About us

The Friends of Schodack Island State Park

In 2010, with Schodack Island State Park facing closure due to state budget cuts, a group of park users came together to support the park. After our efforts to save the park were successful, we looked for other ways to help.  Our mission is to support the park by working with park staff to provide volunteers, develop programs and events, and to provide funds for park needs. We organize volunteers for activities including park clean ups, trail maintenance, ice skate rental, and flower planting.  We sponsor programs and events.  In 2012 we raised over $7,000 for an event to celebrate the park’s 10th anniversary.

 Friends of Schodack Island State Park, Inc. was organized under the New York State Not-for-profit Corporation Law in 2010.  We are governed by a board of directors elected by the membership.  The Internal Revenue Service has determined that our Friends group is a public charity and exempt from Federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  We are registered as a charity with the NYS Attorney General. (If you click on the previous sentence, you will be linked to copies of our filings with the NYS Attorney General, including our certificate of incorporation and IRS public charity and tax exemption determination letter).

Our board currently meets SIX times a year, in February, April, June, August and October and December.  Please see the meetings page for the schedule.  Meetings are always open, members and the general public are encouraged to attend.  If you have a particular interest or expertise in recreation, outdoor sports, natural history, boating, fundraising, design, construction, or other areas of relevance to the park, or if you just want to be a contributor, we welcome your help.

For more information on how you can help you can Join The Friends of Schodack Island or contact us anytime at friendsofschodackisland@gmail.com

Looking for Schodack Island trail maps, hours of park operation, or information on things like park pavilion rentals, off season boat storage, and hunting permits? Call the park office at (518) 732-0187  or  Visit the Park’s website.



Our park, and parks across the state, have lost a friend.  Friends of Schodack Island State Park board member David Shaffer died suddenly on January 24th 2018 after a brief illness.  In addition to serving on our board, David was a long time board member and past President of the statewide advocacy group Parks and Trails New York.  David came to Albany from his native Virginia to attend graduate school and stayed on to work as a reporter for the Associated Press at the Capitol.  He went on to work for the Business Council of New York State and the Rockefeller Institute.  His work with Parks and Trails New York helped revitalize and protect parks all around the state.  Dan Odell, past President of Friends of Schodack Island, said: “I was honored to have known David for many years and thrilled when he said he wanted to join our board.  David was a regular volunteer for I Love My Park Day and other hands on activities.  Our thoughts go out to his wife Mary and his family. He will be missed.”


Schodack Island State Park Manager
2002 – 2008

In 2002, with indomitable spirit and energy, Rob set this park on its journey. His vision of a park where people could connect with nature, the Hudson River, and the Native American experience will forever guide the future of Schodack Island State Park.  It is here where our friend Rob lived, worked, and established countless friendships.  He was a man full of life, a person who embodied the principles of hard work and honor.

Rob’s untimely death in 2008 prevented him from seeing his vision for this special place come to fruition.  His spirit is with us here and reminds us of where we were, where are, and where we want to go.  Your enjoyment of this park today will honor the spirit of our dear friend and colleague, Rob Taylor.


FriendsOfSchodackIsland.org is brought to you in part thanks to a generous grant from Parks & Trails New York.

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