Who  We Are

Photo courtesy of (c) Greg Burns

The Niagara Escarpment has provided a unique environment for the flora, fauna, and visitors to High Cliff State Park in Wisconsin.

Established in 1997, the Friends of High Cliff State Park Inc. was organized for the charitable and educational purpose of supporting, assisting, and promoting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with interpretive, scientific, historical, educational, and related visitor services. In order to accomplish these goals the Friends of High Cliff State Park have the following objectives: 

The Friends of High Cliff State Park is a non-profit corporation formed under chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  It has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.


The Friends of High Cliff are led by a Board of Directors who are all volunteers.  Meet the board members and see what they say is their favorite part of High Cliff:

Deb Lee


Janet Deprez 


"I  enjoy seeing the smiling faces of visitors as they enjoy the park." 

Larry Buck


"I like the view of Lake Winnebago and fall drive into the campgrounds."

Linda Buck


"I love the natural beauty of High Cliff, the panoramic views from the tower, and the many hiking trails. It’s the perfect place to relax."

Jon  McElhaney

Vice President

Char Barribeau

Past President

"High Cliff State Park offers the ultimate beauty of Nature from the Niagara Escarpment, the sunsets over Lake Winnebago to the serenity of walking the Butterfly Pond Trail. " 

Greg Burns


"The Niagara Escarpment is a spectacular and incredibly unique feature of High Cliff State Park. Hiking and experiencing the wonder of the Escarpment and its plant and animal communities in every season is my favorite activity."

Frank Kirschling

Board Member

“With it’s variety of habitats, High Cliff State Park is a great place to hike and observe nature throughout the year.” 

Lorrie Formella

Board Member

David Miller

Board Member

Mary Miller

Board Member

Donna Franczek

Board Member

"High Cliff State Park is a rare gem in our area.  With the stunning Niagra Escarpment and the gorgeous sunset views over Lake Winnebago, it has so much to offer the outdoor enthusiast.  Mostly I enjoy the dog friendly trails." 

Beth Braun

Board Member

"I have been walking my dog at High Cliff State Park nearly daily for the past 5 years.  She enjoys the different smells, exercise and meeting people.  I enjoy the sights, the sounds and the serenity.  I especially enjoy foraging mushrooms, hickory nuts and acorns, spotting deer and other critters and taking pictures of all of the beauty that High Cliff provides."