Friends of Garner is a not-for-profit organization that works exclusively in support of the preservation and enhancement of Garner State Park. Incorporated in March of 2001, FOG is supported primarily by membership dues and donations. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
We help sustain & improve Garner Park for all generations.
Serve as an information resource for Garner State Park visitors.
Raise and provide funds for preserving and enhancing Garner.
Capture and preserve the history and achievements of the Civilian Conservation Corp at Garner, the rich dance and music culture of the park, and the family traditions of visitors to Garner.
Provide a voice for users of Garner on park matters of shared concerns.
Educate visitors, legislators and the general public about Garner.
A group of local volunteers wanted to and did make improvements here and there about Garner. In 2000 after doing years of trail revival, trash cleanup, fund raising, and other things, the state asked the group to become a friends group. In March of 2001 the organization was incorporated and in May of 2001 received its IRS 501 (c) 3 status.
Revive our hiking trails every Martin Luther King holiday weekend (except it's the weekend following in 2023). Fun for the whole family and help the park by removing trash and trimming branches. Participants park and camp for free.
Clean up the beautiful Frio River on the Saturday following Labor Day weekend on our annual Trash Bash Day. Participants park and camp for free.
Ride the hay, hear delightful stories and have refreshments on our hayride during spring break and through the summer.
Start your holiday memories at the Visitor Center open house each November. We have cookies and crafts for the kids.
Your donations and $25 annual membership is used to improve and equip Garner State Park.
Please let us know what Friends of Garner can do for your Garner State Park. Drop us a comment in the Contact Us section of the home page or call us at 830-232-5999 during Visitor Center Hours. We would love to hear and act on your suggestions and comments.
Friends of Garner performs trash pick-up on a two-mile stretch of US83 on the west boundary of the park. We try to do it four times a year. Contact the Visitor Center at 830-232-5999 for more information.
Our board meets once a month to do business, usually on the second Wednesday of the month at 5pm. Exceptions are made for Trail Work Weekend and facility scheduling conflicts.
Meetings are open to everyone, and you are also welcomed to visit online when available. Please contact members of the board to receive an invitation for online attendance. Onsite visitors should meet with one of the board members before speaking at a board meeting.
Meetings take place at the Shady Meadows Group Day Shelter. Meetings may be cancelled or relocated due to unforeseen circumstances, Covid-19, lack of Internet service, or lack of a quorum. Call the Visitor Center, FOG Secretary, or look for notices on at the Visitor Center.
The above people or their stand-ins can be reached by calling the Visitor Center at 830-232-5999 or via the Contact Us form on the home page. Please note who you are trying to reach in your email, and we will forward it.
TPWD park employees can be reached at 830-232-6132.
We want to thank our 2022 sponsors and welcome our 2023 sponsors.
Contact us if you want your business to appear on the Garner map in 2023 as we still have a few spots open. Time is running out. Printing is taking place in early December to provide visitors a map of Garner State Park showing where the campsites and other facilities are at the park. Call us at 830-232-5999.
We place ads on the back of Garner Park's campsite map.
Buffalo Soldiers - Dec 10
New Year Eve Party - Dec 31
Frio Freeze - Jan 1
Park closed for annual hunt - Jan 2 to 17
Trail Cleanup Weekend - Jan 20-22
Highway Cleanup - Jan 21