Friends of Eagle River Nature Center, Inc. (Friends) was formed in 1995 by Carole Lloyd, Dick Lloyd and Asta Spurgis with the intent
of operating the Eagle River Visitor Center for Chugach State Park. The Park's dwindling budget could no longer support the Center's year-round
operation. From 1993-1995 the facility was closed most of the year and summer operation was limited. Park administrators awarded
the non-profit a permit in 1996 and in 2005 extended the contract for another 25 years. The organization has revitalized natural
history education in Chugach State Park; it has built new trails and public use facilities; and it has become a destination for visitors
from around the world. To read more about the history of the Nature Center, check out author, Chris Lundgren's news article.
The organization aims to provide connections to nature through education, resource protection and outdoor opportunities.
Friends' mission is to further the educational and interpretive opportunities available to park visitors;promote the preservation,
protection and enhancement of the historical, natural and recreational resources within the Chugach State Park; provide for the daily operation
of the Nature Center; and assist in implementing park improvements, enhance safety awareness and promote educational programs compatible
with the mission of the Eagle River Nature Center.
Board of Directors 2019: Eric Fjelstad, Allyson Parker Lauck, Clark Saunders, Susan Walker (Secretary), Dana Glessner
(moved in 2019), Carl Lundgren (Board Chairman), Sue Spyker, Jason Longlet, Janet Toenes (Secretary), Pete Panarese, Julie Saupe,
Gail Texas Raymond, Stacy Flagg, and Anita Nelson. (Missing: Heather Bottrell and Sonia Henrick)