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You’re Invited! FOSI Annual General Meeting!

Sunday, May 19

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Dear Friends of Sherwood Island Supporter,


It’s that time of year again, when the Earth springs to life and we can’t wait to be on the beach!  Your continued support of Friends of Sherwood Island makes a vital difference to our Park.

We’re asking you to come to our Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 19 from 5:00-6:30 pm.  Peter Picone, a DEEP Wildlife Biologist, will be talking about what we can do to help wildlife survive changing climate.  There will be refreshments, and plenty of time to socialize with other park lovers. We’ll elect this year’s slate of Directors—-expanding our Board to 17!  You will meet our new Nature Center interns and get a park update from Jim Beschle, our retiring Park Supervisor whom we are honoring with the 2019 True Friend Award.


May is membership month.  Our second ask is that you continue your membership at the Supporter level of $50 per year, or at any level that is comfortable for your budget.  A family membership is a bargain at just $20. Your support helps us fund the Nature Center, its interns, supplies for education, for animal care and for building improvements.  For example, this year we had to replace walls and flooring around our touch tanks. The building turns 10 this year, and we’re celebrating with an afternoon party on June 15th. Stand by for more details!


The Friends’ Tree Committee focuses this year on the West Grove area, where many trees have been lost to storms or aging. A new cherry tree, dogwood, and maple or oak trees will soon grace this heavily used park section, thanks to generous donations from members and the public.


In April our Garden Team planted 800 more American Beach grass stems in our East beach dunes to continue restoring another heavily used area. We had four visits from Greens Farms Academy students to help cut down vines growing on Spruce in the grove. Your donations helped us purchase clippers and loppers to support their efforts. This summer we are excited to build on these efforts with continued help from last year’s volunteer teams, as well as seven UConn Master Gardeners.  We’ll plant more dune shrubs and roses, and continue boosting a flowering plants population to help bees, butterflies and all pollinators. has photos of their work.


Please contact us at if you have any questions. Your support makes a difference to the tens of thousands of people and creatures who visit and live in this Gateway waterfront State Park each year.


Sincerely yours,


Liz-Ann Koos, President