State Park Friends

Three Friends Groups receive funding for habitat restoration in 2024

Three Friends Groups have received funding for habitat restoration in 2024. These projects will address a variety of habitat-related issues at state and regional parks, including the restoration of bird habitat around a wildlife blind, creative erosion control measures at a high-traffic picnic area, and ...
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Mulch and mud pies: a nature play area opens at Tettegouche

After three years of hard work, the Friends of Tettegouche held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their Nature Play Area on Saturday, August 26th. The play area, which is designed to be ADA-accessible and includes a variety of play features, is located at the park’s High ...
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Members of the Friends of Tettegouche hold a ribbon intertwined with leaves while the assistant park manager prepares to cut it.

Glendalough Park Partners

Champions of a Park Legacy

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Collage of four photos showing scenes from Glendalough State Park with a wood plaque overlaid in the center

Restoring tree cover at Frontenac State Park

Emerald Ash Borer has devastated the tree canopy across Minnesota, and Frontenac State Park is no exception. Over the last few years, park staff have been forced to remove more than 250 ash trees from the area, with 30 more projected to be removed in …

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A group of Girl Scouts and Friends Group volunteers stand around a recently dug hole at the park. There is a sapling on the left that is ready to be planted.

Four Friends Groups receive funding for habitat restoration in 2023

In 2023, Parks & Trails Council partnered with four friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at natural areas around the state. See our recap of their activities below! 2023 by the Numbers $10,000 4 173 83 Funds granted Friends Group Partners Trees and shrubs ...
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The Friends of Lashbrook Park pose for a photo
January 5, 2023

Intro to Winter Activities at Savanna Portage State Park

From Friends of Savanna Portage If you happen to be in the vicinity of Savanna Portage State Park this winter, you might discover a variety of frost-friendly activities to take part in, courtesy of the newly-formed Friends of Savanna Portage State Park. Coming soon: you ...
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December 12, 2022

Friends of Savanna Portage State Park

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 Savanna Portage State Park Mission The mission of the Friends of Savanna Portage State Park is to support ...
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May 23, 2022

New trail at Sibley made possible with P&TC land

A long-awaited 3-mile, paved, multi-use trail has been completed at Sibley State Park. This scenic trail meanders through the prairie for a uniquely peaceful experience. Plus, its current endpoint— a tunnel under Hwy. 71—foreshadows an exciting next phase.
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Person in pink jacket walking on paved trail
March 15, 2022

Eight friends groups receive grants from P&TC in 2022

Parks & Trails Council continued its popular Friends Group grant program in 2022 by issuing grants ranging from $350-$3,450 to eight friends groups. As a stewardship partner to specific parks and trails, Friends Groups can play a significant role in supporting habitat restoration efforts, trail ...
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kids filling a hole of a newly planted tree
March 15, 2022

Friends joined park manager interview process

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park It Never Hurts to Ask Like the average person, I guess, I’m not very good at asking for assistance in most endeavors. However, when the Park Manager’s position opened up at Lake Maria State Park, it occurred to ...
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March 1, 2022

2021 Friends Group Habitat Restoration Grants Recap

In 2021, Parks & Trails Council partnered with nine friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at state and regional parks and trails. See the recap below. 2021 by the Numbers $7,500 $4,360 9 82 8.5 921 Funds granted Local cash match Friends Group Partners ...
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group of volunteers stands next to buckthorn pile
February 24, 2022

Meet the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park

Friends Group Since Established in 2002. Mission To provide support for reasonable improvement, maintenance, protection, and expansion of Lake Shetek State Park for the benefit of present and future generations. Recent Events: Fall Festival Continuing an annual tradition, the friends group helped host the park’s …

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Wooden sign mounted between stone pillars
February 10, 2022

2022 Legislative Monitoring: Community-driven trail projects

We support volunteer friends groups to advocate for trail projects in their communities. The table below highlights key actions that have been taken on this priority issue during the 2022 Legislative Session. We will work to update this table throughout the session. Casey Jones State ...
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man bicycling on fresh pavement
February 10, 2022

Tracks & Trails – Winter 2022

From Glendalough Park Partners In This Issue Walk for Glendalough Friends Group Impact Report Lights Out Migration Winter Animal Tracks Year 1 at Glendalough history Click image to read newsletter Go to friends' main page
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February 7, 2022

Lake Maria Messenger – Winter 2022

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Trumpeter swans Winter animal adaptations Trail conditions New member welcome Animal tracks Click image to view newsletter Go to friends' main page
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