Friends & Affiliates

Collaboration between active parks friends groups and parks staff has proven be one of the best ways to improve the facilities, natural assets and quality of experience found at some of Arizona's most visited state parks.

The recipe for success is simple: gather a group of enthusiastic park patrons, let them partner on projects with park staff, toss in a bit of financial support and the result can be astonishing:

  • New and restored hiking trails;
  • Refurbished historical buildings;
  • Clean lake shores and re-vegetated rivers;
  • Parks festivals, fairs, wildlife watching events;
  • Improved exhibits, educational programs, interpretive sites…
With recognition of the significant benefits that friends groups bring, ASPF is strongly committed to assisting existing friends organizations with special projects, helping new friends groups get up and running, and providing a means for friends organizations from around Arizona to augment their voice as advocates for individual parks.

To do these things, ASPF offers grants and sponsorship assistance to established friends groups, provides start-up assistance to newly formed groups, and provides an easy means for parks volunteers and patrons to legally organize as a tax-exempt LLC affiliate of the Foundation. In all cases, ASPF supports and respects the independence of individual parks friends groups on the premise that local initiative enterprise and enthusiasm produce the best results.

The following links connect to the websites and work of State Parks friends organization.

Benefactors of Red Rock State Park
P.O. Box 525
Sedona, AZ 86339
email: benefactorsofrrsp@earthlink.net
www.benefactorsrrsp.org

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 Hwy 60
Superior, AZ 85273
520-689-2811
http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu

Friends of Kartchner Caverns State Park

P.O. Box 30995
Tucson, Arizona 85751
520-668-7707
www.explorethecaverns.com

Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park *
P.O. Box 8976
Apache Junction, AZ  85178-8976

www.friends of lostdutchman.com

Friends of Oracle State Park

P.O. Box 8405 CRB
Tucson, AZ 85738
520-825-0488
www.friendsosp.org

Friends of Roper Lake State Park*
www.roperlake.org

Friends of Slide Rock State Park
P.O. Box 3432
Flagstaff, AZ 86003
928-282-1191
www.friendsofsliderock.com

Friends of Sonoita Creek
HC2 Box 273
Nogales, AZ 85721
www.sonoitacreek.org

Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park*
P.O. Box 841
Payson, AZ  85547-0841
email: info@tontobridge.com
www.tontobridge.com


Friends of Verde River Greenway
*
P.O. Box 2535
Cottonwood, AZ 86324
www.verderivergreenway.org

*indicates Affiliate of Arizona State Parks Foundation