About Us

Dedicated to Supporting Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Bong Naturalist Association is an all-volunteer friends group that is dedicated to supporting and promoting the conservation, educational, interpretative, and recreational goals of Richard Bong State Recreation Area. We partner with the park to enhance and protect the natural resources and to educate visitors about the need for conservation and preservation. Bong Naturalist Association was founded as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation in 1994. All of our activities and money raised are used to benefit Richard Bong State Recreation Area and its visitors.

BNA activities:

  • Added a solarium to the Visitor Center
  • Restored wildlife refuge and lake
  • Constructed wildlife viewing platform
  • Helped fund staff salary
  • Constructed Nature Explore Classroom
  • Helped build accessible cabin
  • Host special events
  • Provide camper support
  • Sell firewood, ice, and merchandise
  • Write Grants
  • Represent the Park at community events
  • Present nature programs and hikes

Join us in making a difference

BNA Membership form