Friends Groups

March 2, 2017

DNR highlights new parks and trails offerings for 2017

New offerings come after record number of visitors utilize state’s parks and trails system in 2016; DNR seeks moderate fee increases to support increased demand for parks and trails maintenance and services. A variety of new experiences await visitors to Minnesota state parks and trails in 2017. For example, you can:
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February 24, 2017

Volunteer naturalists with a passion for Whitewater

Since re-forming the Friends of Whitewater State Park a few years ago, this group of volunteers have found many ways to put their knowledge and appreciation for the park’s natural resources to use.
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February 9, 2017

Friends of Whitewater State Park

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Whitewater State Park.As a fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and administering ...
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January 26, 2017

Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails.As a fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and ...
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Swallowtail butterfly on a flower
January 25, 2017

Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association.As a fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and administering funds ...
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Bicyclists riding at underpass
December 9, 2016

Friends of Maplewood State Park

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Maplewood State Park.As a fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and administering ...
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Crafting station in the park
November 26, 2016

Building the Sugar Shack

For years the Friends of Maplewood have been fundraising and coordinating logistics to build a sugar shack for the growing maple syrup interpretive program.
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Workers putting up the siding on the sugar shack
October 11, 2016

Mill Towns State Trail Segment Opens

Like a puzzle, the newest segment of the Mill Towns State Trail involved many pieces fitting together—just so—to complete the picture. Talks began in 2010 between the DNR, three private landowners, two counties, managers of a dam and a highway. This year, with the commitment of trail proponents, the pieces came together to make a great addition to the state trail system.
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boy biycling along trail
October 1, 2016

Getting more people into the woods

In the three years that Nerstrand Big Woods State Park has made friends with a group of committed volunteers, the park has seen skyrocketing visitor numbers. It could be coincidence, good weather, or part of the system-wide trend, but the park manager says the friends …

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closeup of understory flower
September 13, 2016

Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.As a fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding ...
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Group walking through prairie and looking at plants
September 1, 2016

Sibley State Park Improvement Association

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group and act as fiscal sponsor for their land acquisition fund.We partner to advance their cause by receiving, holding and administering land acquisition funds on behalf of the friends group. P&TC cannot accept ...
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Group of volunteers from Sibley State Park Imrprovement Association sitting around
August 18, 2016

Glendalough Park Partners

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Glendalough Park Partners Mission To assist the MnDNR in preserving and utilizing Glendalough State Park. Key Activities Raise community funds ...
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Steve Nelson and Lisa Malmstrom stand by poster for Glendalough Park Partners
August 18, 2016

Prairie Visions/Friends of Shooting Star State Trail

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Prairie Visions/Friends of the Shooting Star State Trail Mission For 25 years the main activity has been in supporting the ...
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Norwegian style shelter along the Shooting Star Trail
August 9, 2016

DNR acquires six miles for Mill Towns State Trail

MnDNR News Release - The Department of Natural Resources has acquired nearly 6 miles of railroad property for the Mill Towns State Trail between Faribault and Dundas in Rice County.
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June 22, 2016

DNR Release: DNR decides not to rebuild Blue Mounds State Park dam

The Department of Natural Resources has decided against rebuilding the dam and lake reservoir at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in southwestern Minnesota, citing concerns about water quality, endangered species and other factors.
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Dam washout