Dramatic sunset over a marsh at Lake Maria State Park

Meet our Friends Group Partner

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for
Friends of Lake Maria State Park.

As fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and administering funds on behalf of the friends group.

Friends of Lake Maria State Park

pinpoint of Lake Maria State Park on Minnesota

Mission

The Friends of Lake Maria State Park work together to preserve the park’s environment and support park activities

Friends Since

1996

Friends on field trip at Lake Maria with Master Naturalist program
Dramatic sunset over a marsh at Lake Maria State Park
Sunset over ponds at Lake Maria by John Dykstra

Friends of Lake Maria State Park

Events

Luminaries light the ski trail

Lake Maria Candlelight Walk

Saturday, February 4, 2023
5:30-8:00pm

Free Park Friday: Lake Maria

Friday, November 25, 2022
9am-3pm

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park by Marcella Chester

Universe in the Park

August 13, 2021
8:30pm-10pm

Scavenger Hunt Banner

2021 Scavenger Hunts

June 1 – September 12, 2021

buckthorn leaves

[CANCELED] Invasive Species

April 11, 2020
1pm

[CANCELED] Minnesota Orchids

March 28, 2020
10am

candle within an ice holder

Candlelight Hike

February 1, 2020
5pm-8pm

The log cabin looks warm amidst the snow in the winter

Winter Fun Day

Saturday, January 18
9am-3pm

woods with yellow fall colors

Opt Outside at Lake Maria

November 29, 2019
All day

runners on a paved trail

Otter Trotter 5k

October 13, 2019
10am-12pm

Two wolves in the winter snow

Wolves at our Door

August 10, 2019
11am-12:30pm

people looking at a marsh marigold patch

Open House

June 8, 2019
8am-10pm

Trees looking up. Lindsey Kramer/P&TC Photo Contest

Trees and Shrubs

May 18, 2019

Friends of Lake Maria State Park

News

Friends of Lake Maria State Park

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

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