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State Park Friends

November 21, 2019
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“Milkweed and Monarchs” and other news at Glendalough

From Glendalough Park Partners fall 2019 newsletter Hikers and bikers observed two resurgences along the Glendalough trails in the summer of 2019 – milkweed and monarch butterflies. The interdependence of these two prairie natives cannot be overstated. Click to read full newsletter The monarch butterfly ...
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November 20, 2019
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Friends of Zippel Bay shifts to year-round park support

A couple years ago, Friends of Zippel Bay State Park started to shift focus away from primarily supporting nordic ski activities to a more inclusive, broad vision of support for the park. Courtesy of Friends of Zippel Bay State Park In 2019, they successfully secured ...
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Friends pose under their banner
October 29, 2019
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A wide range of support from Friends of Minneopa

Since 1998, the Friends of Minneopa State Park has supported a wide variety of opportunities for community members and visitors to experience Minneopa State Park. Their past year of activities demonstrates the group's lasting commitment to this special park near Mankato. Annual Events Winterfest (January): ...
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October 25, 2019
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October Newsletter – Friends of Lake Maria

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park See what the friends group has been up to this summer! Also, learn about upcoming events they will be holding. (Click image below to view full newsletter.) Click to view full newsletter Banner image: Jeff Moravec / P&TC ...
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kids wading in the river with nets
October 25, 2019
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Getting more kids outside through youth engagement grants

Three more friends groups will be getting kids to their state parks for field trips, with support from grants issued by Parks & Trails Council. One of the biggest barriers that schools and youth groups face with getting kids outdoors and going on field trips ...
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kids and naturalist walk along a gravel path
October 21, 2019
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North Branch Students explore Wild River State Park

About 50 kids from North Branch's "Youth Connections" program descended upon Wild River State Park Thursday. Friends of Wild River State Park, through a grant secured from Parks & Trails Council, partnered with the park naturalist and the Youth Connections program to build a field ...
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Fifth-graders explore the woods at Lake Maria
October 11, 2019
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Getting youth outdoors by partnering with Friends Groups

School is back in session. And for some lucky students this fall, their classroom happened to be a park or trail for a day.
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People trail run
October 8, 2019
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Runners endured muddy trails at the Leaf Mountain Foot Race

From Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park hosted their 2nd Annual Leaf Mountain Foot Race on September 21, 2019. Thunderstorms passed through during the first loop of the race, but that didn't stop these hearty souls! Runners soldiered on ...
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woman stands behind pile of volleyball sand
October 2, 2019
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Energizing the park with innovative ideas and community programs

Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park More often than not, cutting-edge ideas come from those outside the rank-and-file of an organization. This is part of the reason friends groups are such an asset for parks and trails. They bring a wealth of perspectives and energy ...
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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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September 20, 2019
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Annual Big Woods Gathering on Sep. 22

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Join Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park for their Annual Big Woods Gathering on Sunday, September 22, 2019. 5:00 PM: Talk by Al Batt, writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist Al Batt, of Hartland, MN writes humor ...
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September 20, 2019
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Fall 2019 Newsletter – Friends of Wild River

From Friends of Wild River State Park In This Issue Annual Otter Trotter 5k River Cleanup Candlelight Night Almelund Apple Festival Return of Seegwan Staff Updates Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Wild River State Park Click to view Go to friends' main page
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September 11, 2019
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Find Wild Mushrooms at Lake Maria on Sep. 15

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Wild mushrooms will be the focus of a program at Lake Maria State Park on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 1 p.m. at the park’s nature center. Ron Spinosa, noted mushroom expert and member of the Minnesota mycological ...
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Friends set up a tent and food
August 29, 2019
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Meet the Friends of Camden State Park

Friends of Camden State Park playground project The Friends of Camden State Park became active in 2000 in order to add playground equipment at Camden State Park. The group raised about $24,000 to build a new playground. Many fundraisers were held including a night hike, ...
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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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