Get Involved with Island Beach State Park

Everything You Should Know About The Friends of IBSP!

The Friends of Island Beach State Park (Friends of IBSP) is a non-profit volunteer organization formed to enhance interpretive, educational, recreational & research programs, and events at Island Beach State Park. Our mission is to further public appreciation and stewardship of the park.

Our members come from a wide range of  backgrounds and occupations but have in common a  variety of interests in this beautiful State Park. The Friends of Island Beach State Park, Inc. is a non-profit tax exempt corporation as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Code 501-C-3 and was officially incorporated in 1996.

Our primary objectives include:

  • To raise and receive funds or property to assist in the enhancement of the nature habitat, buildings, and properties of Island Beach State Park.
  • To encourage protection of the barrier island ecosystem.
  • To support activities, educational & special events, and programs that further public appreciation, participation, and stewardship of the park.
  • To encourage support for park programs through volunteer participation, fund raising, and dissemination of information.

2023 Board Members

The following individuals have graciously donated their time and skills to be a part of the Friends of Island Beach State Park Board for 2023:

  • President - Bill Gwyer
  • Vice President - Rick McDaniel
  • Corresponding Secretary - Wendy Goodman
  • Co Treasurers - Rosemary Hall
  • Membership Secretary - Laura Lange
  • Trustee - Ray Hallgreen
  • Trustee - Carol Kondrach
  • Trustee - Gerry Finnegan
  • Trustee - Kevin Tumpey
  • Trustee - Daphne LaFountain
  • Trustee - Paul Lang
  • Trustee - Karcsi Homoki
  • Trustee - Sandy Bonagura
  • Bridget Bonica
  • Katie Marra
  • James Ballot

Friends of IBSP Special Advisers:

  • Director, Barrier Island Classic - Josh Starner



  • Volunteer Coordinator - Stevie Thorsen


Our Partners

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