Accomplishments

2016

  • Assisted with ice storm clean up on trails.
  • Partnered with Park to host Raven Rock’s Viewing of “100 years in NC State Parks” and supplied s’mores, popcorn and hot cocoa.
  • Provided tools and water for volunteers for trail work.
  • Planned and ran 2nd Trail Trek event in conjunction with Park Centennial Celebration and Earth Day Celebration.
  • Funded musical guests and artist as part of Centennial Celebration and Earth Day Celebration.
  • Provided frog costumes for Earth Day Celebration.
  • Held Donut Days – gave away donuts and coffee and had fun with hikers and riders.
  • Provided educational materials and volunteer assistance for the park’s Nature’s Seedlings programs and other educational events.
  • Provided sugar for Hummingbirds.
  • Purchased cam hangers for displays on rock wall in Visitor Center.
  • Purchased donation plaques for Visitor Center displays.
  • Funded cabinets for artifact display in the Visitor Center.
  • Supported Raven Rock Rumble.
  • Supported Raven Lunatic Run.
  • Purchased inked stamps for State Park Passport books.
  • Provided trail markers for Park.
  • Provided food and beverages for Volunteer Celebration event.
  • Added 11 non-degradable benches to the park.
  • Provided costumes for “Owls” event/play.
  • Designed new Park t-shirts and ball caps for sale at the Visitor Center.
  • Designed the Park’s Centennial Celebration poster.
  • Promoted Park events on Facebook, MeetUp and this site’s calendar.
  • Held second annual Photo Contest.

2015

  • Provided tools for bike trail work.
  • Planned and ran the Trail Trek event in April – approximately 30+ people participated.
  • Held multiple Donut Days in the Avent Creek Access area of the park. Gave away donuts and coffee and had fun with riders.
  • Installed a six-foot fire ring behind the park’s visitor center and held a members-only first burn event.
  • Installed two FRARO donation envelope boxes in the park.
  • Assisted with bike trail building.
  • Purchased and installed seven new no-rot benches donated by sponsors in both sides of the park.
  • Participated in ConnectNC‘s signature drive in Raleigh.
  • Provided educational materials and volunteer assistance for the park’s Pollinator Party in June.
  • Provided sugar for Hummingbirds.
  • Volunteered for Earth Day Celebration.
  • Provided educational materials for events at the park.

2014

  • Set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
  • Established procedures for donation box and placed it in the lobby of the Visitor Center.
  • Developed a Conflict of Interest document signed by each of the board members.
  • Supplied materials for Hummingbird Program held at the park.
  • Sent three members to the 2014 NC Trails Workshop in Raleigh.
  • Set up a PayPal account in order to take donations and membership payments online.
  • Helped recruit volunteers and had several members help with switching out old picnic benches with new picnic benches.
  • Provided a cake and drinks for the Kids TRAC Trail opening.
  • Worked with Park to establish a new mountain bike trail system.  This effort has resulted in the Park attaining nearly $200,000 in Recreational Trials Program grants.
  • Budgeted to supply the park with a season’s worth of sugar for Hummingbird food each year.
  • Created a regular event called “Donut Day”. Gave out donuts, water and coffee on the Avent Creek Access area of the park.
  • Developed a design and had t-shirts made to be sold at the Visitor Center.
  • Developed a design and had ball-caps stitched to be sold at the Visitor Center.
  • Provided lunch, water and work gloves, and promoted the Trails Stewardship Workshop that then worked on the Avent Creek Access are of the park in August.
  • Created volunteer-lead “Discovery Hikes”.
  • Provided materials for a Learn About Leaves program at the park.
  • Set up a Meetup group to promote events at the park.

2013

  • Sent two members to the Friends of State Parks Conference.
  • FRARO members donated two telescopes to improve the park’s astronomy programs.
  • FRARO Board Member donated fishing poles and other education supplies to the park.
  • FRARO held a fundraiser at Smithfield’s BBQ.

2012

  • A donation box was built (handmade) and donated to the friends group before its formation in March 2012.
  • Sponsored a very fun Special Fall Festival Event in 2012.
  • Established a website and designed a logo.
  • Joined the Chamber.
  • Had a banner made to be used at events and membership drives.
  • Set up and started sending a regular newsletter to members.
  • Set up a booth at the 2012 Lillington Fall Festival.
  • Sent two members to the Friends of State Parks Conference.
  • A couple of FRARO members donated telescopes to improve the park’s astronomy programs.
  • FRARO held a fundraiser at Smithfield’s BBQ.