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2014

Speaking of Oracle’s Dark Skies...
The Arizona Daily Star’s Douglas Kreutz recently covered a new initiative to have Oracle State Park designated as a Dark Sky Park. Read the article to learn more about this exciting development.

Major Exhibit of Lee Kannally Paintings (Thru April 2014)
Read the press release about this new exhibit of works by the widely admired and self-taught cowboy artist, whose foray into art helped him to contend with the effects of WWI mustard gas poisoning.

2013

Annual Meeting Update (Nov. 2013)
Find out about the exciting FOSP updates discussed at this year’s traditional Annual Meeting. Read more...

Oracle State Park Open Through Spring (Oct. 2013)
Read about successful efforts to reopen and then keep open Oracle State Park, as well as to offer Environmental Education and range of public programs. Read more...

Kannally Ranch House Shutter Repairs Approved (Oct. 2013)
At an emergency meeting in October, the Friends unanimously approved funding the repair of the Kannally Ranch House’s historic shutters. Read more...

2012

Oracle State Park Reopens for Weekends
in February, March, April!

Spring brings an amazing line up of events, including bird walks, public programs on bats, geology, reptiles and ranching and so much more. Read more...

Fall Event Is a Success!
Mesquite grinding, music, great food and beautiful weather, this year's Fall Event broughts in over 200 people, from near and as far away as Phoenix and Scottsdale. Read more...

Fall Reopening at the Park...
Read our latest Press Release to learn about exciting fall plans, then check our events page for details as they become available.

Newsletter
Oracle State Park reopens on September 1st. Download the latest FOSP Newsletter.

Numbers Tell of Successful Reopening of Oracle State Park
Read about the amazing success of our first spring reopened, as well as future steps for keeping Oracle State Park alive...

Spring Corvette Rally
In April, several dozen Corvette Sports Car owners put the park on their touring itinerary, visiting for a morning visit to the Kannally Ranch House. A fantastic sight as the sleek vehicles filled the parking lot and drive. Click photos below to enlarge.

“Lucy’s Afternoon” Wine Tasting & Auction
The Friends raised over $2,100 at the recently held Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, which featured wines provided by BevMo. This delightful late afternoon event, held on the terrace of the Kannally Ranch House, was filled to capacity, with over 75 attendees.

Proceeds will benefit the Park’s education activities and operations. The Friends are grateful that we have such a dedicated membership and community. Click here for photos.

Oracle State Park Reopening
Close to 1,000 visitors celebrated the reopening of Oracle State Park on Saturday, Feb. 4th, enjoying a wide range of activities—from bird-watching to interactive trail odyssies to making sun dials and more. Mary Bast’s Kannally Ranch house tours were full to capacity, all of the treats donated by FOSP members were gobbled up ... and we managed to recruit new members and raised over $700 to boot. Plus President Mary Ann Pogany and Park visitors were interviewed by KOLD (see link below).

Many thanks are owed to everyone who participated, including Park Ranger Jennifer Rinio, Cindy Krupicka who designed a beautiful table spread, Neil Krupicka who helped with clean up, Karl Pogany for his photographic talents (see below), Mary Ann Pogany for her tireless efforts and all the Park and FOSP volunteers. Of the hundreds of goodies baked by Pat Berky, Nancy Lasse and Charlotte Poole (aka the Cookie Monster), not a crumb remained.

Click here to see Grand Reopening photos.
To learn more about how the gates were reopened:
Read the latest KOLD press story
Download our press release
Read a letter from former FOSP President
Watch PBS interview, “Volunteers Rescue State Park”...

Golf Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations!
We had 127 golfers and even had to turn some away. Neil and Cindy Kurpicka managed the event and pulled it off spectacularly. Everyone had a great time. The box lunches were delicious. Many awards were given out, accompanied by a lot of laughter. A power point presentation and 200 pictures of the event were displayed on a large screen during the ceremonies. This event was so successful that we hope to make it an annual fund raiser. Friends wants to thank everyone that helped make this a success, especially all the fantastic golfers!
Check out some great shots!

2011

FOSP December Meeting & Members Annual Christmas Party
At this year’s traditional December meeting and Christmas soirée, Members had plenty to celelbrate! In addition to welcoming a new roster of officers and paying tribute to the old, new exciting plans were outlined and recent accomplishments reviewed.
Download the Minutes to learn more (pdf)
See Christmas party photos

RICO Education Award for At Risk Kids
The award of a Pinal County RICO Grant will underwrite education programs for children at risk, many of whom have never been to a park or had a wilderness experience.
Click here to read Copper News Article...

Kannally Ranch House Restorations
During the hiatus of the Park’s closure, the Friends have have embarked on an extensive restoration program. Recent major accomplishments include:

  • Contracting a Pinal County penal sytem work crew to repaint the Kannally Ranch House exterior, in accordance with historic preservation standards
  • Helping to host a cadre of young Americorps volunteers, who pruned, regraded and made other general improvements to the Park’s walking trails
  • Designing a display of Kannally Ranch iron brands for the museum
  • Enlisting FOSP volunteers George and Lynne Bradley and Chcuk LeFevre in improving the Kannally Ranch House gardens.

Click here to learn more about FOSP improvement projects...









Photo credits (clockwise)
1. John Hernandez/CopperArea.com
2. Arizona Foothills Magazine
3-4. Karl Pogany
5. Oracle State Park