Friends Groups at Tennessee State Parks
History of The Friends
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.
Why Become a Friend?
- Contribute to positive change in the park(s) you love
- Meet other supporters of Tennessee State Parks
- Educate and inspire the public to protect, conserve, and enjoy all resources of the park(s)
- Organize volunteer events to support park initiatives
- Raise money to enhance government funding for park improvement and education programming
How to Become a Friend
Click the name of the park you’d like to become a Friend of below to find out more about the group and how to get involved. If the park or natural area you’re interested in doesn’t have a link, you can contact the Tennessee State Parks volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-532-5249 for more information.
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Which State Parks and State Natural Areas have a Friends Group?
There are 50 active and established Friends groups. To learn more about a group or how to get involved, visit the group’s website or Facebook page (if available) or contact the volunteer coordinator at email@example.com or 615-532-5249.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Booker T. Washington State Park
Chickasaw State Park
Paris Landing State Park
Standing Stone State Park