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Friends of State Parks, Inc. exercises its private sector nonprofit abilities to add value to NC's park system in areas where government action may be restricted such as
  • creating and maintaining a membership program focused on supporting state parks
  • providing outreach on issues affecting state parks
  • advocating to improve the state parks system
  • coordinating a volunteer workforce to support programs and other initiatives
  • leveraging private sector contracting mechanism to address urgent, innovative or singular needs not suited to government purchasing processes
  • partnering with other organizations and private companies to achieve a shared objective
  • stimulating and unifying local Friends groups
  • raising money to enhance government funding
  • providing a means to request and administer legacy gifts or other investment opportunities  

How do we accomplish our mission?


• Communicating with the NC State Parks & Recreation division, park rangers, state legislators, local chapters and

the general public about concerns, needs and issues affecting state parks.

• Leveraging independent, nonprofit capabilities to address needs in areas where government action

may be restricted.

• Raising money to complement government funding for park improvements and education initiatives.


• Providing financial, legal and outreach resources to local Friends chapters and bringing chapters together for

membership meetings.

• Engaging local communities by maintaining membership and sponsorship programs focused on supporting our

state parks and projects.

• Coordinating volunteer efforts to support programs, events and other park initiatives.

• Providing a means to request and manage legacy gifts and other investment opportunities.


• Promoting healthy, outdoor recreational opportunities at NC state parks.

• Encouraging youth involvement in parks through environmental education programs.

• Developing initiatives to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of state park use.

Friends of State Parks, Inc.

PO Box 182

Bethania, NC  27010

Friends of State Parks, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 58-1634155) under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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