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Friends of Saguaro National Park Inc

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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Parks & Playgrounds, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

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.

Community Stories

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Sherry83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Dave103

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have experienced Saguaro National Park for many years and saw the direct benefits provided through the partnership with the Friends group. Now, as a board member, I am able to see first hand how well the partnership works. Through a transparent, cost efficient fund raising, FOSNP is able to help the park with critical studies and updated experiences for visitors. FOSNP is also helping, through a progressive short term jobs program, with introducing under-served members of the Tucson community with a valuable experience working in the park directly with senior park staff.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Friends of SNP has an excellent partnership with the park staff allowing them to take the lead in determining what is best for the park. FOSNP recognizes its role is to provide resources in areas that best support the park. The fundraising techniques used are cost effective and ensure the most benefits accrue to the park itself.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

lsmusher

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with FOSNP for seven years and the group has proven to be extremely efficient and effective in supporting Saguaro National Park. The working relationship with Park staff is outstanding.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

kevindahl

Board Member

Rating: 5

This Friends group does a great service in helping the park with volunteers and financial support. I enjoy working with the effective board and knowledgeable staff, which is in great communication with Park staff. If you like Saguaro National Park, this group is where your support can do the most good.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Friends of Saguaro National Park is able to involve seniors, students, visitors and others in protecting and enhancing this park, a national treasure. It has generated support for such on-the-ground items as benches, trails, environmental education ramada; has organized volunteer activities, including removal of invasive buffelgrass; and let's supporters know of how they can be involved in the park, such as the new trails plan.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Alice50

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.