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Friends of Saguaro National Park Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Julia Mahaffa G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a park ranger and environmental education specialist at Saguaro National Park I have worked closely with the Friends of Saguaro National Park for a number of years and can testify that without their passion, commitment, and charitable support, thousands of young people from Tucson would not have had the opportunity to explore the wilds of Saguaro Natioanal Park and to make thier own personal connection to nature. Executive Director Bob Newtson and his team of "Friends" clearly understands the mission of the park, shares our goals and objectives, and works closely with us to provide fantastic opportunities for the youth of Tucson to explore their backyard National Park. The Friends of Saguaro National Park are an outstanding park partner!

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kevindahl

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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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

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.

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.