About the Friends

Kohler-Andrae State Park

About the Friends of Kohler-Andrae

The Friends of Kohler-Andrae is a non-profit support organization dedicated to assisting the Department of Natural Resources at the parks. Members are dedicated to furthering the historical, educational, recreational, interpretive, and visitor service programs within the parks.

Kohler-Andrae has a very long history of citizen support. In 1928, the property was donated to create Terry Andrae State Park. A second donation, in 1966, established John Michael Kohler State Park. The two parks now total almost 1,000 acres. The Department of Natural Resources manages them as one unit, even though they are 2 separate State Parks.

The Friends of Kohler-Andrae was established in 1987. It continues the historical and vital link joining private and state efforts toward a common goal of improving and sustaining the park.

Please join us by becoming a “Friend” of the park yourself. Just complete the attached membership application.

Board Meetings and Members

Board Meetings are on the 4th Monday of each month (except December), at the Park Office, from 4 PM to 6 PM. Members of the Friends Group and the general public are invited to attend. Provisions will be made for any member of the public to voice opinions or provide suggestions that can help to improve the park. Meeting times and locations may vary, so call ahead for information if you plan to attend a meeting.  (920) 451-4080

Jim Mohr-President, Bryan Casper-Vice President, Joe Brunnbauer-Treasurer,  Randy Meyer–Vice Treasurer,  Karen Doering–Secretary
Keith Herbst,  Mary Kultgen,  Sue Meyer,  AL Lawrence,  Richard Schulz,  Mary Lutzke,  JoAnn Brunnbauer
Sara Crook-Superintendent,  Ed Muzik-Park Manager 

Major Accomplishments

  • Constructed a cabin for people with disabilities in the campground
  • Funded several trail improvements and new interpretive signs
  • Constructed a glass-enclosed solarium addition to the nature center
  • Built a shelter in the picnic area
  • Provided funding for planting a wildlife garden & pond at the park office
  • Constructed multiple trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding
  • Paved a two-way bicycle path along the park’s main roadway
  • Funded several interpretive displays & A-V equipment at the nature center
  • Added a fishing pond.

Ongoing Projects

  • Help staff maintain exhibits at the park nature center
  • Assist in trail maintenance and park enhancement projects
  • Help fund publishing costs for the park newspaper and other publications
  • Co-sponsor and help staff special events such as candlelight hikes & skis, bluebird house building, and kite workshops
  • Conduct & support educational nature programs for visitors & school groups
  • Raise revenue for various projects

Named for John Michael Kohler and Terry Andrae state parks, Kohler-Andrae is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife and recreational activities. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.

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