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


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

Friends Since


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


kids and naturalist walk along a gravel path

Webinar: Friends Groups & Youth Field Trips

Tue, Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 22

MN Scavenger Hunts

Mon, Jun 15 – Tue, Sep 8 @ All Day

Summer 2020
Until Labor Day

buckthorn leaves

[CANCELED] Invasive Species

Sat, Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

April 11, 2020

[CANCELED] Minnesota Orchids

Sat, Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

March 28, 2020

candle within an ice holder

Candlelight Hike

Sat, Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

February 1, 2020

The log cabin looks warm amidst the snow in the winter

Winter Fun Day

Sat, Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, January 18

woods with yellow fall colors

Opt Outside at Lake Maria

Fri, Nov 29 @ All Day

November 29, 2019
All day

Barred owl in tree

Howl at the Moon – Raptors and Night Hike

Sat, Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 12, 2019

Two wolves in the winter snow

Wolves at our Door

Sat, Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

August 10, 2019

people looking at a marsh marigold patch

Open House

Sat, Jun 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

June 8, 2019

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

Trees and Shrubs

Sat, May 18 @ All Day

May 18, 2019

Friends of Lake Maria State Park


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