Education

  • Provided funding for school field trip program for 3,937 students.
  • Funded free tuition & transportation grants to 1264.
  • Led school groups after receiving training from park staff to work with students.
  • Served as volunteer step-on guides for touring groups and tour buses.
  • Served as volunteer nature walk leaders every day, year-round at 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Provided funding for Bighorn Sheep Day, Earth Day, Fossil Day, and Full Moon Hike.
  • Helped support annual programs to observe falcons, swifts and brown bats.
  • Initiated the development of a new Junior Ranger program to debut in 2016.

Membership Support

  • Continued to publish the quarterly FOGGhorn newsletter for members.
  • Provided email updates to members and managed website and Facebook page.
  • Provided articles to local newspapers to increase awareness of FOGG.
  • Offered member field trips to Peterson Field Museum and Dinosaur Ridge.
  • Hosted special events for members including annual membership meeting with guest speaker Dr. Scott Sampson, Fall FOGG party & fundraiser, and lunch after the Audubon Bird Count.

Preservation, Restoration and Advocacy

  • Contributed $13,000 to Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) for trail restoration and re-vegetation in the southeast area of the Park.
  • Served as the catalyst for $470,000 of future improvements, including new restrooms, for the Central Garden that City Council approved; with planning & construction in 2016-17.
  • Funded the repair of the rock wall at the Jaycee Plaza.
  • Led park clean-up efforts on Earth Day.
  • Coordinated monthly volunteer clean-up of 30th Street.
  • Attended and spoke at City Parks Advisory Board, TOPS and City Council meetings in support of Garden of the Gods.

Community Involvement and Fundraising

  • Continued close relationships with organizations focused on Garden of the Gods: the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, Visitor & Nature Center Staff, Garden of the Gods Foundation, RMFI, and TOSC.
  • Hosted the Moonlight Hike in the Garden with TOSC.
  • Participated in the Advisory Forum of Friends Groups.
  • Raised $10,700 during end-of-year fundraiser to support the Garden.
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