Friends Groups

October 12, 2021
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Lake Maria Messenger – Fall 2021

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Stargazing Park news Campsite cooking Nature Day reflection Click image to view newsletter Go to friends' main page
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volunteer flagging for environmental assessment
September 30, 2021
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Friends raise funds for trail environmental assessment and more

Amidst the pandemic, Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail has been quite busy. First, they formalized from a work group to a nonprofit organization in August of 2020. Then, they immediately hit the ground running to raise money—one of the main reasons for formalizing the ...
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a group poses with their newly picked prairie seeds
September 10, 2021
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Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods seeks new Board Member

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Position: Board Member Posting date: September 10, 2021 Contact: detertnorth@gmail.com Overview Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park’s mission is preserving and enhancing the experience of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. The friends group has a volunteer ...
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group gathered under banner and cutting a ribbon
August 31, 2021
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Meet Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation

Since the '90s, Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation has played a critical role in developing trails in the county. Their efforts to spread awareness, promote the benefits of trails, and raise money have contributed to the development of the Sunrise Prairie Trail and Swedish ...
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August 31, 2021
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Volunteers organize Leaf Days at Maplewood State Park

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Maplewood State Park for the annual Leaf Days celebration. Over the course of two weekends, kids and families can immerse themselves in activities—from hikes and wagon rides to look at the changing leaves to making apple cider and ...
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August 12, 2021
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Photo Contests

Details Photo contests are a great way for friends groups to engage their members and offer an opportunity for photographers to showcase their skills. Watch this webinar to hear about some photo contest best practices and learn from some friends groups who conduct photo contests ...
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Eight people gathered in outdoors
July 30, 2021
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Glendalough Park Partners are the volunteer stewards of the park

A few short years after Glendalough State Park was established in 1991, volunteers banded together to form the Glendalough Park Partners. Their dedication and generosity are reflected in the quality experience this park offers. Everything from the modern restrooms to the trail signs, from prairie ...
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July 21, 2021
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Lake Maria Messenger – Summer 2021

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Scavenger Hunt Park News Biting Flies Backpacking Jack-in-the-pulpit Click image to read Go to friends' main page
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July 14, 2021
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Land Acquisition

Details Land acquisition is one way that Parks & Trails Council helps to preserve and protect public lands in Minnesota. And, friends groups can help! Join this webinar to better understand how P&TC approaches land acquisition and learn how your friends group can support these ...
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Brass band playing in parking lot
July 9, 2021
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Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association

Trail advocates who go the extra mileParks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to announce our 2021 Friends Group Partner Award goes to the GBCTA. This is the second year P&TC has recognized a friends group with this award, and the accompanying $500 grant, which the friends group can use to continue its great work on behalf of the trail.T
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July 6, 2021
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Meet the Central Lakes Trail Association

Central Lakes Trail Association is the state trail's very own "cheerleading team." The Association is a group of community representatives from towns along the Central Lakes State Trail, and they promote the trail to bikers, locally as well as from across the region and country. ...
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hikers stand and rest while physical distancing
July 1, 2021
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DNR update: COVID restrictions loosened, goal and project planning

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR Summer is now in full swing, and so are our campgrounds, trails, water access sites, and state forest recreation areas. And thankfully they will continue that way as the state avoided a government shutdown when the state legislature came ...
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kids flower books on a black background
June 25, 2021
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Youth nature discovery kits now available at library near Tettegouche

Kids and families can now check out nature discovery kits from the Silver Bay Public Library, thanks to Friends of Tettegouche State Park. The discovery kits provide an introduction to the natural world, sparking curiosity while exploring different nature topics: Animal Tracks & Signs Birds ...
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June 18, 2021
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Through the Gateway – Summer 2021

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's Letter DNR Update Events: Earth Day & National Trails Day River Market Coop Sponsor Drinking Fountain Project Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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June 9, 2021
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Volunteering with the DNR – Summer Update

Details With COVID guidelines ever-changing, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what friends group volunteers can do to support state parks and trails. Watch this webinar to hear an update from DNR staff about what’s going on at parks and trails and what this summer ...
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