2020 Annual Dinner


Canceled due to COVID-19

As our nation and state continues to respond to this pandemic, we sadly will NO longer be able to host our Annual Dinner as planned on April 30. Rather than trying to reschedule the event at this time we will continue to follow the lead of federal and state health experts to determine if and when it is prudent to do so.

Thank you for your patience and for all the support you provide in this work of acquiring, protecting, and enhancing the critical land for the public’s use and benefit.

at Town & Country Club in St. Paul, MN
5:00 PM  — silent auction & social (1 drink ticket included)
6:15 PM  — dinner & program


$75 person  |  $500 table of 8  |  $625 table of 10

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Keynote Speaker: Travis Novitsky

Nature through the lens of an

Anishinabe Photographer

A proud citizen of the Grand Portage Anishinabe Nation and manager of Grand Portage State Park, Travis Novitsky will share his spectacular nature photography.

Travis has found peace and beauty in the night sky, which lately has been his prime subject. “I have experienced many nights where the silence is deafening,” he says. “To hear that silence you need to push everything out of your mind and let yourself truly be in that moment.”

Reuel Harmon Awardee: Steve Thorne

Honoring an

adept advocate for state parks

The Reuel Harmon Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service and outstanding achievement on behalf of Minnesota’s parks and trails.

This year’s honoree, Steve Thorne, helped overcome local opposition to expand Tettegouche State Park in 1979, he helped negotiate a complex deal to create Grand Portage State Park in 1989, and has dedicated countless hours volunteering for numerous environmental nonprofits, including as president of Parks & Trails Council.

Award Hall of Fame
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people looking at a marsh marigold patch
Spring wildflower program at Lake Maria State Park. Photo courtesy of Arne Myrabo

Friends Group Awardee: Friends of Lake Maria State Park

A park thrives

with a little help from its friends

This award recognizes a friends group that demonstrates outstanding stewardship, volunteerism, and collaboration in support of Minnesota’s parks and trails. Friends of Lake Maria State Park embodies these values through its activities, by engaging kids and families through fun events, collaborating with community partners and park staff.

Friends Group Page

Silent Auction & Raffle

Features items not to be missed:

  • high quality outdoor gear from top producers
  • lodging from top rated resorts
  • unique experiences you’ll only see here.
Preview Items
Donate an item
Silent Auction display
2015 Annual Dinner table

Plated Dinner

Your choice of:

  • Canadian Walleye: Cracker crusted–pan fried served with cornichon aioli wild rice pilaf and steam garden vegetables.
  • Vegetables & Tofu Stir Fry:  Wok fire vegetables and marinated tofu dressed in a zesty sesame-soy sauce (vegan and gluten free).
  • Midwest chicken roulade:  Wild rice, cranberries and toasted pecan with shallot cream sauce served with parmesan potatoes and steam green beans with chive butter.

2019 photo gallery

Woman holding bicycle bookends
Outgoing president Julie Gugin receives thank you gift
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wooden carved ducks mounted on wood platform
Reuel Harmon Award
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Silent auction
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Reuel Harmon Award being given to Sen. Keith Langseth by Parks & Trails Council president and executive director
people socializing at annual dinner event

2018 photo gallery

Woman posing with stuffed bera
At the photo booth
Two women and a man posing for camera
Social hour
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At the photo booth
Board member Anne Flueckiger bidding on the auction
Board member Anne Flueckiger bidding on the auction
Man and woman posing with a stuffed bear
At the photo booth
Group gathered around round tables
Seated dinner and program
Woman and man posing with stuffed bera
At the photo booth
Woman posing for camera
Social hour

Event Sponsors

Pincushion Trails Inn