Friends of Hickory Hill Park

Dedicated to preserving Hickory Hill Park as a natural sanctuary for Iowa City.

About us

Who we are and what we do

Friends of Hickory Hill Park (FHHP) is an all-volunteer, [501 (c) 3 non-profit] organization. FHHP is dedicated to preserving Hickory Hill Park (Iowa City) as a natural sanctuary within an urban environment. Our mission is to permanently protect and preserve the park’s unique qualities as urban park land. Hickory Hill’s woodlands, fields, and waterways provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and provide citizens the opportunity to enjoy a natural setting within city limits.

Promoting a healthy relationship between people and the natural world is central to our work. Since its founding in 1999, FHHP has worked with school groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and local environmental and community organizations to improve access to the park and to enhance and restore its natural features. In recognition of our efforts the Johnson County Heritage Trust awarded FHHP with its prestigious Conservationist of the Year award for 2003.

We are committed to the following:

  • Preserving and, where possible, expanding the boundaries of Hickory Hill Park.
  • Preserving low impact recreation within Hickory Hill Park.
  • Enhancing water quality and protecting wildlife that live in or migrate through Hickory Hill.
  • Promoting outdoor education as it relates to Hickory Hill Park.
  • Protecting Hickory Hill as a place that invites solitude and contemplation.
  • Actively influencing planning and development decisions that may have an impact on Hickory Hill Park.


We treasure Hickory Hill Park as a natural resource and sanctuary for present and future generations.

For more information e-mail us.

Our Current Board of Directors:

Casey Kohrt (Chair)

Jason Napoli (Vice-Chair)

Laura Goddard (Treasurer)

Pete Kollasch (Secretary)

David Swanson

Eric Miller

John Kardos

John Thomas

Phil Kerr

Sara Walz

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