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Friends Of Saguaro National Park Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   119 reviews 5,771

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, Philanthropy, Sports

Address:

P.O. Box 18998 Tucson AZ 85731 USA

Mission:

We are the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service at Saguaro, with the mission to help preserve, protect and enhance the fragile environment and unique cultural heritage of the Sonoran Desert at Saguaro National Park by promoting citizen and corporate stewardship through philanthropy, volunteerism, advocacy and public education.

Programs:

FOSNP provides the Park with financial support for projects that help protect its wildlife and habitat.  These include annual saguaro monitoring (and decennial saguaro census), Sonoran desert tortoise conservation, Gila monster conservation, mountain lion and bobcat research, and ecological monitoring activities.

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520-733-8610
www.friendsofsaguaro.org

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Reviews for Friends Of Saguaro National Park Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Saguaro National Park has done an outstanding job of working with the park to identify and fund important studies and programs that would otherwise not be possible.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been astounded and inspired by the support that the FOSNP provides the park. From tireless fundraising, to timely cheerleading, and providing creative solutions for administrative issues, the FOSNP are incredible advocates for park resources, programs and staff. I am honored to work with them, and for the park!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

FOSNP plays a crucial role in fund-raising and advocating for the park. Many of the park's most interesting programs and projects would not be possible without their support.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Saguaro is a very effective organization that supports many valuable programs at Saguaro National Park, including environmental education, scientific research, and the recent visitor center upgrades. The Executive Director, Bob, and the board are very responsive to the needs of the park, and also serve an important role in connecting the park to the Tucson community. Thanks, FOSNP!

 
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Friends of Saguaro helps to support the park's education, preservation, and research programs, allowing a level of stewardship that would not be possible without their grants to the park. In addition to supporting curriculum-based environmental programs for local students, they also support youth backpacking programs, wildlife research, community events at the park and in the local community and more. The board and staff (paid staff of only one!) is enthusiastic and dedicated to supporting the park. Thanks for your hard work and support Friends of Saguaro!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I hike in Saguaro National Park several times a month and I am consistently impressed with how beautiful and 'untouched' the park looks despite the fact that we have a large volume of people moving through the park on a regular basis. Kudos to the staff and volunteers for making Saguaro such a great experience with nature!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a park ranger and environmental education specialist at Saguaro National Park I have worked closely with the Friends of Saguaro National Park for a number of years and can testify that without their passion, commitment, and charitable support, thousands of young people from Tucson would not have had the opportunity to explore the wilds of Saguaro Natioanal Park and to make thier own personal connection to nature. Executive Director Bob Newtson and his team of "Friends" clearly understands the mission of the park, shares our goals and objectives, and works closely with us to provide fantastic opportunities for the youth of Tucson to explore their backyard National Park. The Friends of Saguaro National Park are an outstanding park partner!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a direct recipient of the effort and support of the Friends of Saguaro National Park I find their contributions, responsiveness, and commitment to supporting education and tomorrow's park stewards to be essential to the programs we offer. Without their support opportunities for urban youth and their families to connect to the park would be drastically reduced. Managing the Environmental Education Program at the park allows me the opportunity to see first hand the impact and impressions made upon the thousands of children who are able to visit the park each year. These visits allow them to make a deep personal connection to this incredible resource and to expand their horizons. I can say unequivocally that over the last 17 years, the Friends of Saguaro National Park has grown holistically as a supportive non-profit organization and that directly through their efforts, the park has significantly increased quality programing and outreach efforts, assisting the park in reaching tens of thousands of children that would otherwise never had the opportunity to personally experience one of America's greatest wonders. It is my honor to work directly with such an incredible group of people as are the "Friends".

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Saguaro is a star within the National Park Service Friends groups. They may be small, but they pack a huge punch! The Executive Director has years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising, and the board members are very active. Their passion for the Sonoran desert ecosystem really shines through. Without the help of FOSNP, Saguaro National Park would not be able to carry out numerous park programs every year.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Sagauaros need protecting. They are an iconic symbol of America and the "wild west" instantly recognized and beloved around the world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Saguaro National Park is an amazing place.. It is a prime example of what southern AZ. is all about. From the variety of cactus to the multitude of wild life, guests are always impressed.

 
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I recently took my seven-year-old granddaughter to Tucson for the first time. I couldn't wait to take her out to Saguaro National Park. We had the best time! The education center is excellent. She requested that we go back the next day, which we did! She earned her Junior Ranger badge. The staff made her feel so special. She is already planning our next trip to Arizona. I told her I wanted to take her to the Grand Canyon. She said no she wants to stay around Tucson so we can go hike at Saguaro National Park!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Keep up the great work. As a winter visitor to Tucson we love spending time in the park, lots of activities and trails are well maintained.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is excellent place to hiking and preserve. Unfortunately I can not help because I live so far away.

 
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