Meet our Friends Group Partner

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.

Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group.

Friends of Itasca State Park

pinpoint of Itasca State Park on Minnesota


An all-volunteer group that raises money for projects that are needed at the park. For example, the group has raised money for playgrounds for various location around the park, and they restored the wicker furniture at the main lodge and many other projects around the park.

Friends Since


Volunteers installing playground
Volunteers installing a playground
Angler showing off fish on the pier
Angler enjoying the pier created by the Friends
Two people kneeling to install playground structure
Volunteers install a playground.
Distant view of pier at Itasca
The Friends helped create this pier at Itasca

Friends of Itasca State Park


Snowy Itasca State Park by Jelieta Walinski Ph.D

Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

Sat, Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

February 11, 2020

Amphitheater Dedication

Sat, Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

July 27, 2019

Friends of Itasca State Park


Friends of Itasca State Park

Our Partner Grant Project

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota offers grants to support friends groups' projects.

Our Related Advocacy Work

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a strong voice at the state capital working to ensure Minnesota’s parks and trails are protected and cared for. We work with friends groups to identify critical projects that need government support.


State Parks: rehab

State Parks: rehab

Renew state park visitor facilities that have fallen into disrepair.


State Parks: forest restoration

State Parks: forest restoration

Restore 255 acres of forested native plant communities in several state parks.

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