The Date For the Annual Meeting Has Been Moved

Hello everyone, the Annual Meeting has been moved from February 23 & 24 to May 11 & 12.  Please adjust your calendars.

The 2018 conference at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin will build on that success with topics to
benefit current friend’s groups in their work supporting their parks, and to help interested volunteers form new
groups to benefit parks that don’t yet have a group.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing commitment of an amazing network of
people and organizations who stand up for our Texas State Parks system. With
the generous support of our members, over this past year, we have important
accomplishments to celebrate. The 2017 TfSP conference hosted, in
partnership with the Friends of Cleburne State Park was a huge success with a
program to help parks in building new groups,
Friends Groups in growing their membership,

and engaging a new generation of park stewards.
If you attended the 2017, conference, let us know what you would like on the
2018 agenda. If you were unable to attend the last conference, we hope you will
make plans to join us in 2018, and let us know what you would like included in the
2018 program.
Distinguished Awards: In 2015, TfSP began the Distinguished Awards Program to recognize Distinguished
Friends Group, Distinguished Ranger, and Distinguished Park Volunteer. Anyone, park
staff, volunteer, friend’s group member, or visitor can make a nomination. One award will
be given in each of these three areas.  The winners will be presented at the Annual TfSP
meeting May 11, and the winner of the Ranger Award will also be presented at a
TPWD Commission meeting.
Watch for information about the Nomination forms to vote the Volunteer, Friends Group or
Park Ranger on the TfSP web page,