Friends of Lory:

Supporting the Natural Legacy of Lory State Park


The Friends of Lory State Park began in the fall of 2012 with a “steering committee.” In April 2013, the committee voted to incorporate as a non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting the Park. The Friends of Lory applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit status in March 2014 and received that status September 18, 2014. The FoLSP Board of Directors is a working board that guides the projects and the work we do, all with the goal of supporting Lory State Park. We welcome donations and new memberships to help grow our ability to support the Park.For donation purposes, our EIN is 46-2565796.


The Friends of Lory and Lory State Park have several major projects underway. For many of these projects, we rely on grant funding and donations to provide the capital. Majority of the actual work is done by dedicated volunteers. We are grateful for these volunteers and the funding opportunities we’ve been fortunate to receive. The park and FoLSP are always need volunteers, and if interested, email us at or sign up directly with the park through CPW Connect

Get the Kids Outside Environmental Education Scholarship

Launched in 2015, this scholarship program provides transportation funds for school groups to visit Lory State Park and enjoy an outdoor educational program with the Park’s Naturalist and Environmental Educator. The scholarship is overseen by the Friends’ Environmental Education Committee, which reviews applications from schools with need and assesses post-program feedback from schools accepted for participation. Since its inception, the scholarship has helped almost 500 students annually visit the Park for a hands-on educational outdoor experience; students who might not otherwise have had an opportunity.

Equestrian Course Rebuild & Maintenance

In 2013, Friends received a grant from the Foundation for Colorado State Parks ($8000) to provide for the design/rebuild of the equestrian jump course destroyed in the March 2013 Galena Fire. Work began in the summer of 2013 and, with advice and guidance from Mountain States Eventing, the design expertise of James Atkinson, additional funding from private donors and the muscle and perseverance of a cadre of Friends’ volunteers, Sept. 20, 2015 marked the completion of the work. The Friends group continues regular maintenance of the jump course, thanks to our volunteers. Although private courses exist, Lory State Park is one of the only public lands in northern Colorado with an equestrian jump course. 

Bridge Rebuilding & Fire Recovery

The 2013 Galena Fire destroyed almost all of the trail bridges at the Park. As recovery work started, donors stepped forward and generously gave thousands of dollars to aid in the purchase of materials while hundreds of volunteers, organized by Friends and Park leadership, came together to begin the hard work of collecting and removing the old material and loading, moving and laying the new. The bridge rebuilding project was completed in 2015, with thanks to all who supported the work.