Friends of Delaware State Parks
Friends groups are independent non-profit organizations of community members dedicated to assisting a particular park. Friends groups help with special events and programs, park maintenance, planning, fundraising, staffing the nature centers and advocating for the park.
There are currently 16 friends groups that actively support Delaware State Parks:
Maintains a unique steam car collection and miniature railway and supports garden and trails initiatives at the preserve in Yorklyn, Delaware. Volunteer opportunities range from assisting with events to collection maintenance and giving tours in the mansion and museum.
Active group that supports the summer concert series, provides camp and school scholarships, funds summer interns and champions historic preservation of the Mt Pleasant Parsonage, Meeting House and Cemetery.
Sponsors clean-up projects, supports park events and provides environmental education scholarships at Brandywine Creek State Park.
Coordinates monthly trail maintenance, purchased the live Osprey Camera, supports park projects and events, host special events and sponsors the Bike Barn - Park Pedalers Program.
Supports Delaware Seashore State Park and the Indian River Life-Saving Station.
Non-profit partner organization that supports the Brandywine Zoo’s education and conservation mission through business operations, fundraising, membership, and events.
Committed to the preservation of the WWII Fort Miles Historic Area in Cape Henlopen State Park. Opened the new Fort Miles Museum in 2017 and provided tours to thousands of visitors. Active funding and grant writing supports new infrastructure in the Fort Miles Historic area including a new entrance road and parking lot, a new event venue and ocean overlook and other improvements.
Promotes social interaction and outdoor sports by supporting and making recommendations regarding the maintenance, operation, and planning for Garrisons Lake Golf Course. Support efforts to provide availability of a top of the line golf facility for the residents of Delaware and the region and provide the community with ability to enjoy golf and outdoor recreation thru programs for players of all abilities and youth programs. Garrison’s Lake Golf Course is a public golf course operated by Forewinds Hospitality as part of Delaware State Parks.
Helps with park maintenance and coordinates the Summer Concert Series. Dedicated to the preservation and constant improvement of a natural resource treasure.... Advocate, Maintain, Fulfill, Protect.
Active group that volunteer trail and gardening, supports the summer concert series, sponsor Children’s Nature Programs, helps with park projects and events and hosts special events.
Thanks to the these Friends, who have sponsored CIMA Volunteer Accident and Liability Insurance for all Delaware State Park Volunteers.
Helps with park maintenance and fundraising at Lums Pond State Park.
The Friends of Lums Pond, Inc. is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization formed in 2002 to protect and preserve Lums Pond State Park through enhancement projects, public relations, and the education of users.
The organization is independent of Delaware State Parks and relies instead on the work of active volunteers.
The group's aim is to unite with others of like interest in order to make positive changes to Lums Pond State Park and to encourage greater utilization of the park.
They do this by:
- increasing public awareness
- maintaining plantings around the Park Office and campground
- assisting in the maintenance of multi-use trails
- raising funds to enhance park facilities
There are no dues or fees to join. The only requirement is an interest in Lums Pond State Park. The Friends of Lums Pond meet on the second Saturday of each month. Please email The Friends of Lums Pond or contact one of the officers listed below at (302) 368-6989 for more information.
Clara Robbs (President): Email
Rich Miller (Treasurer): Email
Founded in 1950, the Friends of Old Dover is our newest friends group and sponsors the iconic Dover Days each spring and supports the First State Heritage Park at Dover.
Helps to attain funding and provides assistance with the Port Penn Interpretive Center.
Active membership that sponsors annual bike rally, conduct fundraising and grant writing, provide scholarships for environmental education, added new playground, host special events and support park projects and events.
Engaged membership that staff the Nature Center, monitors bluebird boxes, conducts trail maintenance and provides active fundraising and grant support in White Clay Creek State Park.
Sponsors and coordinates Summer Concerts, conducts fundraising and grant writing, host special events, sponsors and maintains the Jasper Crane Rose Garden and provides maintenance for Wilmington State Parks.