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Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization led by a Board of Directors. While our Board members come from various backgrounds with a variety of interests and skills, each member is committed to our mission of protecting, preserving and promoting Castlewood Canyon State Park, its history and its resources. All of our Board members are active in fundraising events for the Park.  Although it is not a requirement for Board participation, most are also registered CPW volunteers, donating their time to Park operations and events as well as activities of FoCCSP.


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Founding President 1997 - 2002

I was the incorporating and founding president of Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park. Why? To preserve, protect and promote the Park, which at the time was in immediate danger of being area-limited and boxed in by land developers. We needed a buffer zone around the Park! Colorado State Parks (before the CPW merger) was motivated but had neither the staff nor the resources to make timely acquisition of threatened properties a reality and they needed help.  Thus, the genesis of Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park, as an autonomous organization, to help lead the charge, form coalitions, raise funds, lobby state/local politicians and energize the local population.  What we started then still goes on today and continues to grow.  Come join us.


Board_Bev Finamore



Bev is behind the scenes at most Park and Friends sponsored events. Her most recent success was taking a leadership role in the Park's Leave No Trace Gold Standard Achievement. 


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Co- Secretary

Linda volunteered to join the secretarial team in early 2022.   A volunteer since 2020, Linda is an avid raptor monitor with a special place in her heart for our Turkey Vultures. 

Her photos of Castlewood's  raptors have enhanced our newsletter Voice of the Canyon.


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 Member at Large

A volunteer since 2009, and a Friends board member since 2012, Liz's contribution to the Park is significant. She manages the native garden, writes grants, prepares naturalist training material and is involved with the  interpretive sign project. 


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Co-Treasurer, Co-Secretary, and Membership Chair

Jeannette has been volunteering at the Park since 2013. In addition to her treasurer responsibilities, she enjoys bluebird monitoring and is a knowledgeable Park Ambassador at the West Gate and nearly all FoCCSP events. Jeannette is also your best friend at the end of the hot chocolate line after the Haunted Trail event.



Co-Secretary and Member at Large

Bridget enjoys monitoring blue bird boxes, working in the native garden, and planning and organizing volunteer participation at many Park events, including Park participation in the annual Parker Days Parade! 


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Member at Large

Chris volunteers his time at several community organizations and we are fortunate to have him at Castlewood. He is a regular at most FoCCSP events and one of our newest board members. Chris is also an attendant and Park Ambassador at both the main entrance and the west gate and a proud member of the Wildcat Canyon HOA.

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