Meet a Friends Group

Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods

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A community organization devoted to preserving and enhancing the experience of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. This group seeks to:

  • Sustain the natural beauty and ecology of the park
  • Support interpretive and environmental education programs of the park
  • Advocate for the park
  • Promote awareness of the park’s resources
  • Provide volunteers and support when needed

Friends Since


Group walking through prairie and looking at plants
The friends help to organize events throughout the year, like this prairie hike
Friends standing by newly installed park bench
The friends work to add visitor amenities like this bench
Wooden sign says

More about these Friends

May 18, 2018

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park being enhanced with two volunteer ...

Volunteers from the Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty as they partner ...
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 ...
November 27, 2017

Retirement Open House/Coffee & Cake

Saturday, December 9, 2017 1 to 4:00 p.m. Nerstrand Big Woods Visitor Center It has been a privilege to serve the last 12 ...
Retiring park manager Elain Feikema
October 1, 2016

Getting more people into the woods

In the three years that Nerstrand Big Woods State Park has made friends with a group of committed volunteers, the park has ...
closeup of understory flower
October 1, 2013

Making friends

The Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park officially formed in September of this year. A driving force behind the ...
waterfalls with sun beams