Meet our Friends Group Partner

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for
Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods 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 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

Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park


Webinar: Friends Groups & Nature Play Areas

Wed, Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, August 19

Candles along path in snow

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Walk

Sat, Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 1

Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park


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