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State Park Friends and Champions of Public Lands 

Friends organizations and other champions of public lands are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state’s parks, trails, and historic sites.

Nonprofit organizations and other volunteer groups clear trails, paint buildings, build kiosks, lead interpretive programs, and raise significant money for capital projects. State Park Friends in particular, have a large impact, accounting for more than $17 million in fundraising to benefit their respective parks in 2018, according to our report. That was on top of nearly 132,000 hours of work done by more than 5,100 volunteers that was valued at more than $3 million.

By building a community of champions for public lands, we can ensure that New York's conservation legacy remains intact. To explore the work of a particular Friends group or another group that supports New York's outdoor recreation economy, check out this map or follow one of the links below.




Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway
Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct
Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail
Adirondack Rail Trail Association
Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc.
Chautauqua Rails to Trails
Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association 
Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference


Darwin Martin House Restoration Corporation
Friends of Clermont State Historic Site
Friends of Fort Ontario
Friends of Ganondagan
Friends of Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Friends of John Jay Homestead
Friends of Johnson Hall
Friends of Lorenzo
Friends of Mills Mansion
Friends of Philipse Manor Hall
Friends of Schoharie Crossing
Friends of Schuyler Mansion
Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
Hyde Hall, Inc.
John Brown Lives!
Old Fort Niagara
Planting Fields Foundation
Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
The Olana Partnership
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association


Friends of Reinstein Woods
Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center
Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance
Winona Forest Recreation Association
Basha Kill Area Association
Azure Mountain Friends

Friends of Five Rivers
Finger Lakes Trail Conference
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society
Wilton Wildlife Preserve
Upper Saranac Foundation
Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing
Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance
Stony Kill Foundation Inc.
IMPACT: Friends Improving Allegany County Trails Inc
Adirondack Mountain Club: Upper Hudson Northern Catskill Natural Resource Trust
Adirondack Architectural Heritage
Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System Inc.
Mamakating Environmental Education Center/ Friends of MEEC
Morgan Duke Conservation Society

New York State Canal Corporation Adopt-A-Trail Groups

Brockport Rotary
BSA Pack/Troop 25
Central Valley Ecology Club
Drake Memorial Library
Fairport Canal Volunteers
Feeder Canal Alliance
Friends of Blue Heron
Gananda Rotary
Iroquois Sail & Power Squadron
Matthew O'Connor
Newark Rotary Club
North Utica/Whitestown Rotary Club
NYSATE (New York State Association of Transportation Engineers)
Rotary Club of Rochester-Southwest
Spencerport Rotary Club
Tammy Helmer-Bergen
The Liss Family
Trail Keepers - Our Erie Canalway Trail Gardens

If you do not see your group listed and would like to be added, please let us know at [email protected]