I would like to personally thank each of you for your interest in partnering with Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site in a Friends Group capacity. I am excited about the upcoming year and the exiting new programs that we will be offering.
Most of you are probably acquainted with the terminology of a friend’s group, but for those of you who aren’t, here’s a short-defined answer:
State Park Friends Groups are volunteer-led, membership-based nonprofit partners that support a park site through volunteerism, fundraising and public education. Friends Groups also serve as an important link to the community.
In the past, Seminole Canyon’s main focus has been tour driven to some of the most spectacular rock art in the state of Texas. However, this year we are in the planning stages of offering additional programs to further the parks goals, to extend the visitor outdoor experience, and to educate within our community.
Here is a list of some of the programs we are in the process of implementing:
- Bust tour to Panther Cave Overlook
- Night sky program
- Hike and kayak tour to Panther Cave
- Dutch oven program
- Educational programs offered in our local library
- Community outreach
So, the question is, how can a friends group help?
First of all, each and every one of you have something to offer. Some of you may be historians, archeologist, or rock art enthusiasts. While others, may be good working with your hands, photographers, have great ideas, experts in fundraising, or just downright passionate about Seminole Canyon State Park! Which ever it may be, your skills and passion are needed. Members of a friend’s group can help by volunteering their time guiding tours, helping in educational outreach, donations to the park, participate in working along park staff in projects or trail cleanup, take photos for promotional purposes. Trust me, there is always something that needs to be done in a state park. There are also times when a friends group has ideas or would like to implement a new tour or structure within the park. All these things are considered and partnered together with us here at Seminole Canyon.
From the parks point of view, at this time, this is how members of a Friends Group could help:
- Volunteers to guide tours
- Volunteers to lead various programs
- Volunteers for community outreach
- Volunteers to help with projects & trail clean up
- Volunteers to coordinate fund raising (Funds needed to purchase 10 kayaks for Panther Cave Tour & funds needed to re-paint Tour Bus)
As of right now, there are several individuals that have shown a passionate interest in organizing a Friends Group for Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site. If you, or someone you know would like to partner with us in organizing or volunteering in a Friends Group for Seminole Canyon, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself, or Sandy and Henny Sands (210) 488-5817.
Once again, thank you for your interest and willingness to help to preserve and cultivate Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site!
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site