Friends Groups

July 1, 2021

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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hikers stand and rest while physical distancing
June 25, 2021

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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kids flower books on a black background
June 18, 2021

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 3, 2021

Securing the missing link to extend the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail

For years, the northern segment of this trail came to an abrupt end at a dirt road in Hay Creek Township. Across the road lay an overgrown field marked with a private property sign.
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paved trail and horse trail
June 1, 2021

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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kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
June 1, 2021

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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May 28, 2021

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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orange and black butterfly
May 20, 2021

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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video still that shows rendering of Oxbow Park's new nature center
April 30, 2021

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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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
April 26, 2021

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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Great Blue Heron
April 15, 2021

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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Group walking on rocky area
April 15, 2021

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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April 15, 2021

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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Lashbrook park sign with snow on the ground
April 13, 2021

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: 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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Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State Park
April 5, 2021

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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shovels and trees that are ready to be planted