Friends Mission

Lapham Peak Friends is a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and promoting the Southern
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit in a variety of ways. Some of the activities
include sponsoring or promoting special projects, organizing volunteer work days and offering
additional services to park visitors.

FLP formed in 1989 as a nonprofit organization. The first project was to raise funds and enlist
volunteers dedicated to lighting the 2.5 mile ski trail. Here are a few projects FLP has
supported:

  • Developed Disabled Accessible Trail
  • Funded Trecker Lodge – fireplace, furniture, rubber flooring, trail lights
  • Built kiosks
  • Purchased snow grooming equipment
  • Fundraising for snow making project – electrical power, underground piping, hoses with quick connects, high-efficiency snow guns, and a high pressure pump to deliver the water
  • Funding for Lupo Pond (water supply for snow making)
  • Volunteering at Hausmann Nature Center on weekends June-October
  • Purchased plants and shed for Butterfly Garden
  • Kids Korner interactive displays at Hausmann Nature Center
  • Displays in Hausmann Nature Center
  • Picnic shelter at Evergreen area and Homestead Hollow area

FLP ACTIVITIES

  • Lapham Loppet ski race – January
  • Candlelight Ski/Hike – January
  • Weekly Nordic Ski Series – January-February
  • Colorama – first Saturday in October
  • Annual Meeting – first Wednesday in November
  • Member Events:
    • Work Days in spring and fall
    • Adopt-A-Trail Clean-up on Glacial Drumlin Trail
    • Bluebird Trail Monitoring
    • Butterfly Garden Assistance
    • Prairie Restoration
    • Garlic Mustard Pulls
    • Spring Bird Hikes
    • Snow making Committee
    • Summer Solstice (concert fundraiser)