The Friends of Lakeshore State Park provide funding to improve visitor experiences at Lakeshore State Park through grants and donations. The Friends are currently seeking funding opportunities for the following:
- Prairie Restoration Initiatives: Coordinated with park staff, the Friends help provide funding for prairie forbs and grasses to enhance the aesthetics of the park. Funding needs vary by year, with most seasons requiring around $3,000. The Friends are currently seeking funding to provide additional prairie space at an estimated cost of $25,000 for the 2020 season.
- Re-Decking of the Fishing Pier: The ADA compliant fishing pier is in need of replacement of the deck boards. This pier is used extensively by park staff for the popular Kids Fishing Clinics and by anglers fishing the lagoon. The Friends are looking to provide funding to replace the pressure treated pine boards with composite boards, extending the life of the pier and reducing maintenance needs. The estimated total cost for this project is $40,000.
- Replacement of Sun Shades: The sun shades provide some of the only breaks from the sun in the prairie-focused park. Through the years, the tops of these have seen some wear and tear. The estimated total cost for replacing both sun shades is $28,000.
- Naturalist Position: Due to restrictive budgets within the park system, the Friends provide financial support for additional naturalist staffing. The park provides over 100 educational programs to the public, summer camps, and school field trips each year. The Friends currently fund approximately one month worth of naturalist staff time for programs each year.
- Environmental Education Supplies: Approximately $1000 in environmental supplies are needed each season. Examples of supplies include: aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling supplies, fishing poles, tackle and bait, nature arts and crafts supplies, displays and activities for drop-in programs, etc.
- Future Visitor and Education Center: More details about this project can be found under the Projects tab.