link from the Friends website: www.peninsulafriends.org.

Friends of Peninsula State Park is an organization dedicated to making a meaningful contribution toward the preservation and goals of Peninsula State Park. The Friends provide volunteer services and financial support for the interpretive, educational, recreational and visitor service programs at Peninsula State Park. New members are always welcome. A membership form is available on the website or at the park office.

 

Contact: Kelli Bruns

Superintendent

Peninsula State

Park Bureau of Parks and Recreation

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

phone: (920) 868-3258

fax: (920) 868-1931

e-mail: kelli.bruns@wi.gov