Friends Groups

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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P&TC staff member presents award to president of Friends of Lake Maria in socially distant manner
January 13, 2021
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Lake Maria Messenger – January 2021

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Park update 2020 Friends Group Partner Award Winter scavenger hunt Make a bird feeder Remembering Nancy Cassano 2020 accomplishments Photo by: Wendy Suddard Bangsund Click image to view Go to friends' main page
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Nets and test kits
December 30, 2020
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Creating water quality activity kit

Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park created a water quality educational kit that will be used at the park for youth programs and activities.

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lichen covered rocky lakeshore with evergreens in distance
December 28, 2020
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State Farm “Quotes for Good” Sponsors Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail

From Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail is excited to be selected as State Farm Agent Tim Johnson’s Quotes for Good program sponsored organization during January and February 2021.  For every quote provided on a potential auto, fire, life, ...
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Newsletter header includes Back Country Horsemen logo and horse silhouettes
December 5, 2020
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BCH-MN Annual Newsletter – December 2020

From Back Country Horsemen of Minnesota In This Issue Presidents report Calendar of events Volunteer hours reports Chapter reports Project updates Click image to download Go to friends' main page
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An older couple ambles down the paved bike trail
December 4, 2020
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November 2020 Newsletter – Jackson County Trails

From Friends of the Jackson County Trails In This Issue Jackson Active Living Plan Update JCC Schools Safe Routes to School COVID-19 Active Living and Trail Response Photo courtesy of Friends of the Jackson County Trails Click image to download. Go to friends' main page
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snowy creek with animal tracks on bank
November 19, 2020
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Friends of Oxbow – Fall 2020 Newsletter

From Friends of Oxbow In This Issue President's Note Zoodazzle Cancelled Raffle Tickets & Calendars Membership Renewal Scavenger Hunt Winners Exhibit Updates Ski & Snowshoe Rentals Photo by: Ashley Pethan/P&TC Click image to view Go to friends' main page
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October 29, 2020
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Fundraise & Recruit Members, A Case Study

Details Hear from Glendalough Park Partners about a project they implemented—an expanded mailing to celebrate the 100th issue of their newsletter and to invite folks to become a member of their friends group. More Webinar Recordings
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Two women with three children all on bicycles
October 14, 2020
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Trail building update: Swedish Immigrant Trail connects into Interstate State Park

On a perfect fall day on October 10, a small group of people gathered for a ribbon-cutting for the newest half-mile segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail. This extension is small in length, but big in impact as it connects into Interstate State Park with giant maple trees and dramatic ravines.
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