ABOUT

Friends of Weir Farm

 

We love Weir Farm National Historic Site.

As an official not-for-profit partner for the park, we work hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to promote and enhance Weir Farm NHS.


What We Do

Friends of Weir Farm

 

National parks receive government funding for management, maintenance, and programming. But it often falls short of what is needed to fully fund park programs. As one of more than 200 friends groups that support national parks, we are nimble and effective partners. We secure resources and volunteer our time to support the enduring artistic legacy and preserve the unparalleled natural beauty of Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Friends of Weir Farm is a registered 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code.

Serve as ambassadors for the park.

Friends attend local community events and reach out to civic groups to strengthen community connections and publicize park activities and initiatives. We are building alliances with other not-for-profit organizations to expand our public relations reach.

Raise funds.

Friends seek support from individuals, local businesses, corporations, and grants to support park programs and enhance the visitor experience.

Help the park go above and beyond what it can do on its own.

Friends attract new, diverse and supportive audiences for the park. We aid in developing and offering fun park events for visitors of all ages.

Enjoy the park and each other.

We enjoy working together as much as we like accomplishing things at the park. Whether we contribute time, money, or other resources, we share a passion for Weir Farm and a dedication to advancing its mission.

Join us!


Board of Directors

Friends of Weir Farm

 

Friends of Weir Farm evolved from a group of "Volunteer in Parks" docents who were interested in developing a stronger supportive relationship with the park. We are passionate about spreading the word about the park’s importance as both a cultural and natural resource. We seek to inspire others with our friendly enthusiasm to "Find Your Park" right here in Connecticut.

Friends of Weir Farm National Historic Site is governed by a volunteer board currently composed of five Directors. The Superintendent of the Park, Linda Cook, acts as the National Park Service liaison with the Board.

2016–2017 Officers and Directors

Judy Wander, President
Liz Castagna, Vice President
Sheila Wakoff, Secretary
James Burch, Treasurer
Barbara Blackwell, Board Member

For information or questions about the board and our projects, please contact us.


Impact

Friends of Weir Farm

 

Friends of Weir Farm NHS provides support for projects and programs that directly benefit the park and its 40,000 annual visitors.

2017

Honored to be recipients of the National Park Service George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for the Northeast Region in Group Service.

Received Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust Grant to fund an initiative to open the historic Weir Barn.

Hosted Junior Rangers of all ages in "Junior Ranger 101" activities at Weir Farm as part of National Park Week.

Working closely with Weir Farm NHS park staff to recruit, engage and support volunteers in the Volunteers in Park (VIP) program.

Raising funds and resources for a Historic Furnishings Report and Implementation Plan to open the iconic Weir Barn to the public.

More to come.

2016

Supported the national 'Every Kid in a Park' initiative by helping to bring 350 fourth graders to the National Parks BioBlitz at Weir Farm NHS in May.

Launched a Friends of Weir Farm fundraising campaign to fund new initiatives.

Promoted visitation to Weir Farm National Historic Site at the Maritime Aquarium screening of the "National Parks Adventure" IMAX film.

Served as ambassadors for the park at key community events throughout the season.

Solicited donations and provide lunch and logistical support to 150 park volunteers during the National Parks BioBlitz Host end-of-year recognition for Volunteers in Park program.

2015

Supported the Park's 25th Anniversary Celebration and Open House.

Represented Weir Farm NHS at Cannondale Grange, Muscoot Farms and Danbury Volunteer Fair for Cartus employees to encourage park visitation.

Funded historic furnishings research for the Weir House kitchen to help the park recreate the room as it appeared in 1940.

 

Help us to continue our success!


Contact Us

Friends of Weir Farm

 

Thank you for your interest in Friends of Weir Farm. Please contact us at any time. We would love to hear from you.

Friends of Weir Farm National Historic Site
735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897

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