Meet our Friends Group Partner

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

Maplewood pinpointed on MNMission

To assist the MnDNR in preserving and utilizing Maplewood State Park by assisting with its development, proper planning and management of its facilities and use. It is a communicating link with the public and the Agency and the Legislature.

Highlight of Activities

  • Building Maple Syruping Facility (winter 2016)
  • Annual Maple Leaf Days Celebration
  • Building Picnic Shelter (2008)

Friends Since


DNR staff collecting maple sap
Collecting maple sap for the Maple Syrup programs.
Workers putting up the siding on the sugar shack
Putting up the siding
Crafting station in the park
The annual Maple Leaf Days is a key event for the Friends.
Park visitors gathered around campfire during candlelight ski event
Friends tend the bonfire for the candlelight ski event
Picnic shelter on hill
The stunning picnic shelter built by the Friends Group

Friends of Maplewood State Park


Scavenger Hunt Banner

2021 Scavenger Hunts

Tue, Jun 1 – Sun, Sep 12 @ All Day

June 1 – September 12, 2021

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

kid practicing drilling into tree to tap for maple syrup

[CANCELED] Maple Syrup Demonstration Day

Sat, Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

April 4, 2020

Woman skiing at Frontenac

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Walk

Sat, Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

February 22, 2020

Leaf Days

Sat, Oct 5 – Sun, Oct 6 @ All Day

October 5-6, 2019
All day

Water Color Painting

Sat, Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

June 22, 2019

Meditation at Maplewood

Mon, Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

June 17, 2019

Friends of Maplewood State Park


Friends of Maplewood 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.

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