The Newport Wilderness Society was formed in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, educational organization serving Newport State Park as its official friends' group. NWS members volunteer in many ways upon requests from Newport State Park management. They provide qualified guides for interpretive nature hikes about natural history of trees, ferns, wildflowers, birds, butterflies and about human history of this area. They pull garlic mustard and phragmites. They manage blue bird trails and monitor monarch butterfly migration. They write and publish informational pamphlets and brochures, offer presentations on the meaning of wilderness, light candles and serve refreshments for the February candlelight ski, put on Newport Wilderness Day in September, manage this web site and more. Over the past 5 years, members raised funds to pay for construction and outfitting of the Hotz Wilderness Room, a part of the new Public Entrance Visitor Station [PEVS]. Members express their appreciation for keeping Newport State Park a wilderness area developed minimally, only as is essential for visitor education and safety. New members are always welcome!

Current members of The NWS Board of Directors are:

Dick Heil [2018]

Dick Smythe [2019]

Neil Smith [2017]

Judy Brodd [2017]
Jack Travis [2017], Immediate Past President
Dave Vermillion [2017]
Amy Dwyer [2018]
Tom Turriff [2018]
Mary Hansen [2019]
Greg Wilde [2019]
Michelle Hefty, Park Manager, Ex Officio

If you would like to serve on The NWS Board of Directors, please inform the Vice President via the email link on "Contact Us" page.

Other Personnel not on the Board:

Marc Demoly is Data Base Manager and can be reached by email at 

David Studebaker is Web Site Administrator for NWS and Newport State Park. He can be reached at

Karen Studebaker is Editor of The Trillium