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2019 Friends Group Regional Workshops

In 2019, Parks & Trails Council is working with the DNR to facilitate four regional workshops for friends groups. Friends group leaders will have the opportunity to meet with their peers, learn about precedents, share best practices, and engage in planning activities.

May 17

Itasca State Park

pinpoint of Itasca State Park on Minnesota

September 13

Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park map

October 4

Lake Shetek State Park

November 7

Whitewater State Park

Pinpoint of Whitewater State Park on MN map

What to expect

  • Sessions with guided discussion about specific topics, such as membership, outreach, advocacy, and project planning
  • Networking¬†with other friends group leaders
  • Connecting with land management agency staff
  • An optional outdoor experience at the end of the day (i.e. hike or project tour)
  • A registration fee of ~$20
  • Light breakfast and lunch provided

Who should attend?

  • Current friends group leaders and members
  • Friends groups looking for new ideas and best practices
  • Inactive friends groups looking for inspiration
  • Folks interested in starting a friends group
  • Agency partners that work with friends groups

Tentative Schedule

9:30amRegistration, breakfast, and social
10:00amWelcome and introductions
10:30amSession 1
11:30amSession 2
1:00pmSession 3
2:00pmSession 4
3:30pmOptional outdoor experience
5:00pmEvent ends