Since 2003, the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park, a 501(c)(3) organization, has provided over $1.7 million in support to Hocking Hills State Park. If park management requests our assistance, we raise funds to provide what is needed.
The group's members and directors have received many honors for their work in preserving the Hocking Hills. Most recently the directors Clyde Gosnell and Dr. Louise “Omie” Warner — already ODNR Natural Resource Hall of Fame inductees — were recognized by the National Association of State Park Directors with the prestigious Presidents Award.
Activities, Projects, and Accomplishments:
- Gives annual support to naturalist program and live animal care
- Built a birding blind at Rose Lake
- Built the John Glenn Astronomy Park
- Constructed a wildlife viewing area at Rose Lake
- Built an archery range for park visitors
- Purchased utility vehicles for use in park projects
- Purchased trees for the Visitor Center parking lot
- Partnering with the Ohio State University Engineering Department to design new donation boxes for in the park
- Funding the construction of an accessible fishing pier at Lake Logan.