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2020 Friends Group Workshops

Bringing friends groups together to network, share, and learn.

Tuesday, September 1

Flandrau State Park

Tuesday, September 22

Lake Bemidji State Park

Network & Connect

Meet dozens of other friends group leaders from across Minnesota. Share in the energy and excitement of supporting Minnesota’s parks and trails.

Leave with inspiration and ideas for your group, as well as new friends!

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people sitting around tables watching a presentation

Learn & Share

Participate in presentations and group activities to talk about best practices and challenges. Hear from other groups and share your perspectives.

Schedule TBD:

Main sessions will be focused on Tuesday from mid-morning to the afternoon (i.e. 9:30am-3:30pm). A light breakfast, with coffee, and lunch will be included. There will likely be optional networking sessions in the early morning on Tuesday as well as Monday evening.

Explore & Discover

Workshops are located in state parks that offer many opportunities to enjoy time in nature.

Flandrau State Park

Trail along the river and through wooded river bottoms and open grasslands.

Lake Bemidji State Park

Sandy beach, two bog boardwalks, numerous hiking and biking trails and more.

Photos courtesy of Tony Webster/FlickrCC and Jan Lasar/
volunteers setting up the registration table
Photo courtesy of Sara Holger/DNR


A $20-$30 registration fee will help to cover workshop materials and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Scholarships may be available.

Vehicles entering either state park must have a daily or annual park permit. This is not included in the registration fee.

Lodging is not included in the registration fee, see below for lodging ideas.

Campers settling in at new campground at Lake Vermilion
Photo courtesy of Jan Lasar/


If you choose to stay overnight, we suggest you stay on Monday night. Reservations for campsites or camper cabins within the parks can be made through the DNR’s reservation system. If you choose to stay at a hotel, here are some nearby options: