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Friends Groups

Lincoln Park Concert

Friends Groups of Milwaukee County Parks

Many of the programs, events and projects in Milwaukee County parks are made possible through the efforts of park friends groups, neighborhood associations and partner organizations. Numerous non-profit groups volunteer their time on a range of activities – from hosting summer concerts and fundraising to weeding and presenting educational programs.

Find information and resources for existing, new and yet-to-be friends groups!

Download the Friends Group Field Guide!

Get Involved!

For hands-on work and meaningful connections with the community, join a group, get involved and support your Milwaukee County Parks! If you don't see your favorite park listed, consider starting your own group.  

Find a Friends Group!


Partner Highlights

WeedOut! with The Park People of Milwaukee County

Park People

Since 1977, The Park People of Milwaukee County, Inc. has helped to ensure a vibrant Milwaukee County park system by mobilizing community volunteers, leading initiatives such as Weed-Out, offering tangible tributes/memorials such as commemorative benches and trees, and increasing community awareness.

The Park People also operates as an umbrella organization for many park-specific friends groups throughout Milwaukee County.

Get Details on The Park People!

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Volunteers

Friends of …
Boerner Botanical Gardens
The Domes

These three groups, each a 501(c)(3), present special events and educational programs, raise funds and manage the on-site gift shops as well as tangible tribute/memorial programs. Membership benefits include free admission and parking at the associated facility, discounts on select programs and events, and discounts on items in the gift shop.

Get Details on Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens!

Get Details on Friends of The Domes!

Get Details on Friends of Wehr!

Milwaukee Parks Foundation - Founding Member Mug

Milwaukee Parks Foundation

Milwaukee Parks Foundation engages our community in supporting Milwaukee County Parks to collectively steward a thriving park system.

To ensure a vibrant park system for all, The Foundation’s growing membership program offers giving options to everyone and brings together the community and its resources.

The Foundation is similar to foundations throughout the country that support urban park systems. Learn more about how you can get involved with the newly established Milwaukee Parks Foundation.

Get Details on the Foundation!


9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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