is the Friends of Fire Island National Seashore?
A not-for-profit organization formed by individuals to support Fire Island National Seashore, independent of the National Park Service.
We raise funds, volunteer, and support the National Seashore in preserving and protecting natural and historical resources of this outstanding national park.
What can the Friends do that the National Park Service cannot?
By law, parks can accept donations, but not solicit them. Park officials are prohibited from advocating for legislation or funding from elected officials. The Friends of Fire Island National Seashore can advocate for the Seashore and let our elected officials and others know how important the park is for the millions of people who live, work, and play here.
Why should private citizens support national parks?
Parks are an integral part of their communities. Fire Island National Seashore, including the William Floyd Estate, represents the long heritage of this area as well as opportunities for sight-seeing, bird watching, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, beach activities, and other recreation. Community support ensures that the park is able to continue to provide valued services and expand facilities and services beyond what is available from federal funding. In addition, the Friends group is able to represent the community directly to the park management on a regular basis.
Find out more information about Fire Island National Seashore.
Do other national parks have Friends groups?
Yes, there are more than 150 groups supporting our national parks.
How can I help?
Please contact us if you would like additional information on how to help.