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Friends of Tennessee State Parks

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. 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.

Annual Conference

The 14th Annual Friends Conference will be held at Pickwick Landing State Park on November 3-5, 2017. Interested in making a presentation at the conference?  Please contact Nancy Schelin at nancy.schelin@tn.gov. We look forward to seeing YOU!

Which Parks have a Friends Group?

There are 44 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 2017.

  • Virgin Falls State Natural Area