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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EIN 86-0842503
520-733-8610
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love taking my daughter through the park. We love the hiking trails and seeing all the wildlife throughout the park. I love that there is a safe place to go outside. I will continue to take my family to the siguaro national park.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I took my daughter to the park and learned about the plants and animals that live around the desert. Everybody was very kind and helpful and answered all of our questions. I think this is a wonderful non profit organization and I love everything they are trying to do for our environment.

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

They helped my daughter and I learn a lot about the environment that we are living in. She now knows about the different cactus and knows why she cant touch and get to close to any of them.

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

I wouldn't make any changes because i had no complaints when I went to visit the park. I think this is truly a wonderful organization.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a long-time donor for Friends of Saguaro, and I regularly volunteer at the park as well. I think this is a wonderful organization, that does a great deal to help the park. Especially in this time of tight federal budgets, I'm sure that the park would be unable to offer many of their programs if it wasn't for the help they receive from Friends of Saguaro. I've read about the Gila monster research that FOSNP has funded, and I've seen the terrific wildlife photos that have been taken with the remote, motion-triggered trail cameras that FOSNP purchased for the park. I'm happy to support this organization that supports Saguaro National Park!

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

Encourage more people -- especially in the Tucson community -- to support its work at the park.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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  

This is a wonderful way to enjoy the giant saguaros and the blooming desert, in the Tucson area. I enjoy the trails, the gift shop and the helpful and friendly rangers.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I love what this organization does for the local school children, with the programs that they help to promote.

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

conservation.

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

keep up the good work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Saguaro is a great national park especially for families. Your kids will love the interactive exhibits at the visitor center but more importantly they make it so easy to enjoy the great outdoors and learn more about the history, geography, and plant and animal life that make the park such a treasure. Can't miss!

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

Providing fun for the entire family

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

Enhance the exhibits to provide new experiences

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I love visiting the park! Thanks for keeping it clean and educating the public on the importance of maintaining the Saguaro's for future generations to enjoy!

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

Being able to enjoy the beauty of the park.

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

Give them more funds to help maintain the park and it's buildings and employees

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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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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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The park is safe and clean and full of so many of nature's treasures. A trip to Tucson isn't complete without seeing both parks.

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

the many activities that they hold.

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

I have no suggestions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited Saguaro National Park on several occasions and have always had a great time. Not only is the park beautiful, but their programs and interpretive center are really extraordinary.

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

The services available within the park that help guide visitors, given the complexity of the ecology and history.

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

find someway to increase the publicity and funding available ... I am only sorry that I did not know about this park until three years ago, and they unfortunately do not receive the same publicity as some of the larger, more established parks.

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6 people found this review helpful

I had a really good time at FoSNP. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It's pretty obvious that the staff care about the park a lot and that helps people enjoy their visit even more. Visiting FoSNP has become an annual tradition for me, one that I hope to keep for many years to come.

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

very friendly and helpful. They were very informative about the park and its natural resources and answered all my questions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Friends of Saguaro is a terrific organization that really promotes the national park well and ensures that visitors and potential visitors can take full advantage of the park's resources. I have visited many national parks and have not had the same experience with other affiliated groups. Because of Friends of Saguaro my family and I had a wonderful experience at the park and will hopefully be back soon!

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

expand its reach to ensure that the park is able to cope with the significant environmental challenges it faces.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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