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"Friends" groups and other partnering organizations offer valuable support for Montana State Parks.

Archaeology dig at Travelers' Rest State Park

Bannack Days

Giant Springs State Park

Citizens’ associations, or "friends" groups, and various other organizations are a valuable source of support for Montana State Parks. They work on special projects, develop and promote special events, and serve as visitor center attendants, volunteer naturalists, photographers, and website developers, among other things. Join them! Their valuable contributions of time and funding help to:

  • preserve, restore, and enhance natural and cultural resources;
  • provide improved services and facilities for visitors;
  • increase public awareness and support of the park; and
  • enhance educational and interpretive activities.
Montana State Parks Partners

Montana State Parks Foundation
The Montana State Parks Foundation, founded in August 2015, is the official nonprofit fundraising partner of Montana State Parks.

The Foundation supports Montana's state parks and recreation culture by raising awareness, fundraising and building advocates, to ensure our parks and recreation system is one of the best in the nation.

There are many ways you can help. Make a donation, volunteer, voice your support. For information, visit Montana State Parks Foundation website or call 406-203-5828.

Our Montana, Inc.
Our Montana, Inc. works to preserve the scenic, historic, archaeological, scientific and recreational resources of Montana’s parks, rivers, historic sites and trails, and to provide for their use and enjoyment. Our Montana’s conservation director participated as a member of the State Parks Futures Committee which develops important ideas for the future of the Montana State Parks system. Visit the Our Montana, Inc. website to learn more about their valuable contribution to the cultural, educational, recreational and economic life of Montana.

Ackley Lake Club
The Ackley Lake Club is a citizen created organization established to sustain and improve recreational facilities and opportunities at Ackley Lake. For more information, email Nancy Epkes at

Bannack Association
The Bannack Association is a grass-roots organization that works hand-in-hand with Montana State Parks to promote and preserve this National Historic Landmark. Through fund-raising, promotional efforts, and individual participation, association members are making a real difference in the future of Bannack. In addition, the association works to develop and preserve historical artifacts and records from Bannack and prepares and regularly distributes an informative, historical newsletter. The Bannack Association helped to raise funds for the 2012 new Group Use Shelter at Bannack.

Masons of Bannack Historic Lodge 3-7-77
The Masons of Bannack Historic Lodge 3-7-77 work with Montana State Parks for the continued maintenance and stabilization of the historic lodge building at Bannack. The Bannack Lodge no. 16 was chartered in 1871 and its impressive neoclassical structure housing the lodge and the local school, was built in 1874. Today, Lodge 3-7-77 continues to work for the preservation of the heritage, sights and history of Masonry relating to the Bannack area.The Masons also helped to raise funds for the 2012 new Group Use Shelter at Bannack.

Lewis & Clark Caverns Association
Lewis & Clark Caverns Association is an organization of dedicated volunteers that support Montana's first state park. Founded in 2014, the association works closely with Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park and provides suggestions and community input regarding Lewis and Clark Caverns’ future.

The Lewis & Clark Caverns Association is dedicated to:

  • Working with local/state communities and businesses.
  • Engaging youth in the outdoors.
  • Supporting recreational opportunities at the park (mountain biking, hiking, et.)
  • Hosting special events.
  • Helping to maintain and support infrastructure/staff in the park.

For more information, contact the Lewis & Clark Caverns Association at (406) 479-0089, e-mail or visit them on Facebook.

Friends of the Madison Buffalo Jump
Friends of the Madison Buffalo Jump is the principal volunteer organization supporting Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. Their mission is to promote stewardship and preserve, protect, and share the cultural, natural, and archaeological heritage of the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park for the benefit of all people.

To learn more, follow Friends of the Madison Buffalo Jump on Facebook or contact Bill Goold (703) 606-2531. Further information and contacts ( pdf icon and link to Information and contacts 97 KB)

Friends of Makoshika
Friends of Makoshika is a citizen support group established in 1992. Its purpose is to promote Makoshika State Park and support park activities. The group organizes fund-raising activities, annual park events, and community activities. For more information, contact the park at (406) 377-6256 or e-mail

The Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association
The Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association  is dedicated to preserving the rich cultural and natural resources of the Travelers' Rest site; to inspiring stewardship of our collective heritage; and to providing an educational and aesthetic benefit to the community. Volunteer your time and talents, make a donation, and read the association's newsletter at the Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association website.

State and Federal Agencies
Many public agencies also work in partnership with Montana State Parks to enhance and protect park resources for today’s visitors and tomorrow's generations. These state and federal agencies include:


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