Regional Park Friends

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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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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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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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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nature play area feature
September 3, 2020
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Exploring the Nature Play Areas at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods After participating in P&TC's webinar about nature play areas, Ernie with the Friends of Chester Woods decided to put together a video that highlights the nature play areas at Chester Woods Park. Tune in to the video below to learn ...
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bird statues in the prairie
July 13, 2020
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Family fun to be found during county park scavenger hunt

From Friends of Anderson Park Friends of Anderson Park partners with P&TC to offer a Scavenger Hunt activity for their park. Read the article in County News Review July 9 edition: "Family fun to be found during county park scavenger hunt" Photo: Courtesy of Zach ...
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Chester Woods Park sign
May 26, 2020
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Connecting with the Community through the Radio

Friends of Chester Woods found an interesting way to connect with their broader community—through the radio. We'll take a journey through the behind-the-scenes process that brought them on air. KRPR 89.9 is a Classic Rock radio station in Rochester, and every two weeks they host ...
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May 7, 2020
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Friends groups creatively connect people to their parks through activities

Friends groups thrive on bringing people together within the park or trail they support. They organize educational events, volunteer work days, and social gatherings. Now, within the context of social distancing guidelines, friends groups are getting creative in how they are connecting their community with ...
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Goats roaming at the park
April 13, 2020
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Goats are Taking Over Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods What’s more fun than watching goats at play? How about watching goats accomplishing much needed work for the parks while they do their goat ‘thing’? Faced with overwhelming amounts of invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle and overgrown brush in the park, Friends ...
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bridge re-decking over water
April 8, 2020
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Spring 2020 News at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods In This Issue Goats for invasive species Bridge decking Volunteer hours in 2019 25th Anniversary of park Photo by: Friends of Chester Woods Click to view full story Go to friends' main page
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A number of folks plant prairie plants in a flower bed
February 7, 2020
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Friends of Scandia Parks Year in Review – Newsletter

From Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails In This Issue 2019 Highlights Educational Programs Park Stewardship GreenSteps City 2020 Vision Board Leadership Changes Photo by: Karen Schik Click to view Go to friends' main page
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boy scouts pose with a campsite sign
November 15, 2019
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Eagle Scout Creates Two Canoe-In Campsites at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods It's no longer necessary to travel all the way to the Boundary Waters to experience primitive camping with your canoe. On a Saturday in September 2019, Preston Satzke along with family and friends installed two canoe in campsites on the ...
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Kayak and canoe storage
November 14, 2019
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Creative Income for Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods When the Friends of Chester Woods board was considering possible projects for generating income and enhancing the park, a Friends volunteer, Georgia Northdurf, came up with the idea of having private watercraft racks available for rent. We immediately realized that ...
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snowy creek with animal tracks on bank
October 3, 2019
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Friends of Oxbow Newsletter

From Friends of Oxbow In This Issue Save the Date for Zoodazzle 50th Birthday Party recap New Cougar TerraLoco Challenge Board Member Spotlight Photo by: Ashley Pethan/P&TC Click to View Go to friends' main page
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Overlooking Horseleg Lake adjacent to land P&TCM acquire for the park
August 29, 2019
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Fall Festival at Anderson Park on Sept. 21

From Friends of Anderson Park Anderson Park’s 10th Annual Fall Festival is happening on Saturday, September 21! Both old and new activities are planned, with something for everyone:  live animals, a climbing hill, a climbing wall, a wetland plant tour, canoeing/kayaking, new spotting scopes on ...
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