State 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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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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Tree trunks
July 7, 2020
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July 2020 Newsletter – Friends of Nerstrand

From Friends Nerstrand Big Woods State Park In This Issue Park update Book review of "Nature's Best Hope" by Douglas W. Tallamy Meet the new manager Help wanted Upcoming events Photo by: Stephanie Moss/P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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Newsletter masthead: Tracks and trails Spring 2020 #100
May 26, 2020
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Tracks & Trails – 100th Newsletter Issue

From Glendalough Park Partners In This Issue Note from original newsletter editors Partnership with the Sentencing to Serve Program Exploring Glendalough's "Sense of Place" Facebook page debut Remembering Pam President's Remarks Jeff's Jottings Photo by: Lisa Filter Click to read full newsletter Go to friends' ...
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May 26, 2020
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Fall/Winter 2019 Newsletter Updates

From Friends of Blue Mounds State Park In This Issue Notes from the Naturalist Park Notes Grants Update Photo Corner Photo by: Tanya O'Leary Click to Read Full Newsletter Go to friends' main page
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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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volunteer in a bright yellow vest
April 10, 2020
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Friends of Lake Maria State Park

Providing public and youth engagement opportunities
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Volunteers raking dirt to restore prairie plants
April 2, 2020
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April Newsletter – Friends of Nertrand Big Woods

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park In This Issue At the Park Now Nature News: Monarchs Join Us Planned Events Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Click to Download Go to friends' main page
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actors ready to portray history of the park
March 17, 2020
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Video of Theater in the Park now online + Volunteers Recognized

From Friends of Whitewater State Park Theater In the Park Video The Friends of Whitewater recently added the Theater in the Park performance recording to their webpage. It is a powerful story about the history of the Whitewater Valley and the changing relationship between humans ...
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