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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

1994

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

More about these Friends

July 23, 2018

Music Fills the Air at Maplewood State Park

Community members flocked to Maplewood State Park to attend two music concerts
June 18, 2018

Friends respond to emerald ash borer by planting maples at ...

In a project coordinated by the Friends of Maplewood State Park and DNR staff, 15 sugar maple trees have been planted in the ...
Tree Planting at Maplewood State Park
May 4, 2018

P&TC awards $5,000 grants to Friends Groups for restoration ...

Five volunteer-led Friends Groups have each received a $5,000 grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota to spearhead ...
September 13, 2017

Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack Dedication

It's time to say thank you to all who contributed time and money to the project.
Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack nearly complete
November 26, 2016

Building the Sugar Shack

For years the Friends of Maplewood have been fundraising and coordinating logistics to build a sugar shack for the growing ...
Workers putting up the siding on the sugar shack
August 26, 2012

Bringing new people to an outdoor recreation gem

Friends of Maplewood State Park has about 100 members, with another 30 on an advisory committee. The group publishes a ...
Crafting station in the park