kids looking over bog through binoculars
June 24, 2019

Youth Engagement Grant Awards – Round 1

Five volunteer-led friends groups will implement youth engagement projects at state parks and trails this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include organizing field trips, hosting recreation opportunities, and developing hands-on activities.

P&TC initiated this statewide grant program in 2019, which seeks to engage kids in positive outdoor experiences at state parks and trails. These projects complement long-term, youth engagements goals of parks and trails.

Friends groups are uniquely positioned to carry out these efforts thanks to their commitment to the stewardship of parks and trails. They support in various ways, from raising money and promotion, to advocacy and programming.

Grant Recipients

Friends of Blue Mounds State Park


Organizing a rock climbing day with hands-on activities for kids.

Friends of Lake Maria State Park


Organizing an outdoor-based field trip for a whole 3rd grade class.

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association --


Gitchi Gami State Trail pinpointed on Minnesota

Engaging local students with the trail through biking and learning.

Friends of Tettegouche State Park


Map showing location of Tettegouche state park

Developing nature cart and youth program activities.

Friends of Wild River State Park


Map of Mn with Wild River State Park pinpointed

Organizing an outdoor-based field trip for area students.

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