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Welcome to the Friends of Colorado State Parks!

You matter to Colorado's 41 State Parks! As we celebrate and experience these open space treasures, our State Parks also need our Stewardship.


The Friends of Colorado State Parks is building a network of citizens who work to protect and care for the places in which they play, recreate, and adventure.

We Also Provide Support for Local Groups

Local Friends’ groups have sprung up at State Parks as independent nonprofits or as affiliates of our statewide organization. The Friends of Colorado State Parks supports and unites these groups in our collective mission to protect and enhance Colorado's most important resources.

These dedicated groups promote user engagement at local State Parks, attracting all types of volunteers and donors who work in partnership with each Parks' staff. The success of current groups, and the unmet potential of supporters, to better connect parks with their stewards is substantial. 

   Ways You Can Be A Friend

Now more than ever before our State Parks need the support of Friends. The donation of your time, your talent, your treasure, and your testimony is essential to ensuring a vital future for our State Parks. Being a Friend is easy, and fun.


Become a Friend

Learn more about Friends of Colorado State Parks and how you can get involved.

Adopt Colorado’s Outdoor Principles

Sign on as an organization to support and advocate for Colorado’s Outdoor Principles

Donate

Your financial support improves our local Colorado State Parks. Donate today! 


We Promote Colorado's Outdoor Principles by making decisions guided by this agreement with dozens of other stewardship, recreation, and conservation organizations in Colorado.

We Foster a Financially Sustainable Organization with diverse funding sources (grants, events, donations, & sponsors), credible and accountable fiscal practices, and by offering tools for local Friends groups to do the same.

We engage the Community of everyday people using the State Parks, connecting citizens to the State’s most precious resource, inspiring stewardship of the land, and guiding people to fall in love with nature.

We Build a Community of Friends Groups through camaraderie, sharing best practices, educational resources, and nonprofit coaching, offering trainings, fostering a welcoming environment to a diversity of members, and consistently networking online and at our annual rendezvous.

We Advocate for the CPW mission, for open space protection, and for stewardship of our State Parks.


Several members of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife team work in partnership with the Friends board.

Our Support:

  • Fletcher Jacobs, Statewide Volunteer Coordinator

  • Dan Zimmerer, Statewide Partnership Coordinator

  • Gary Thorson, Assistant Director for Information and Education

Friends of Colorado State Parks is grateful for the endorsement and support of key leaders.

Leadership Endorsements:

  • Bob Broscheid, past-Director - Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  • Jeff Shoemaker, Director – Colorado State Parks Foundation

  • Bob Randall, past-Executive Director – Department of Natural Resources

Friends of Colorado State Parks is guided by a volunteer board of directors. This team is focused on growing our organization and assisting the local Friends groups and their programs.

Our Board and Volunteer Staff:

  • Volunteer Executive Director, Matt Gray

  • Board President, Matt Martinez

  • Board Vice-President, Faye Koeltzow

  • Board Treasurer Gary Buffington

  • Grants and Fundraising, Terry Gimbel

  • Grants and Fundraising, Hillary King

  • Marketing and Outreach, Alex Collopy

  • Marketing and Outreach, Kelli Cameron

  • Regional Ambassador, Alissa Mundt

  • Past-President & Founder, Tom Easley