Friends Groups

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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kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
June 1, 2021
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Grantees begin restoring habitat with in-person events

Grantees have begun restoring habitat at parks across Minnesota. Under P&TC's habitat restoration grant program, friends groups are planting trees, removing invasive species, and helping to establish native woodland species. See the albums below for a sneak peak into some of these projects. Friends of ...
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June 1, 2021
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Tracks & Trails – Spring 2021

From Glendalough Park Partners In This Issue Project Updates A Park Called "Our Own" Governor's Fishing Opener President's Remarks Scavenger Hunt Representative Rasmussen & Glendalough Annual Walk Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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orange and black butterfly
May 28, 2021
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Amidst COVID, friends group launches new grant program and recruits board members

Grants for Interpretive Activities Schools, youth groups, and individuals can now apply for funds to carry out interpretive activities at Wild River State Park. The grants would cover a wide variety of activities—they just need to focus on learning and take place in the park. ...
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video still that shows rendering of Oxbow Park's new nature center
May 20, 2021
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Olmsted County breaks ground on new nature center at Oxbow Park

From Friends of Oxbow Plans and fundraising are underway for developing a new nature center at Oxbow Park. Read the update on Olmsted County's website: "Olmsted County breaks ground on a new nature center at Oxbow Park" Watch project videoMore about the friends
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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
April 30, 2021
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Itasca-Heartland trail design to begin in 2021

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee The Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee has been involved in securing funding for a trail connection from Itasca State Park to the Heartland State Trail. Find updates on funding, design, and construction in the article. Read the article in ...
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Great Blue Heron
April 26, 2021
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Friends of Fort Snelling

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Friends of Fort Snelling Mission Friends of Fort Snelling's mission is to preserve the natural and historical resources of this ...
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Group walking on rocky area
April 15, 2021
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NSTT 2021 Event Schedule

From NorthStar Trail Travelers Click image to view full event booklet NSTT has a great year planned for 2021. Let’s look at our upcoming events. On February 20, we went to William O’Brien State Park for a snowshoe/walk event. Park buildings were not open, so ...
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