Friends Group Partner Award

The Friends Group Partner Award is an annual recognition of outstanding stewardship, volunteerism, and collaboration by a friends group in support of a park or trail.

Wooden award in shape of Minnesota

Recognizing Outstanding Stewardship

Starting in 2020, Parks & Trails Council began celebrating the unique role that friends groups play in supporting Minnesota’s parks and trails by issuing an award to a friends group partner that demonstrates the values of stewardship, volunteerism, and collaboration.

The award is presented during our Annual Dinner event.

The Award

Each award is laser engraved, showing the different ecosystems in Minnesota and displaying the group’s name prominently. The award is presented to the friends group for them to display at the park or trail or another place meaningful to the group.

Friends Group Partner Award Recipients

Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association

Trail advocates who go the extra mile

Friends of Lake Maria State Park

Providing public and youth engagement opportunities