Friends of Maplewood

man bicycling on fresh pavement
February 10, 2022
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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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August 31, 2021
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Volunteers organize Leaf Days at Maplewood State Park

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Maplewood State Park for the annual Leaf Days celebration. Over the course of two weekends, kids and families can immerse themselves in activities—from hikes and wagon rides to look at the changing leaves to making apple cider and ...
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January 17, 2021
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The Maple Leaf – Winter/Spring 2021

From Friends of Maplewood State Park In This Issue COVID update Volunteer Highlight Ranger Report Membership Click image to read newsletter Go to friends' main page
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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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A pair of trumpeter swans enjoys a quiet and foggy morning
February 11, 2020
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The Maple Leaf – Friends of Maplewood State Park Newsletter

From Friends Maplewood State Park In This Issue Website highlight Maple syruping 2020 events Park update Leaf Days recap Hunting highlight Photo by: Penny Meyers / P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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September 23, 2019
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The Maple Leaf – Fall 2019 Newsletter

From Friends of Maplewood State Park In This Issue Leaf Days Events Recap Project Updates Membership Drive Ranger Report Photo: Alison Christensen / P&TC photo contest Click to download. Go to friends' main page
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Colorful handmade flies
August 13, 2019
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Fly tying and fishing at Maplewood State Park

Maplewood’s first fly fishing class was presented by fly fishing enthusiast and Friends of Maplewood member, Scott Stenshoel. The program introduced participants to the “art” of fly fishing , along with instruction of the “art” of “home-made” fly-tying. Each participant geared up with fly rods ...
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June 10, 2019
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June Summer Activities at Maplewood State Park

From Friends of Maplewood State Park __________ Michelle Yarmakov / P&TC photo contest Meditation at Maplewood Monday, June 17; 6:30pm-7:15pm “When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor” reports National Geographic.  We live busy, ...
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fishing off dock
February 11, 2019
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Maple Syruping, Trail Realignment, Leaf Days, and More

excerpts from the Friends of Maplewood State Park's winter/spring 2019 newsletter Maple Syrup Season As we sit inside trying to stay warm and thinking about the coming of spring, the sap is thinking it's soon time to pack its bags and begin the trip up ...
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a group poses with their newly picked prairie seeds
January 22, 2019
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Friends Groups Make an Impact through Grant Program

P&TC secured $50,000 of grant funding from the Henry S. Crosby Foundation in order to launch a multi-year initiative to engage friends groups in implementing habitat restoration projects in state parks. In 2018, five friends groups each received a $5,000 grant to spearhead a location-appropriate, ...
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a crowd in the picnic shelter enjoys the music
July 23, 2018
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Music Fills the Air at Maplewood State Park

Community members flocked to Maplewood State Park to attend two music concerts
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Tree Planting at Maplewood State Park
June 18, 2018
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Friends respond to emerald ash borer by planting maples at Maplewood State Park

In a project coordinated by the Friends of Maplewood State Park and DNR staff, 15 sugar maple trees have been planted in the park. The newly planted trees, which are between six to ten feet tall, are a proactive response to the threat posed by the invasive insect known as emerald ash borer (EAB)
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May 4, 2018
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P&TC awards $5,000 grants to Friends Groups for restoration projects in state parks

Five volunteer-led Friends Groups have each received a $5,000 grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota to spearhead habitat restoration projects within state parks. Parks & Trails Council worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to identify potential projects and overlap them with …

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Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack nearly complete
September 13, 2017
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Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack Dedication

It's time to say thank you to all who contributed time and money to the project.
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March 2, 2017
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DNR highlights new parks and trails offerings for 2017

New offerings come after record number of visitors utilize state’s parks and trails system in 2016; DNR seeks moderate fee increases to support increased demand for parks and trails maintenance and services. A variety of new experiences await visitors to Minnesota state parks and trails in 2017. For example, you can:
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