Calling All Friends Groups!
Join us for Friends-to-Friends Webinars

You're invited to participate in PTNY's inaugural Friends-to-Friends webinar series. This collection of hour-long webinars focuses on issues relevant to grassroots non-profits that support New York's parks, historic sites and public lands. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, November 19.

Regional Updates from Friends Gatherings

During our Regional Gatherings of Friends this fall, we were fortunate to have the directors from each park region participate and provide updates and insights into the important work happening in their corners of the state. Below are some highlights from these sessions.
Find a more in-depth look at each region as well as other highlights from the gatherings here.

Allegany Region -The Friends of Midway State Park raised nearly $20,000 to support the rehabilitation and installation of historic amusement rides, including a vintage Ferris wheel and mid-century twister ride, as well as some smaller additions such as new arcade games. 
Central Region - Green Lakes State Park, the flagship park destination of the Central Region, added 160 additional acres, acquired from the Sisters of St. Francis of Neumann Communities. The expansion is just one aspect of a larger land protection initiative encompassing more than 760 acres in Central New York and the Southern Tier. 
New York City - On what would have been her 75th birthday, Marsha P. Johnson State Park became the first state park in New York to honor a LGBTQ person and transgender woman of color, enhancing State Parks’ mission to preserve the state's historic legacies and make parks welcoming to all visitors.

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John Brown Lives! Blues at Timbuctoo 2020, a professionally recorded film of renowned vocalists, instrumentalists, performers, and storytellers, went live on November 10th. If you missed this wonderful event that was partially funded by a Park and Trail Partnership Grant, a recording is now available on the John Brown Lives YouTube Channel.

Have you participated in Park Advocacy Day in the past? Would you be interested in participating in the future? Fill out this quick survey to help us make Park Advocacy Day 2021 better than ever.

Looking to start a Friends Group or searching for some best practices for an existing Friends Group? Check out our Best Practices Manual and Friend Resource Kit, available on our website. You'll find social media guidelines, fundraising tips, community outreach strategies and much more.

Johnson Hall State Historic site published its first master plan which includes a strong focus on the site's Mohawk legacy.

Big game season begins November 21 throughout most of the southern zone of New York State and we want to remind outdoor enthusiasts how to safely share the woods with hunters. The state park system offers many places to hunt - just remember to get the proper permits.

A $17 million expansion of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, a military history museum in the Hudson Valley, was dedicated on Veterans Day.


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