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Toft Friends.
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Friends Groups

What is a Friends of Group?

Friends are people like you, citizens of all ages, who volunteer their time, services and support to enhance our natural areas. A Friends Group is usually made up from residents who have got together because they have an interest in conserving local natural areas. Friends groups usually support conservation efforts in partnership with the state, federal and non-profit groups in order to protect our natural areas. Groups benefit our natural areas in various ways. Friends connect people to our natural areas. They volunteer as docents to inform the public about trails, help to eradicate invasive species, collect phenological data about the natural area, assist scientists conducting research in the natural areas, and sometimes conduct fundraising efforts.

How Do I Join?

We currently have only one Friends group, the Friends of Toft Point, associated with the natural areas that we manage. We are always open to groups that would like to help us manage our other four natural areas. To find out more about the activities of our existing Friends or to start a new friends group contact our Natural Areas Coordinator Bobbie Webster at

Friends of Toft Point

MISSION STATEMENT : to support the management plan of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, to help preserve the flora and fauna of this property and to help educate visitors about the natural history and the Toft family history of this State Natural Area and National Natural Landmark. This active friends group is involved in a number of conservation and outreach activities at Toft Point Natural Area.

Friends of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum

We are establishing a friends group to help support the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. This natural area is the most heavily visited of our natural areas and management of the area particularly for invasive species is difficult. We are hoping to find individuals who would like to help us preserve this unique urban preserve. To join contact our Natural Areas Coordinator Bobbie Webster at