Wisconsin Park Volunteers Enjoy Wyalusing State Park

The announcement that Wyalusing State Park will be the host park for the Wisconsin State Park Volunteer Jamboree in 2010 was welcomed as another 'can do' challenge by The Friends of Wyalusing and the Wyalusing State Park staff.

The southwest area of Wisconsin has so much to offer, from its interesting history, the marvelous scenery and the local cuisine to the talented and friendly residents. Wyalusing State Park has the one of a kind Hugh Harper Indoor Group Camp in the state park system. The planning committee's goal was to showcase all of these attributes for the participants of the Jamboree.

The Wisconsin State Volunteer Jamboree occurs every fall. The Wisconsin State Park System sponsors a Volunteer Jamboree for all volunteers, campgrounds hosts and friends who have volunteered their time at Wisconsin's state parks, forests and trails during the past season. The Jamboree was held September 12-14, 2010. Nearly 100 participants took part in this year's event.

Peter Biermeier, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Parks and staff provided the volunteers with a listening session, introductions of all the attendees, and acted as master of ceremonies.

The program of activities included: a campfire sing-a-long led by Mike McCoy, the Birds of Wyalusing State Park narrated by Chris West, Mississippi River boat tours provided by Mississippi River Explorer, narrated by Michael Douglas and Chris West, a delicious catfish dinner prepared by Gary Stram and his wife, stories around the campfire with story teller Faye Stone, and an evening of stars presented by the Wyalusing State Park Star-Splitters.

Monday's lunch was provided by Ma's Bakery of Bloomington, WI. Items and coupons from Shihata's Orchard, Culvers, 3M and The Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce filled tote bags provided by The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

The Friends of Wyalusing as well as Wyalusing State Park staff assisted in the planning and execution of the two day jamboree.

Additional Photos can be viewed by clicking here.

The Friends of Wyalusing invite everyone to the next event: Spirits of Wyalusing Past held September 25, 2010 at the Peterson Shelter. Events begin at 7:00 PM. Park vehicle admission sticker is required.

The Friends of Wyalusing welcome all new members. Please visit wyalusing.org or call the park office at (608) 996-2261.

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Great pictures and a great time Kathy.  I already have them on our Facebook page.  You guys did the best job we have seen at a guest host gathering.  We are so proud to be a part of Wyalusing.  Didn't hear one negative word, and nothing but compliments.



A big "thanks" to you, your staff, the volunteers, and the Friends of your beautiful Park.

This was the first Jamboree that my wife and I have attended and can`t tell you how much we enjoyed the days and nites with all the volunteers.

The food was terrific, the star gazing was fantastic, the campfire programs were very soothing and the trips that were planned at the River and in the Villa are not soon to be forgotten.

Thanks again to you and all the volunteers that made this possible and please pass our appreciation onto them.

Diane and Paul Kropp

Friends of Mirror Lake State Park
Hi Bev,

I hope you have had a chance to recover from your busy schedule with the Volunteer Jamboree. I want to thank you for taking the lead on this event and making it such a great success. It was obvious that you had put in many hours in preparation, planning and coordination to pull this event off. You and all of the park staff and volunteers deserve a huge "thanks" from the parks program for your work. I really enjoyed spending the day with the group and hearing there concerns as well as there successes. I have already heard back from a few managers who had volunteers at the event and they had nothing but great things to report! Nice work, I really appreciate your efforts.

Thanks again,