I have supported Friends for many years because they are an innovative, high-impact and trustworthy nonprofit. Their nationally recognized programs to engage diverse and underserved youth to Saguaro National Park and careers in the STEM field are truly amazing. In supporting this organization, I know that my contributions are appreciated and make a significant difference to help support a place I love to visit, Saguaro National Park.
Where should I start? The park has it ALL! Since 1990 I have trained for marathons in Saguaro East, hiked every trail with friends and my children, photographed jackrabbits, gila monsters and night blooming cactus. I have narrowly avoided biking into tortoises and even a mountain lion. I hike and bicycle in the park at least three times a week, year round. I love the continual updating of the education areas, water dispensers, picnic areas, sail shade cloths and public art. Do other parks display the whimsy that our park does? I'm referring to the SLOW signs with a tortoise painted on the paved roadway and the caution road sign with a bicycle tumbling down a cliff. When we had a government shutdown the volunteers kept the bathrooms stocked with hand sanitizer and toilet paper...even the remote trailside bathrooms. We guests feel loved! Last year I finally learned about the extensive youth programs. Hurrah! Now the next generation will become stewards of this beautiful gem and begin their life long romance with nature. Thank you Friends of Saguaro National Park for your visionary, caring support!
The assistance that Friends of Saguaro National Park provides in training young people to be involved with, and potentially work for, our treasured National Park system continues to be impressive and of great value and significance. I can think of few organizations that do so much to directly benefit education and training.
I was initially on the advisory board and now serve on the Board of Directors of this effective and efficient group. They are excellent at finding resources -- funding and volunteers -- to help out Saguaro National Park. They communicate well with donors and supporters, and are in good communication with and responsive to park staff. They do important, wonderful work.
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.
Friends of Saguaro is among the best of the many non-profits I have been involved with over the years. Friends has an excellent working relationship with park staff and has made great efforts to work with under-served parts of the community. The Friends is also very financially efficient and has resisted any creep in expenses, remaining focused on their core mission of protecting and supporting 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.
The Friends of Saguaro has been a national leader in breaking down barriers for young people from diverse backgrounds to start careers in the National Park Service through its Next Generation Ranger program. The Friends dedication to this program has been truly remarkable, and it's grown each year since its inception, with many program participants moving into Park Service or similar jobs. We've hired a few Next Gen Rangers at my workplace, and they come with excellent training!
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.
Friends of Saguaro National Park is a special nonprofit since it's very responsive to Park needs and is committed to advancing forward leaning programs that support the Park and the National Park Service (e.g., Next Generation Rangers … providing an operating intake program for the addition of young, diversified individuals to the Park staff).
There has been a consistent level of excellence over the years in fundraising and applying those funds to the needs of Saguaro National Park as well as helping tell the Park's story. It is quite gratifying to be part of this.
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.
Because of the Friends, Saguaro National Park has resources for superb trails, upgraded visitor's center, picnic ramadas, and great environmental programs. I hiked on a Friends sponsored overnight trip to the tip of the mountain and stayed with the rangers in tents. We learned about the settlers who founded the nearly 100 year old historic ranch, experienced cool weather during the heat of the summer, and enjoyed listening to campfire stories.
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
One of the primary missions of Friends of Saguaro is to facilitate minority youth engagement in and with the National Park, helping to create a future generation of enthusiastic park users, supporters & stewards. The very successful "Next Generation Ranger" program actually provides opportunities for internships and in many instances, future employment within the National Park System at Saguaro and beyond. Learn more about it on the Friends of Saguaro website. This is just one of the many reason I support Friends of Saguaro National Park
I've always had a passion for this park and it's unique relationship to our community. Being chosen to represent the local visitor's industry on the board of directors has been a very rewarding experience. The amount of good work being done will ensure "Saguaro" remains a unique and accessable asset to our residents and visitors for decades to come. The dedication of staff & volunteers is very motivating and the financial tranparencey and acountability are excellent as is the relationship with park staff.
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!
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
Saquaro is a treasure for all who visit, I think of her when I am far away. Theprogramming for youth, community and volunteers is outstanding! Serving ten thousand plus students is a huge yearly accomplishment. Thank you for lending your support today, for our future. Emily Sullivan
My husband and I have been hiking, biking, and running in this park for the past 40 years. We feel very fortunate to have such an amazing place in our backyard. We attend FOSNP's annual fundraiser, because of the critical support that they provide to Saguaro National Park. FOSNP is the community's link to a partnership with this special place that we all want to preserve.
I've had the privilege to be part of this board for the last several years. I'm happy to be part of an organization that is so well organized and well run. The best part is that it benefits some very key national parks right here in Tucson.
You know an organization is good when people over 2,600 miles away from the park it helps to support have donated for nearly a decade. We first visited Saguaro on a cross-country motorcycle trip in 2008, and we have been back many times. This is a very well-run park, with a wonderful staff and FOSP to support their work. They are admirable stewards of the land and the wildlife that depend on it. We will support them for the rest of our lives.
We first visited Saguaro in 2005 on a cross country motorcycle trip. We have donated to the Friends ever since that time, and have also visited the park two additional times from our home state of Vermont, always impressed with the initiatives they have wisely undertaken to help the park's flora and fauna deal with the combined effects of long-term drought, overuse of local water resources, global climate change, and shortfalls in federal funding. They leave no stone unturned, and their efforts from "Adopt a Saguaro" to fundraising auctions to the encouragement of volunteerism have born fruit. We applaud their initiative and the positive results they have brought. All of us benefit.
FOSNP has done so much to improve the experience for visitors to Saguaro National Park. We always check out what is new when we vosit the Tucson area.
FOSNP are a wonderful group of folks working hard to preserve such a special park. I have donated several times over the past decade, and Bob has always been incredibly helpful to me and my family members who have donated. I'm a big fan of the park, the volunteers and FOSNP
I'm a relatively new donor from out of state. In 2015 I adopted a tortoise for a friend. In 2016 I adopted another tortoise and a saguaro for two friends. Both times I called on phone and spoke to a very friendly and knowledgeable person (I think it may have been the director!) about the land protection and animal education programs my donation supports. I am so impressed with the dedication and professionalism of this organization. I will keep giving and supporting the desert I love and grew up in. I hike in SNP when I visit home, and it is the most wonderful, restorative experience. Thanks to the Friends for keeping it wonderful!
I am a new donor, having learned of this organization in an issue of Sunset Magazine. I appreciate what they are doing. I was born and raised in southern California, and made many trips with my family to Saguaro National Park as we traveled throughout the southwest. I'm happy to support their efforts and mission.
The Friends of Saguaro National Park are a group of committed, enthusiastic volunteers with a great sense of community and appreciation for the beauty of our natural surroundings. The park is a special place for outdoor activity for locals and allows visitors to appreciate the beauty of the Sonoran desert. One of the classic bicycle rides in Tucson!
I wish I was more articulate to describe how great FOSNP is! They always organize and work hard with the public as well as the staff @ the park. I greatly appreciate the work they accomplish as well as keeping people up to date. Certainly a group that deserves top kudos!
Fabulous group of people! Friendly, knowledgable and hard workers. They tackle tough jobs of trail maintenance and buffelgrass removal. Thank heavens for this group helping to keep the park beautiful on so many levels.
Friends of Saguaro is my favorite environmental group. Their role in preserving and enhancing the visitor experience is what has kept me as a long time donor even though I live in Wisconsin and rarely are able to travel to Tucson.
The friends group keeps me posted through beautiful newsletters, timely information on Congressional action on the NPS budget. It very transparently tells donors how their gifts are used. Administrative and fundraising costs are kept low so donors are assured their gifts go to the park.
I am especially impressed by the programs the Friends support to serve younger visitors to the park. This is critical if the next generations are to enjoy and preserve the park.
FOSNP have consistently been responsible and dedicated to the park. If not for them, I'm not sure the park would do well at all. They protect the park as a treasured resource and provide a valuable service to the American public.
Friends of Saguaro National Park raises money to support park interpretation, research, and education. I especially like the programs they support, from the Next Generation Rangers to school visits, that brings young people into the park. Take it from an insider - this groups does a great job!
I've been a board member over the years on maybe a dozen groups. Friends of Saguaro National Park has to be one of my favorite. It is well run, mostly by volunteers who love the saguaros and other resources of this special place. We raise money that is turned over to the park for environmental education, science research (often involve youth and volunteers), and other programs, and we educate and involve the public in this beautiful desert place. I am so grateful that the saguaros are protected and well-stewarded, and that a group like this supports the National Park Service in doing this work.
As the manager of Saguaro National Park's Environmental Education program, I have worked with the Friends of Saguaro National Park for many years. Their support has been instrumental in providing exciting, educational, place-based opportunities for youth and their families from the greater Tucson area for many years. Their funding supports a robust and diverse array of programming, especially for under-served youth, which helps the park preserve and protect the park for future generations by empowering young people to become stewards of this magnificant natural and cultural resource.
I hike in Saguaro National Park every month and the quality of the trails, the programs offered and the education provided is great! I commend Friends of Saguaro National Park for their efforts and hope that people recognize the level of effort it takes to offer all they do to the community.
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!
Although I live in Virginia, I started contributing to Friends of Saguaro National Park in 2014 the first time I visited the beautiful, peaceful park. The Friends use the donations to do so many wonderful things - from protecting the "monarchs of the desert" to protecting the animals that live in the park to educating the public about the Sonoran Desert to fostering the social conscience and self confidence of children through junior ranger programs. The Friends also promote an interest and appreciation of our National Parks and nature in general. They do not use donations to cover administrative expenses or to throw parties or take trips for themselves - they are always thinking about the Park and the preservation of the outdoors. If I lived near the park I would definitely join the thoughtful people who help out at the park. In the meantime, I send them monetary contributions and encourage others to visit Saguaro National Park.
Friends of Saguaro does a great job providing an enriching experience for families. The work they do with the visitors' center and with hands-on activities in the park is really valuable for creating fun learning opportunities for kids.
Friends of Saguaro National Park does a great job connecting the park to the community and people who enjoy it. Their newsletters are timely and informative and their fundraising events are very enjoyable. As an equestrian who rides in SNPE almost every week, I appreciate having an organization like FOSNP to keep me connected.
As a seasonal volunteer interpretive naturalist at the Rincon District of Saguaro National Park I know first hand how important the Friends of Saguaro National Park is to protecting and preserving the Park. They provide funds for projects that would never otherwise be funded and they provide vocal support when outside forces threaten the Park.
The interaction between Saguaro National Part officials and the Friends of the Saguaro National park in developing an extraordinary program connection Park Rangers with teachers in nearby school districts is an important step to insuring continued protection this unique park by providing educational experiences to the youth in the communities near the park.
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Friends of Saguaro is a group of highly dedicated people who care about their National Park and work hard to keep it a prized Tucson destination.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Sagauaros need protecting. They are an iconic symbol of America and the "wild west" instantly recognized and beloved around the world.
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.
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!
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.
It is excellent place to hiking and preserve. Unfortunately I can not help because I live so far away.
Wonderful organization. So happy they are a wonderful part of the park
Friend's of Saguaro National Park is a wonderful organization that genuinely supports and cares for Tucson's backyard Saguaro National Park. All the board members are extremely involved in the park' s events, well being and success. I have personally witnessed this Friend's group join together in order to provide Saguaro NP with the support needed for youth intiatives, local community events, resource management projects and staff needs. It is an awesome organization and Saguaro National Park is lucky to have them as friends!
The Friends of Saguaro National Park is a great asset to the local Tucson community. It has a strong commitment to the protection and sustainability of one of southern Arizona's numerous natural assets. With proven leadership and a strong commitment to its mission, the Friends of Saguaro National Park ranks high among local non-profits. It's future success is imperative for the protection of our beautiful desert landscape.
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Any time that we have out of town visitors, we make certain to take them to Saguaro National Park. 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.
Friends of Saguaro does a fantastic job with facilitating access to all the Park has to offer. They make it easy to do everything from a group educational field trip, to an individual brief hike on a weekend. In all my visits to the Park with friends and family of different ages, there has been something for everyone. I will keep coming back!
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!
My wife and I love the annual Dinner and Auction at Tanque Verde Ranch! Thank you Bob Newtson and FOSNP for all that you do!
As a business owner, our family is asked to help out a wide variety of charitable efforts. Friends of Saguaro National Park is top on our list of who we help as we know how everything goes to the mission of supporting Tucson's national park. Though, obviously as a national park this is one of our country's most valued places, it does not receive the attention other more famous locations do. This reality makes the Friends efforts even more important, and they are doing it the right way. Everyone who appreciates the very important role our national park has in what is special about Tucson and Pima county should support this group.
Friends of Saguaro National Park does a remarkable job of supporting this park in the preservation of these resources for future generations to enjoy. Please take the time to help this organization in its most noble mission.
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.
FOSNP is a hard working and committed group that is essential to the protection and preservation of SNP, east and west. Through community outreach and education they maintain the energy level and awareness that is crucial to sustaining a non-profit in today's economy. As a neighboring property, we appreciate our relationship with them as like minded stewards of the land.
The Friends of Saguaro National Park are truly friends of the park and anyone who wants to see natural beauty at its finest. They provide funds for programs, research, facilities, projects, education, activities, and remain fiscally responsible in all they do. Their staff is friendly, professional, and very productive. They know the importance of conserving this national treasure, and we are all grateful.