This org has supported students at the small charter school I work with amazingly over the years. They have funded internships, provided materials for Buffel grass pulls, trail maintenance, exhibits in the visitor centers and so much more. Many of the students who grew up here in Tucson, had never been to one of Saguaro National Parks before. Now, Each student spend at least a few days a year in the park and feels connected! I believe this work will amplify over the years as the students bring their own friends and family into the Park as well .
Friends of Saguaro has been and continues to be a huge benefit to Environmental Education programs offered at Saguaro National Park. Their support has improved access for students and their families to participate in educational activities, furthering the mission of Saguaro and the National Park Service.
Thank you FOSNP for your strident advocacy against proposed Interstate 11, which would wreck wildlife corridors and habitat. I appreciate how this group looks beyond the borders of Saguaro National Park to work toward meaningful conservation for the larger region. Bravo!
Recently, FOSNP successfully transitioned from our long time executive director who retired to a new, much younger individual. In the past year, operations have continued with a hitch and there has been an increase in outreach and fundraising activities. We continue to conduct financial reviews by the board and its executive committee as well as annual outside audits by a professional accountant to ensure we are following best practices for non-profits. Also, we continue to have an excellent working relationship with NPS staff and their volunteers. Some of the innovations developed here in Tucson by FOSNP and SNP are now being exported to other parks in the NPS which is just neat.
Serving as a board member has enabled me to see how FOSNP interacts directly with staff from Saguaro National Park, our Tucson community, and sister organizations with respect and sensitivity to their needs and desires. FOSNP has consistently kept its costs well under control while focussing on supporting the mission of SNP. Also, over time, our friends group has developed innovative solutions to help bring diversity into the park service as well as in its community of supporters.
Being on the Board of Directors for Friends of Saguaro is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. It's great to see (and be part of) the great work being done to support this "Tucson Treasure"! Getting youth engaged in our National Parks is a critical component of the Park Systems sustainability and a critical focus of our work at Friends of Saguaro. I donate both time & resources knowing that they are both great investments in the future of this National Park!
I am so proud to be a board member of this wonderful organization. When the government shutdown caused Saguaro National Park to remain partially open but staff could not pick up garbage, Friends of Saguaro volunteers leaped into action and made sure there were no unsightly and health problems by regularly picking up the garbage ourselves. We raise money for important projects in this wonderful national treasure.
I am proud to serve on the board of this organization, which efficiently and effectively raises money to support education, research, and stewardship at Saguaro National Park. In particular, the project that supports Next Generation rangers as local young people do work in the park and get a head start on their careers has changed lives.
National Parks are challenged to preserve and protect their unique natural and cultural resources for future generations as well as creating stewards to help with this mission. I have worked at the park for many years and have helped thousands of young people to visit and make their own personal connection to to the park. The Friends of Saguaro National Park have been instrumental in providing not only funding but input and planning to maximize our resources to reach as many youth as possible. With out a doubt, support from the Friends of Saguaro National Park have enabled us to provide a robust offering of youth programs that have significantly increased opportunities for youth to explore their own backyard national park. Well done Fred Stula and the dedicated and passionate board of directors who make this happen! Without your commitment and support, many young people from Tucson would have not had this incredible experience.
As a park employee I have worked closely with the Friends of Saguaro National Park for many years. With out a doubt, our programs for Tucson youth would be greatly reduced without their support. Both the past and current executive directors and their board are sensitive to park needs and do an incredible job funding major projects, providing transportation for youth to visit the park, and implementing the transformational Next Generation Ranger Corps program, providing us fantastic interns who help support our programming and increase opportunities for Tucson youth to explore the park. I have seen the awe on the faces of urban youth exploring the park at night by the full moon. Thank you Friends of Saguaro National Park for support, passion, and commitment!
As a biologist and professor, my professional interests focus on conservation and education. Activities and efforts of the Friends of Saguaro National Park match these interests perfectly!
I love the wildlife cams. Never knew we had badgers in the park until we caught them on film. Pretty cool.
This is a very well run organization both from a financial perspective and in terms of its support to the Park. It is a pleasure and an honor to serve on the Board.
I first visited Saguaro National Park (then a Monument) in 1985--and found it to be a magical place. It meant a lot to me then, and its important that the Park continues to protect its resources. That's why Friends of Saguaro National Park is so important. Without this group the Park staff can't do what they need to do to protect and interpret its resources on the budget from the national government
This organziation has done a wonderful job funding projects that help conserve the Sonoran Desert. They are fiscally responsible, and make every dollar count.
I support the Friends because they provide crucial funding for so many park programs. I'm a big fan of the education and community outreach programs of the Park. One of these in particular, the Next Gen Ranger program is really having an influence on the pipeline of future National Park Service employees, introducing young adults from diverse backgrounds to possible career opportunities.
I have been a loyal donor to Friends for many years because they are a trustworthy, innovative and high-impact nonprofit. I know that my contributions are appreciated and make a significant difference to help support a place I love to visit, Saguaro National Park.
Friends of Saguaro continues its close working relationship with the Park staff, allowing it to leverage its resources for the greatest impact. Friends is committed to expanding exposure to Saguaro National Park to underserved communities and students. Friends is extremely cost-efficient with only one paid staff member, allowing it to maximize its funding of projects in the Park.
After several years as a board member, I continue to be pleased and impressed with the work of FOSNP. The group, and especially the executive director, gets so much done with quite little in terms of staff and costs. FOSNP is always looking for ways to leverage its efforts in fundraising while staying an unwavering supporter of education, research and the park staff.
FOSNP is a fantastic organization that helps protect and support Saguaro National Park. The Friends group also spends tremendous effort and resources to help connect the Arizona community to this desert treasure.
As an employee at Saguaro National Park I can attest to the fantastic assistance Friends of Saguaro National Park generates. There are many wonderful projects we are able to complete due to their support, such as building our volunteer program and accomplishments through their support of providing funds to hire a volunteer coordinator, hiring youth from the community to conduct resource surveys, and so much more. We are fortunate to have such a fabulous partner.
Friends of Saguaro National Park provides financial support that enables Saguaro national park to reach many youth in the Tucson area. One special program takes place at the University of Arizona Medical Center's Diamond Children's Center. Park Rangers and volunteers invite the young patients and their families to participate in a Junior Ranger program at the hospital. Children learn about what makes up a national park, stories about the Sonoran Desert and are sworn in as Junior Rangers. Thanks to the Friends of Saguaro, the children take a small stuffed animal, coloring book and crayons back to their rooms. We have experienced many touching moments during this program and we want to thank our Friends for their support.
I am an employee at Saguaro national Park and have been here 20+ years. Our park gretaly benefits from the work done by the Friends of Saguaro National Park.
One of the areas that the Friends raise funding for is the park's environmental education program. Thanks to their efforst, many more schools are able to come to the park for a visit through the Friends being able to pay for the school buses. Frinds of Saguaro National Park also raised funds to build an education ramada at the park's Rincon Mountain District (East). Each year, this site hosts hndreds of elementary school children participating in hands-on fieldtrips.
The most impressive thing about our Friends of Saguaro National Park is their can-do spirit. They go out of their way to assist us in what we'd like to accomplh here at the p[ark.
Without the FSNP my school would not be able to get our students out to the Park because our hiking club would not be possible. FSNP enables me to run a hiking club that sends about 20 students in grades 4-6 every year to learn how to be citizen scientists and park stewards using their backyard resource (SNP). Through this program, the students have been able to go through the complete program all three years and have more recently bridged into another aspect of their "training". I can't thank the Fiends enough for their generous support year after year.
The Friends of Saguaro National Park provides funding for the Teacher Ranger program. I have had the privilege of being a Teacher Ranger for several years and have led a hiking club consisting of 4th and 5th graders who most likely would never have had the opportunity to experience and explore the beautiful desert areas surrounding Tucson. The benefits of this program are everlasting!
Not only is the Saguaro National Park a haven for the animals and plants of the desert, but it exceeds in Southwestern beauty. The Friends of Saguaro National Park Inc. aid in the preservation of the park and the education of the young to old. The visitations to children in the hospital brings this experience to those that are not physically able.
Saguaro National Park is a true Tucson and national treasure. My husband and I have spent many hours running and biking the trails and enjoying the pristine beauty of the park. I was also fortunate enough to be a volunteer artist for the Rincon Visitor Center donor wall and, through that experience, learned to appreciate the park's diverse fauna and flora even more. The annual Fundraiser at Tanque Verde Ranch is a fun and tasty affair, featuring artwork, vacations, and many other products and services that can be purchased at attractive prices, with the proceeds supporting such a worthwhile cause. The work that the Park does to ensure that this habitat remains preserved for future generations is invaluable.