Everyone needs time to help their kids with their homework, and time to cheer them on at their school events, and time to help their parents, and pick up groceries, tackle home repairs, and on and on... So we know it’s not easy to find time for more projects. We know, because we have the same busy schedules!  
So why do we bother making time for an endeavor such as this?
As Friends, each of us has varied interests in the project—one might   be fascinated in the history, while another enjoys swinging a hammer, and so on... But the one thing we all have in common, is knowing that our success will lead to one of the best things we could ever give to our kids. We share in a desire to offer a truly rewarding experience, where quality time and memories will be unlimited—not just for Friends, but for anyone of any age!
We’re not a private operation looking for a handout, but instead a growing community of people just like you, working together to bring out the best in one of our state parks. It’s that simple. So there are no outsiders here. No “us and you”. Just Michigan residents who care about Michigan, and don't want to miss out on this once-in- a-lifetime opportunity!
For those reasons, we would like YOU to make time to become a Friend, too! It’s easy to do. And there are many opportunities  available to match any schedule.


Make new friends—literally! Caring friends. Just plain down-to-earth good people. And, workdays are a great way to “network”, because you can show your skills and work ethics in the course of making new friends! At the same time, you can also gain a few skills. If workdays sound appealing, we have scheduled workdays the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month from 9:00 am to approximately 4:00 pm. You can join in any workday for any length of time!

What you’ll need for grounds-related work: Gloves, Dust mask (optional), Eye protection (optional), Rake, Lopper (optional), Protection from insects and poison ivy.

What you’ll need for construction-related work: Hard Hat - we can supply some, Eye protection, Gloves (optional), Work boots, Dust mask, Hammer

Bottled water is usually provided, and you may also bring any non-alcohol beverage you prefer.

You will be required to record  your work hours with FOHRA and complete an annual state park waiver (provided) allowing you to conduct work  within the park. All workday participants are insured by FOHRA.

Please feel free to email us while you’re here, for more workday details and opportunities. fohravolunteer@gmail.com 


We need grant writers, all skilled trades such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters. We need your muscles too... for general labor and landscaping.


The Friends of Highland Recreation Area Monthly Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Our meetings are held at the White Lake Community Hall located on M-59 in White Lake, Michigan. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Our Meetings are open to the public, please fee free to join us.

Ford volunteers at the Edsel Ford Barn.

Ford volunteers at the Edsel Ford Barn.