Friends Groups

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: 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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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
March 31, 2021

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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Group of Nordic skiers going up a small hill
March 24, 2021

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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Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass
March 9, 2021

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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March 5, 2021

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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two bicyclists on trail bridge
March 5, 2021

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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Fall horse back riding
March 5, 2021

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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February 25, 2021

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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February 16, 2021

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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Newsletter masthead reads: Tracks and trails Winter 2021 #103
February 3, 2021

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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Kids bike away from the park building