Friends Groups

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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April 15, 2021
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What can you do at Lashbrook Park?

From Friends of Lashbrook Park Take a leisurely walk or a more strenuous jog on the MOWED PATHS that crisscross throughout the park. Strategically placed BENCHES allow you to sit, rest, and enjoy the views. ​In winter you can use the paths and trails to ...
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Lashbrook park sign with snow on the ground
April 15, 2021
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Lashbrook Park and Friends History

From Friends of Lashbrook Park Friends Group History After meeting informally in the summer of 2008, in February, 2009 the Friends of Lashbrook Park elected its first officers: President Gloria Kiester, Vice-President Helen Lashbrook Olson, Secretary Ann Ness, and Treasurer Lola Fick. Lloyd Harkness was ...
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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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