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About Us


The Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) promotes the preservation of our natural environment through conservation and education. The Park's development has been fostered by citizen and youth participation. Community service and education work hand-in-hand with youth and adults to further our quality of life. The park represents a learning experience for students and a peaceful retreat for all citizens of this Northwest Dallas County area.

Mission Statement​

The mission of the Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) is to nurture an appreciation of our natural environment, encourage outdoor experiences, and foster nature education. The FCNP pursues the mission by partnering with the local community, the city, and the school district to maintain the natural environment of the park and provide engaging programs at the Lou Duggan Biodiversity Education Center (LDBEC). Underpinning these efforts are high conservation standards and an objective of raising a strong sense of community and environmental service for future generations.

Strategic Vision

FCNP will work to elevate the value of the Nature Park and the BEC by raising awareness, enhancing usability, and expanding programs.


FCNP will continue its efforts to fulfill this vision through:

  • Ongoing preservation of the natural environs of the Nature Park and maintenance/enhancement of the trail system and nature classrooms.

  • Enhancement and expansion of hands-on learning opportunities at the BEC and in the Nature Park.


In addition, FCNP will work with the City of Coppell to enhance the visibility and functionality of the Nature Park and the BEC. The following high-impact enhancements will require funding support from the City and can reasonably be completed within this Strategic Plan time horizon.

  • Placement of monument signage at the Wagon Wheel Park entrance highlighting the presence of the Nature Park and the BEC, along with signage in the parking lot guiding people to the area where the Nature Park and the BEC are accessed.

  • Kiosk signage near the Nature Park/BEC access areas profiling the Nature Park environs and trail system, and the BEC facility.

  • Development of a ‘Nature Explore’ type outdoor environment adjacent to the BEC to engage families and children with the natural world.

  • Enhance the usefulness of the Observation Deck for large classroom nature instruction by adding parachute-type shading.

Strategic Plan

The Friends of Coppell Nature Park Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 will be published here in March, 2023



Officers & Directors

President:              Tara Ferguson  

Past President:       Linda Cook

Treasurer:              Jane Kleid

Committee Chair:   Kathy Martin

Secretary:             Tara Ferguson

Historian:              Vonita White


Tom Baumgarten       Kathy Martin

Vidita Bhotika            Mike Martin

Rochelle Cowan         Vidya Venkat

Cindy Ferguson          BRUCE WILCOX

Ed Ferguson

Pam Graham

City of Coppell Liaison - Jonathan Ward

Volunterism & Community Engagement

Programs & Education

Marketing & Communications

Maintenance & Improvement   

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