State Park Friends

Eight people gathered in outdoors
July 30, 2021
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Glendalough Park Partners are the volunteer stewards of the park

A few short years after Glendalough State Park was established in 1991, volunteers banded together to form the Glendalough Park Partners. Their dedication and generosity are reflected in the quality experience this park offers. Everything from the modern restrooms to the trail signs, from prairie ...
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July 21, 2021
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Lake Maria Messenger – Summer 2021

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Scavenger Hunt Park News Biting Flies Backpacking Jack-in-the-pulpit Click image to read Go to friends' main page
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kids flower books on a black background
June 25, 2021
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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 filling a hole of a newly planted tree
June 1, 2021
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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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June 1, 2021
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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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orange and black butterfly
May 28, 2021
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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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Great Blue Heron
April 26, 2021
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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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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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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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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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Five adults working with clippers and gloves near rock mound
October 2, 2020
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Meet the Friends of Blue Mounds State Park

When Blue Mounds State Park’s lost its swimming lake to a flood in June 2014, there was robust debate about whether to rebuild the dam that created the lake. The ultimate decision to not rebuild led to the formation of a citizen advisory group in 2017. Their goal: plan the park’s new future.
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September 25, 2020
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“The Maple Leaf” Fall 2020

From Friends of Maplewood State Park In This Issue COVID update History of the friends group Manager update Candlelight event recap Annual meeting cancellation notice Photo: Alison Christensen / P&TC photo contest Click to read full newsletter Go to friends' main page
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Man fishing on dock with sunrise peeking over lake
August 31, 2020
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Friends of Lake Shetek Newsletter – August 2020

From Friends of Lake Shetek State Park In This Issue Become a member 14th Annual Pumpkin Festival Recent projects Friends group workshop Photo: Peggy Hubley/P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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