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Many state parks have organized groups of interested citizens that actively support their park. These nonprofit organizations, sometimes referred to as "friends groups," work on behalf of park sites to assist with daily programs, special events, fundraising and public education. These groups serve as important links to local communities and park user groups, as well.

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Look here for Grants, Information, and other Help.

The Friends Groups of the Texas State Parks are a very important part of the Texans for State Parks organization. Without these groups, the organization and parks would be in dire need. Here you will find information concerning grants, the starting of friends groups, and much more to help and encourage our much needed friends. Please click through to our resources page.

Make your Nominations Now for 2017 Friends Group, Texas Park Ranger & Volunteer!

Announcing 2017 Texans for State Parks Awards

Congratulations Again to the 2016 Winners

Outstanding Ranger for the Year 2016!

Wesley Hamilton ~ Ft. Boggy Creek State Park

Outstanding Volunteer Award for the Year 2016!

Andrew Barneby  ~  Devil’s Sinkhole

Outstanding Friend’s Group for the Year 2016! (Tie)

Devil’s Sinkhole Society ~ Devil’s Sinkhole SNA

Friends of Ft. Richardson ~ Ft. Richardson State Park

Last year, our Distinguished Awards Program was a tremendous success thanks to all the great nominations we received. We are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2017 Texans for State Parks Awards Program. We will be recognizing and making awards in the following categories: Anyone can submit a nomination, but we only want one nomination per park in each of the three areas. Each park can provide one nomination in each of the award areas:


Distinguished Volunteer
Distinguished Friends Group
Distinguished Ranger


The winner of Distinguished Volunteer and the Friend’s Group will be presented at the Annual Texans for State Parks meeting February 24th  at McKinney Falls State Park. The winner of the Ranger Award will be presented at an upcoming TPWD Commission meeting.  In addition to statewide and local publicity for winners in each category, a plaque and a donation will be presented to the winning Friends Group. The winning volunteer will receive a plaque and a free annual Texas State Parks pass.

Additional information regarding these awards will be forthcoming by email or US mail on December 1st. Nomination forms and additional information regarding these awards can be found at the Texans for State Parks website ~


Important Dates to Remember

Nominations Open ~ December 1, 2017

Nominations Close ~ January 15, 2018

Awards Presented ~ Annual TfSP Meeting at McKinney Falls State Park

February 24, 2018

Texans for State Parks Awards Committee

Sally Scott         Offie Walker        Ruth Jordan        Tom Rhodes