2020 Friends Group Workshops
Bringing friends groups together to network, share, and learn.
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!
Learn & Share
Participate in presentations and group activities to talk about best practices and challenges. Hear from other groups and share your perspectives.
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/MnTrails.com
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.
Photo courtesy of Jan Lasar/MnTrails.com
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: