FRIENDS OF SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   96 reviews

Issues: Environment, Philanthropy, Sports

Location: 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
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Rating: 5 stars  

we love Saguaro National Park East, such a treat to be in nature, well maintained, and with kind staff. Many trails, and places to pull and take photos with visitors, we always take there. We count on the Friends newspaper to know what's happening, it's emails of timely events, and good natured manners when we ask a question. Great group, that we are proud to donate $$$ to.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked closely with Friends of Saguaro in the past, and they have always demonstrated a genuine passion for the park and community. Their work with Teacher-Ranger-Teacher and research with the University of Arizona and Saguaro National Park is a testimony to their passion to bring the needs of the park to the awareness of the community. In addition, their volunteer work to fight back buffelgrass was exceptional. Although FOSNP is a smaller organization than that of some of the larger parks - they gathered up to 25-40 volunteers to pull buffelgrass into the early afternoon.

Bob Newtson is a generous person with an exceptional ability to build partnerships with board members and businesses in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Explore how to build a stronger online presence. Maybe create an online interactive community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

FOSNP has a great relationship with the park leadership and staff and is in tune with the challenges facing the park. Both are dedicated to making the park an asset to the community and it is an effective partnership.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I recently joined the Board after years of enjoying the park. The Friends, through the leadership of the executive director, support a wide range of issues and works in great cooperation with the NPS staff. Facilities and trail improvement, educational programs, buffelgrass removal and the cactus census are just osme of the areas the Friends are involved with.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the breadth of their experience and their dedication to working to support the park.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

dramatically increase the appreciation and use of the park across all the communities in Tucosn.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

FOSNP is an amazing partner with Saguaro National Park. We easily and regularly collaborate on large and small projects. We could not do the work we do with out their help.

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  

FOSNP and Bob Newtson truly live up to their group's name, "Friends of Saguaro National Park". They recently donated a wonderful little mule to the park to help us continue the longstanding tradition of backcountry packing operations to support both staff and volunteer activities occurring in the Wilderness. Thank you!

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

A lot

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  

This group works almost entirely behind the scenes to support a very large group of volunteers with little recognition of their work. Their efforts are much appreciated by gthe voluteer group that they support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had a great time at this years annual fundraising auction, Bob Newtson does a great job! Thank you FOSNP for everything you do!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

FOSNP maintaines and protects the Saguaro National park for future generations to enjoy! Thanks Friends of Saguaro for all you do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visits to the park

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Dont change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the Friends since they started in 1997. They are well-run and efficient, and they make a huge difference by providing support to make Saguaro National Park, outside Tucson, Arizona, one of the best parks in the nation. One of their current projects, studying Gila monster lizards, will contribute greatly to conservation of this sensitive and little-known reptile.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 4 stars  

I've worked with the Friends of Saguaro National Park almost since their inception - the last nine years, I've been an advisor to their board. They are a group of dedicated supporters who go out of their way to raise money to support park programs and allow Saguaro National Park to be the best that it can be. They have supported numerous resource inventories and studies in the park--for example, an in-depth inventory of the Madrona riparian area, studies of black bears, desert tortoises and gila monsters, and a once-a-decade inventory of saguaro cactus plants. They have a very low overhead so I know my money is going into programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Better information about the resources in the park have led to better educational programs and management decisions that protect those resources for future generations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More active involvement of all board members in learning about the park and in planning fund raisers to support park programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of saguaro do a wonderful job in many areas, and specifically in plant and wildlife monitoring. They recently counted and measured all saguaros in a 200 sq meter area in the park for which there are historical records of a similar survey in the 1940's. This will help evaluate the saguaro's health now compared to almost 70 years ago. this is just one example of the work they do to support Saguaro National Park.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Saguaro National Park brackets the east and west sides of Tucson and offers many miles of trails, lots of camp sites, interpretive sites and visitor centers to make our desert environment accessible and to teach appreciation, understanding and respect for our surroundings. It's a very important amenity to our city and Southern Arizona in general.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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