June 10, 2019

June Summer Activities at Maplewood State Park

From Friends of Maplewood State Park


Michelle Yarmakov / P&TC photo contest

Meditation at Maplewood

Monday, June 17; 6:30pm-7:15pm

“When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor” reports National Geographic.  We live busy, active lives.  So busy, many of us have forgotten what it feels like to have a quiet mind!  Research is showing learning to quiet the incessant voice in our head lowers stress and helps support a healing environment for our body and mind.  Beginning in June we will gather to honor our oneness with each other and nature.  Join us and let the stillness of the outdoors stabilize you so you don’t feel quite so wobbly too!

Meditation will be facilitated by Sue Nyhus. Sue is licensed and teaches classes on meditation. She and her husband, Butch, live on Star Lake in Ottertail County.  For more information contact her at suejnyhus@gmail.com or 218-731-1827.  No charge for this activity, but you will need a Maplewood Park pass.  Bring a lawn chair and meet at the John Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter.

Other dates:

  • Tuesday, July 16; 6:30pm-7:15pm
  • Thursday, August 15; 6:30pm-7:15pm


Water Color Painting

Saturday, June 22; 10am-12pm

Come explore the beauty of Maplewood and the joy of painting. In this class we will study the beautiful surroundings that adorn Maplewood. Mixed media painting techniques will be used to capture the amazing views on watercolor paper.

All ages welcome. No talent needed. Join us for a fun, relaxing time enjoying nature. Heidi Smith, Barnesville Art Teacher, will be the instructor. Meet at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter. No charge for this activity, but you will need a Maplewood Park pass.


Music at Maplewood – Rhoda Anderson Habedank

Saturday, June 22; 7pm-8:30pm

Rhoda Anderson Habedank is a skilled singer/songwriter that performs a blend of folk and original music. From Spooner, Wisconsin to Los Angeles and back to the upper Midwest, Rhoda has performed in a myriad of venues for a multitude of strange & wonderful audiences. She finds the sweet note in her performing of originals and classics. Rhoda’s quick wit can read an audience well and find what appeals. If not on the farm in NW Minnesota or her “don’t quit your day job” as a Licensed Professional School Counselor, she lives by the motto “Have guitar. Will travel.”

Concerts are free, but you need a MN State Park sticker to get into the state park.  Come for an enjoyable evening of music at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter.  Bring a lawn chair.  Come early and bring a picnic lunch.


Photo courtesy of Paul Sundberg

Photography Class

Sunday, June 23; 1pm-3pm

Do you want to improve your photography skills? Or start to learn about photography? What camera should I use?

The best camera to have?    The one in your hands – whether it’s a cellphone, compact digital camera or DSLR camera.  We’ll help you with whatever camera you use to take pictures.

Come and have some fun on a Sunday afternoon in Maplewood State Park and learn more about photography. Members of the Detroit Lakes Photography Group will be on hand to share tips on improving your photos. There will be a short session on basic photography instructions, followed by training in the park with the photo group members. Session are open to both kids and adults.  Individuals and families are welcomed.

There is no charge for this class, but you need a MN State Park sticker to get into the state park. Class will meet at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter.  Come early and bring a picnic lunch. Reach out to Barb Haberman with questions: 218-329-9729.


What’s Next?

In July we have a class on Edible Plants on July 20. We also have Music at Maplewood with Dennis Craswell – Old Time Rock & Roll. Our August Music at Maplewood is on August 10 with Lee Brenna and Casey Perrin. We are also working on a Birding class, Fly Fishing, and yoga. We’ll let you know when time and date is finalized.


Content contributed by: Friends of Maplewood State Park

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