Our Vision

We are fortunate to have this national treasure that is Weir Farm NHS right in our backyard. Our vision is for individuals of all ages and interests to visit Weir Farm and enjoy a meaningful national park experience. We believe in a shared responsibility to protect our parks as a living inheritance for future generations.

We are focused on the following key values:

ENGAGEMENT

Sharing our passion with the community.

As ambassadors for the park, we are committed to increasing public awareness. By creating additional opportunities for people to visit and enjoy Weir Farm NHS, we seek to actively engage both our members and the communities that surround us. Special programming, such as our seasonal Junior Ranger Days, allows visitors to regularly connect with the park. From promotional and media campaigns to fostering relationships with local civic groups, keeping the community mindful and appreciative of Weir Farm NHS is central to our mission.

COLLABORATION

Working together to preserve the Weir Farm legacy.

Friends of Weir Farm understands the power of working with diverse partners who share the vision to support the legacy of Weir Farm. It is through our collective passion and appreciation for the park that we can realize our goals. To expand our capabilities and foster community access and support, we work closely with Weir Farm NHS staff and local organizations, including the Weir Farm Art Alliance and G&B Foundation. We build strategic partnerships with other not-for-profit organizations, including other national park friends groups, primarily through the National Park Conservation Association.

Artwork by Cora Weir Ely

SUPPORT

Fundraising initiatives leverage our impact.

Weir Farm NHS relies on both federal appropriations and the generosity of private philanthropy. We are champions for the park’s programs and initiatives, and take a strong leadership role in helping raise funds through donations from individuals, local businesses and corporations, as well as through grants from philanthropic organizations. By sharing our love and passion for the park, we seek to attract new, diverse and supportive audiences, and have proudly funded initiatives such as the opening of the Weir Barn, through generous grants from both the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust and the Ridgefield Thrift Shop.

ADVOCACY

Steadfastly backing and supporting the park.

 Preserving the legacy of Weir Farm NHS is at the heart of everything we do. We act on behalf of the park and its visitors when we feel an independent voice is needed to protect the park’s operations and future. For example, during the 2018 U.S. Government Shutdown, we informed the public of our efforts to support the park and advocated with legislative representatives for a timely resolution of the funding to reopen the park. Additionally, in January 2020, along with the Weir Farm Art Alliance, we proposed to the Connecticut United States congressional delegation a name change to Weir Farm National Historical Park, which would better represent the park’s broad cultural, natural and recreational resources. This legislation is currently pending in committees in both the House and Senate, and we continue to actively support this initiative.

STEWARDSHIP

Protecting and preserving this national treasure.

Our commitment to the conservation of Weir Farm NHS for future generations is the foundation of our group’s mission. We help the park engage visitors of all ages through educational and fun events and programming. We are proud to promote stewardship of the park by annually awarding the Weir Star Service Award to individuals who provide exceptional commitment to supporting the park’s mission. In addition, we provide student scholarships to promising graduating high school seniors who have shown excellence in the visual arts – a continuation of the artistic legacy of Julian Alden Weir and the three generations of Weir Farm artists.

Show Your Support and Join Us

Friends share a passion for Weir Farm NHS and are dedicated to supporting the park.

We invite you to join us!

Photo by Xiomaro