Hartman Creek State Park serves as many things to many people. Any casual stroll will reveal a number of memorial benches, rocks, a restored log cabin, amphitheater seating, a butterfly garden, and even an eagle, all bearing homage to loved ones. It is clear, it is not just a piece of land, but a kind of oasis where memories have been created and cherished.
The Friends are honored to serve as recipient for memorial donations, working with park staff and families to craft appropriate projects for loved ones.
The Friends of Hartman Creek State Park, known officially as Friends of Hartman Creek Cooperating Association, Inc. was fully recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) on July 3, 1996. Our corporation was organized for the charitable and educational purpose of supporting, assisting, and promoting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with interpretive, scientific, historic, and related visitor services at Hartman Creek State Park. We sponsor and support volunteer interpretive services and environmental education activities, seminars, lectures, and other activities that contribute to the interpretive and educational programs of the park. We provide for the distribution and sale of appropriate interpretive materials, such as books, pamphlets, and photography at the park. We battle invasive species. We also provide financial support to the park for the furtherance of its interpretive programs, facilities, and resources, raising revenues though such methods as membership fees, donations, sales, and special events. Our four objectives, as stated in our mission statement are:
- To preserve the natural status of the park and enhance those areas that will educate, motivate, and provide solace to users.
- To enable indigenous wildlife to live and prosper within the limits of the park.
- To educate the users of the park about the park by providing information, guides, and appropriate learning facilities.
- To maintain the quality of the park, so that the park and its amenities will be accessible and in excellent condition for long-term use.