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May 17, 2013

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May 17, 2013

As a full-time employee of the National Park Service who has the privilege of working at Saguaro National Park, I am continually amazed by the energy and imagination shown by the people at Friends of Saguaro National Park, Inc. As is the case with our volunteers, the work that Friends of Saguaro does is absolutely crucial to our success. In the face of continuing urban encroachment and the threat of losing more plant and animal species within our park, the role that this organization plays at Saguaro National Park will become all the more important. Please take the time to support this fine organization.

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I would like to give this organization greater exposure in the media so that it could broadcast its work and need for support to a larger audience.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 17, 2013

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May 17, 2013

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".

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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

May 16, 2013

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May 16, 2013

As an environmental education professional working at Saguaro National Park I want to commend the Friends of saguaro on their efforts to provide transportation to under-served school groups to attend field trips at the park. For many of these students this will be there first experience of a national park, a vital part of America's heritage (after all we only have 59 of them in the whole country.) For others it is their first visit to a desert environment, despite the fact that they live in a city surrounded by desert. The value of these experiences may not be apparent immediately, but we know from personal experience that some of those students will be the protectors of these special places in the future. For every "thank you" note from a fourth grader that I get, I send a double "thanks" to the Friends of saguaro National Park.

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Keep doing what you're doing and let's get more people to help you do it!

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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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May 16, 2013

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.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 16, 2013

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May 16, 2013

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!

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

April 10, 2012

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April 2, 2011

I work at Saguaro National Park with community outreach and environmental education. The Friends of Saguaro has helped us to expand and improve our programs with the Tucson community through their sup... more

April 10, 2012

I work as a Park Ranger at Saguaro National Park with a focus on engaging the Tucson community. The support that Friends has provided for our community outreach efforts has been an indispensable asset to our work. In addition to helping the park with biological research and conservation programs in the park, Friends allows us to connect to people outside of the parks to share the importance of this work with the larger community to ensure that we have a well-informed stewards of the National Parks and the Sonoran Desert now and in the future.

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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?

2012

April 2, 2011

I work at Saguaro National Park with community outreach and environmental education. The Friends of Saguaro has helped us to expand and improve our programs with the Tucson community through their support. Friends has helped us to provide transportation to the park for youth and their families that might not have otherwise have had the opportunity to visit a National Park unit. Friends has also helped us to strengthen our relationships to the comunity by providing us with materials and funds to increase our presence in the greater Tucson area, at community events, school festivals, and libraries, not to mention all the support they offer to other park programs such as research and resource management.

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

applying for and implementing funds from their grants to Saguaro National Park.

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

increase the visibility of their contributions to the park and the Sonoran Desert ecosystem it protects to the local community to improve fundraising potential.

April 10, 2012

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April 10, 2012

I am the education coordinator for the west district of Saguaro National Park and work closely with the Friends of Saguaro National Park (FOSNP). Their support of curriculum-based environmental education programs, Junior Ranger programs, and outreach is tremendous. Without their support, thousands of children would not be able to experience the park, the outdoors, and the mysteries of the natural world. I have seen children visiting the park overwhelmed with excitment, enthusiasm, and wonder. When you see their faces, you know the support the Friends make is significant.

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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?

2012

April 6, 2012

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April 6, 2012

The annual fund-raising was so well organized. My questions were answered in a timely manner, and when I arrived, people knew who I was. It is such a pleasure to give directions to our house by saying, "We are just down the road 5 miles from Saguaro Park East". I have observed their programs with children and have been impressed.

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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?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

The Friends do so many things to benefit Saguaro National Park. As an employee of the park, I have seen first-hand how important these contributions are. Among these are the support for education programs for Tucson kids, bringing them out into the desert and teaching them to appreciate it; the support for important improvements to the park, such as trails and interpretive opportunities; and being involved with research and Citizen Science opportunities. I worked on the Saguaro Census this year and this effort, which involved literally hundreds of volunteers, would have not been possible without the Friends.

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

...seeing some of the on-the-ground results in the park, such as educational programs and the Saguaro Census.

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

...find someone who has that 10 million bucks! More seriously, I would start an outreach program to bring lots of young members into the Friends.

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

...meeting members of the organization and the Board, and also Bob Newtson, all of whom are so dedicated and really care about the park.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...involved with the organization because they think the work is important.

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

...help the park even more, especially with some of the long-term, difficult problems like buffelgrass, which threatens the saguaro...provide more facilities and opportunities for visitors to enjoy the park...bring more young people into the wilderness.

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I have been involved with other "Friends of" groups as a member, volunteer, etc. and the Friends of Saguaro is head and shoulders above all these other groups.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...the need for a higher profile in a city that has lots of other organizations and needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

...Keep up the great work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

The Friends of Saguaro National Park has done an outstanding job in supporting Saguaro National Park. Their grant-writing, fund-raising, and innovative ways to increase the visibility of the park have gone a long way to ensure the park's continued viability. The Friends have raised funds for research, community events, park operations, and assistance to our large volunteer core. We are indebted to their passion and commitment for the irreplaceable resources of the park and the diverse Sonoran Desert.

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

Their securing substancial funding for the park's trails program this year.

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

the passion and dedication of the Board and members. They are truly devoted to helping us protect the national park.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, engaged, dedicated, thoughtful, and innovative.

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

help the park close the gap on its huge deferred maintenance; establish new exhibits for the park's extremely old & outdated visitor center; eliminate the park of its critical invasive species problem that threatens the survival of iconic Saguaro cactus.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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