Friends Groups

Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State Park
April 13, 2021
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Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail Seeks Board Members

From Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail Position: Board Member Posting date: April 13, 2021 Contact: lvtinfo@yahoo.com Note: This posting has been shared at the request of the friends group. These postings remain on the website indefinitely, so be sure to reach out to the ...
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shovels and trees that are ready to be planted
April 5, 2021
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P&TC issues 9 grants to friends groups for habitat restoration projects

Nine volunteer-led friends groups will implement habitat restoration projects at Minnesota parks and trails this year with funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include planting and protecting trees, removing invasive species, and collecting native plant seeds. The projects will ...
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Group of Nordic skiers going up a small hill
March 31, 2021
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Meet the North Star Ski Touring Club

With the pandemic driving people outdoors this winter, new enthusiasm built around cross country skiing. The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) is here to foster this newfound interest in the sport and get folks involved in stewardship of Nordic ski trails. While the pandemic ...
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Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass
March 24, 2021
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Volunteers support bluebirds on Gateway State Trail

Bluebirds along the Gateway State Trail enjoy a helping hand from volunteers with the Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association (GBCTA). Since 2014, the friends group has maintained 16 houses each year, installing them in spring, monitoring the nests throughout summer, and cleaning and storing the ...
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March 9, 2021
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Spring News 2021 – Friends of Scandia

From Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails In This Issue William O'Brien pollinator survey Ecological management at Wind in the Pines Park Buckthorn removal Gateway Trail Extension Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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two bicyclists on trail bridge
March 5, 2021
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Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation Mission Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation works to create and celebrate the outdoors ...
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Fall horse back riding
March 5, 2021
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Back Country Horsemen of Minnesota

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Back Country Horsemen of Minnesota Mission The Back Country Horsemen of Minnesota share a love for horses and advocate a ...
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March 5, 2021
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North Star Ski Touring Club

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. North Star Ski Touring Club Mission The North Star Ski Touring Club's mission is to enjoy and promote the development ...
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February 25, 2021
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Small Grants

Details Dig into the basics of small grants, from where to look for them, how they work, and what they can help you accomplish. Hear from Friends of the Jackson County Trails on their approach to getting grants—they share a lot of lessons learned! More ...
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Newsletter masthead reads: Tracks and trails Winter 2021 #103
February 16, 2021
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Tracks & Trails – Winter 2021

From Glendalough Park Partners In This Issue Native Night Skies Legacy Giving President's Remarks Governor's Fishing Opener Walk 2021 Save the Date Vintage Glendalough Photo by: Walt Huss/P&TC Photo Contest Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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Kids bike away from the park building
February 3, 2021
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2019-2020 Youth Engagement Grant Projects In Review

In 2019, Parks & Trails Council launched a grant program designed as a partnership with friends groups to engage youth in parks and trails. In this first year of the program we began working with eight friends groups who identified innovative ways to engage youth ...
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Friends of Wild River newsletter header with their logo
January 22, 2021
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Friends of Wild River – Winter 2021 Newsletter

From Friends of Wild River State Park In This Issue From the President 2020: A year like no other Park manager Looking for your stories Treasurer's report Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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Eight people standing outdoors with buckets around waist to collect seeds
January 21, 2021
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Meet the Friends of Chester Woods Park

This is a park that wholeheartedly welcomes volunteers. “There’s a whole culture of embracing volunteers within all Olmstead County Parks,” says Joel Dunette, one of the founding members of the friends group. In fact, the number of hours that volunteers contribute toward the park is equal to the staff hours.

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January 14, 2021
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Habitat Restoration

Details Learn from a DNR expert about how friends groups can support restoration projects in parks and trails and hear from the Sibley State Park Improvement Association about the mechanics of carrying out a project. More Webinar Recordings
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January 14, 2021
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Through the Gateway – Winter 2021

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's letter DNR update Salamander mystery Project updates Photo by:  Click image to view Go to friends' main page
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