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Friends of Tennessee State Parks

Friends are concerned citizens who have banded together to assist in protecting, preserving and promoting the beauty and the splendor of their favorite state park. These groups give selflessly of their time, talents and energy to help ensure their park’s integrity is intact for future generations to enjoy. To find out more about a group or how to get involved with one, check out the Friends Web page or contact the Tennessee State Parks volunteer coordinator at tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov or (615) 532-5249.

In 1993, Tennessee passed legislation authorizing private, non-profit groups to organize for “maintaining and enhancing the purposes, programs and functions of the state park system”. These groups, more commonly known as Friends, are concerned citizens who have banded together to assist in protecting, preserving and promoting the beauty and the splendor of their favorite state park. They give selflessly of their time, talents and energy to help ensure the park’s integrity is intact for future generations to enjoy.

10th Annual Friends Conference

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Friends Conference on November 15-17, 2013 at Montgomery Bell State Park.

Registration is now open.

Please click here for conference details and to register.

Which Parks have a Friends Group?

There are 35 active and established Friends groups. To find out more about a group or how to get involved with one, check out the group’s website (if available) or contact the volunteer coordinator at: tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov or (615) 532-5249.

The following state parks have interest groups formed that are working toward becoming official friends’ groups in 2014.

 

Interested in learning more about this group or becoming a member? Contact Ranger Travis Bow at travis.bow@tn.gov or 931-879-5821.