Our Mission

Friends of Pyramid Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of Pyramid State Park (“Friends) is to assist the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with the development and maintenance of Pyramid State Park (“Park”). The Park is a diamond in the rough that can be cut to brilliance with additional financial and other resources.

The Friends will work with management of the Park to understand their vision and priorities for projects and provide assistance to achieve those goals. The Friends will provide planning, fundraising and execution services for these projects, as well as financing for their maintenance.

The overall goal of the Friends’ effort is to demonstrate that the mined lands that comprise Pyramid can be recycled back into the community in ways that benefit wildlife, agriculture and the economy. With the proper blend of conservation and sustainable development, the coal lands that comprise Pyramid will become that brilliant diamond.