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


As one of more than 200 friends groups that support the national parks, Friends of Weir Farm National Historic Site works to be a nimble and effective partner with the park. National parks benefit from a mix of private and public funding to raise awareness and appreciation, as well as support programming and investment in restoration and preservation. Friends of Weir Farm NHS secures resources and volunteer our time to support the park, and works closely with park staff and volunteers to help enhance the park's programs and objectives.

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

Serve as ambassadors for the park.

Friends attend 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 educational programs and 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 NHS and a dedication to advancing its mission.

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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 four Directors. The Superintendent of the Park, Linda Cook, acts as the National Park Service liaison with the Board.

2017–2018 Officers and Directors

Judy Wander, President
Liz Castagna, Vice President
Sheila Wakoff, Secretary
James Burch, Treasurer

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



Friends of Weir Farm


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


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 NHS as part of National Park Week.

Worked closely with Weir Farm NHS park staff to recruit, engage, and support volunteers in the Volunteers in Park (VIP) program and helped the park increase capacity by 20%.

Established Young Steward of Weir Farm NHS award to recognize the exceptional contributions of National Park interns and honored three seasonal interns in the first year.


Supported the national 'Every Kid in a Park' initiative by helping to bring over 350 fourth graders to the National Parks BioBlitz at Weir Farm NHS in May. In addition, coordinated donations and provided lunch and logistical support to 150 park volunteers during the event.

Launched a Friends of Weir Farm NHS fundraising campaign to fund new initiatives for the National Park Centennial.

Promoted visitation to Weir Farm NHS at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk screening of the "National Parks Adventure" IMAX film.

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

Hosted end-of-year recognition for Volunteers in Park program.


Supported the park's milestone 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 restore the room to its circa 1940 appearance.

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Friends of Weir Farm


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