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Dear Jessica,
PTNY staff traveled across the state for what has become an annual fall tradition to meet with Friends groups and park staff at our Regional Friends Gatherings, hosted in partnership with State Parks.

As part of this whirlwind tour, we visited the new Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park and the new Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site. We saw first-hand the results of the Governor’s Parks 2020 initiative and the success of public-private partnerships in bringing new resources to the state park system and connecting even more people with nature and our state’s heritage.

But most important, we heard from Friends groups and park staff about their incredible efforts to enhance the state park system and we shared ideas for making those efforts even more effective, some of which you can learn more about below. We were so inspired by the creativity and dedication we saw and are honored to be a part of this amazing community of park supporters. 

Warm regards,
Laura DiBetta 
Director, Parks Program & Government Relations
Grants Deadline Approaching

A reminder to state park and historic site Friends groups: the application deadline for the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program is December 2, 2016.

New Resources for Friends Groups Now Available

PTNY’s online Friends Resource Kit is designed to provide
the board, staff and vol
unteers of nonprofit Friends groups with the tools and resources needed to grow and strengthen their organization. From templates and samples, to our Friends in Focus fact sheet series which explores in-depth topics, to links to key resources, there's something here for every organization.

All Aboard

State parks throughout New York are beginning to implement shuttle buses for tourists—a concept that can yield great benefits for both visitors and the local tourist economy.

Making the Outdoors More Accessible

Some new improvements at state parks will make it easier for people with disabilities or physical challenges to launch kayaks and canoes at popular paddling locations.

Connect Kids to Parks Grants

Teachers, start planning your field trips now! The Connect Kids to Parks Grant Program is available to Title 1 classrooms across the state to defray the costs of bus transportation to state parks and historic sites for field trips.

Friends Gather Across New York

Nearly 200 Friends and staff of NY State Parks and Historic Sites, including representatives from 60 Friends groups, came together this fall to share their successes and challenges and talk about ways to be even stronger partners in the stewardship of New York's state park system.

I Love My Park Day Resources Ready for 2017

It's not too early to start planning your I Love My Park Day volunteer event! Take a look at our updated resources for organizers to help make the May 6, 2017 event the most successful one yet.

You Gotta Have Tips: Google Drive

Google Drive is a free tool that allows files to be accessed from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. This resource might be useful for small or all-volunteer Friends groups that want to store and share information among board members, staff and volunteers and help ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Featured Friends - Friends of Fillmore Glen

The Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes is one of the newest Friends groups in New York State. They are off to a roaring start, with a hugely successful first-ever I Love My Park Day event already under their belts and many more projects and programs in the works.

Short Takes / Resources
November 29: Giving Tuesday/NY Gives

December 2: Park & Trail Partnership Program grants application deadline

March 13: Park Advocacy Day

May 6: I Love My Park Day
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