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State Park Friends

walk awardees post for a group photo with their prizes
August 2, 2019
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Youthful Stewardship and Other News at Glendalough State Park

From the Glendalough Park Partners summer 2019 newsletter: During the past few years, Walk for Glendalough participants have witnessed the enthusiasm and involvement from a growing number of young people. In fact, a few area students have become annual award recipients for pledges they have ...
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volunteers planting trees
July 25, 2019
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Working with Friends to improve landscapes at seven state parks

Trees, trees, trees! Earlier this spring, volunteers, young and old, could be found with shovels in hand at seven state parks—Blue Mounds, Lake Bemidji, Minneopa, Sibley, Tettegouche, and Whitewater—where they were planting and protecting trees (and shrubs) in key areas of the landscape.
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July 18, 2019
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Itasca State Park to dedicate new amphitheater

From Minnesota DNR The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Itasca will host a dedication event on Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the new Lake Itasca Amphitheater at Itasca State Park. The dedication will take place at the ...
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kids looking over bog through binoculars
June 24, 2019
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Youth Engagement Grant Awards – Round 1

Five volunteer-led friends groups will implement youth engagement projects at state parks and trails this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include organizing field trips, hosting recreation opportunities, and developing hands-on ...
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June 24, 2019
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Friends of Minneopa State Park celebrate summer solstice

From Friends of Minneopa State Park Friends of Minneopa hosted an event with live music to celebrate the summer solstice. Read about this in a story on June 21 by KEYC Mankato: "Friends of Minneopa State Park celebrate summer solstice" Read full story
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volunteers constructing a deer exclosure fence
June 12, 2019
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Volunteers install deer exclosure at Zippel Bay State Park

From Friends of Zippel Bay State Park On Saturday June 8, a group of people gathered at Zippel Bay State Park to construct a deer exclosure—to protect young pine trees in approximately 6 acres of the park from being grazed on and killed by deer ...
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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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waterfall
May 22, 2019
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3rd Annual Big Woods Photo Contest Launches

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Friends of Nerstrand has launched its 3rd annual photo contest. Winning photos will be published in a 2020 Calendar, to be used as a fundraiser by the Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. Proceeds will help ...
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photographer and horseback riders
April 24, 2019
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Celebrations planned to mark 100 years at Sibley State Park

From Minnesota DNR - Popular destination in Kandiyohi County was designated on April 23, 1919 Celebration events are planned throughout the summer to honor 100 years of Sibley State Park, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The park, in west-central Minnesota, is named for ...
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Volunteers stand by the water with the trash they collected during the clean up
April 9, 2019
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Spring Clean Up at Lake Maria on April 27

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Please join other park volunteers as we help prepare the park for the summer season. Volunteers will be raking, working on trails and clearing bucktorn near the trail center.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is needed for this ...
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Families walk through the forest on a paved trail
April 1, 2019
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Walking for Glendalough—24 years and counting

The community around Glendalaugh State Park has a deep connection with and commitment to its state park. Each year, the Glendalough Park Partners hosts the "Walk for Glendalough," a day where visitors walk, bike, or hike the many trails within the park. Many walk participants ...
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girl with snake
April 1, 2019
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Snake, Rattle, and Roll at Lake Maria on April 13

Photo by Jennifer Jackson From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Saturday, April 13 at 1pm at the trail center, Emily Roberts of Snake Discovery will present "Snake, Rattle, and Roll", a program focusing on native reptiles. Emily will bring a large variety of reptiles ...
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March 31, 2019
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Glendalough Walk 2019 in Full Motion

From Glendalough Park Partners Preparations for the 2019 Walk for Glendalough are in full motion. Mark your calendars to spend a portion of Saturday, April 20th in Glendalough State Park. After dealing with frigid temperatures this winter, the Walk will be a great way to ...
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
March 15, 2019
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P&TC Issues Grants to Seven Friends Groups to Complete Habitat Restoration Projects

Seven volunteer-led friends groups will implement habitat restoration projects at state parks this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include planting trees, protecting young saplings, and diversifying tree canopy.
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Historic Sioux Quartzite bridge at Split Rock Creek State Park
March 8, 2019
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Friends of Split Rock Creek State Park

Friends of Split Rock Creek State Park Mission Support Split Rock Creek State Park. Friends Since 1983 Friends on FacebookGeese enjoying the Lake by Linda FlanaganSplit Rock Creek State ParkSplit Rock Creek Dam by Linda Flanagan Friends of Split Rock Creek State ParkEvents
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