Education

  • Fund elementary school field trip programs for thosuands of Colorado Springs school children.
  • Fund tuition-free educational programs and transportation grants for schools in poor neighborhoods
  • Our members are trained by park staff to lead school groups through the park.
  • We serve as volunteer step-on guides for touring groups and tour buses.
  • Our members lead nature walks in the park every day, year-round at 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Provide funding for Bighorn Sheep Day, Earth Day, Fossil Day, and the Full Moon Hike.
  • Our funding helps support annual programs for observing rarely seen falcons, swifts and brown bats.
  • Initiated development of a new Junior Ranger program that debuted in 2016.

Membership Support

  • Members receive the FOGGhorn newsletter which is published and distributed quarterly
  • Monthly ‘E-blasts’ provide the latest news and details for members-only social events.
  • The FOGG board publishes articles in local newspapers to increase awareness of FOGG.
  • Our members participate in exclusive social events and field trips led by local experts
  • The annual membership meeting, hosted and catered by our board, includes an address by our president and entertainment
  • Our annual fund-raising luncheon follows the December Audubon bird count

Preservation, Restoration and Advocacy

  • We contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) each year for trail restoration and re-vegetation of the Park
  • We are the catalyst for many park improvements, including new restrooms, traffic monitoring, and erosion control measures
  • Funded the repair of the rock wall at the Jaycee Plaza.
  • Our members led park clean-up efforts on Earth Day.
  • We Coordinate monthly volunteer clean-up of 30th Street.
  • We attend and speak at City Parks Advisory Board meetings and TOPS and City Council meetings in support of Garden of the Gods.

Community Involvement and Fundraising

  • We maintain 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, TOSC, and the Trading Post.
  • Every year, along with our TOSC and the Nature Center, we host the Moonlight Hike in the Garden
  • We participate in the Advisory Forum of Friends Groups established by the City Parks Department.
  • Our annual fundraiser raises thousands of dollars to support the Garden
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