nature center with garden and bench
November 30, 2021
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Meet Friends of Sunfish Lake Park

A small, but mighty, group of volunteers banded together five years ago to stand as a symbol of stewardship for Lake Elmo's Sunfish Lake Park. One of their primary activities has been creating and operating the nature center in the park. In addition, they host ...
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volunteers discussing how to best approach the protective fencing
November 29, 2021
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DNR Update – Gratitude, new leadership, and 2022 goals

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR I hope everyone is staying well and enjoying the holiday season so far as we approach the end of the year. I can confidently say on behalf of the DNR and all of the staff you work with at ...
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November 16, 2021
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Friends of Oxbow – Fall 2021 Newsletter

From Friends of Oxbow In This Issue Fall Fest Nature center fundraising Membership renewal Merchandise Board member spotlight Click image to view newsletter Go to friends' main page
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November 9, 2021
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Habitat Restoration Grants Q&A

Details Tune in to this Q&A session to learn about the 2022 grant program and the types of projects it will fund. More Webinar Recordings
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new paved trail segment with fields on each side
November 1, 2021
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Capital Investment Committee hears pitch for Casey Jones Trail Funding

From Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association Friends of the Jackson County Trails has been working hard to develop an off-road trail for mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoeing. Read the article in Pipestone County Star October 29 edition: "Capital Investment Committee hears pitch ...
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invasive plants loaded to transport
October 19, 2021
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Friends are committed to addressing invasive plants

From Friends of Chester Woods There is a never-ending battle going on in Olmsted County Parks to limit the spread of invasive plants. This effort is under the direction of park staff with the help of the Friends of Chester Woods (FOCW) and other volunteers. ...
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October 12, 2021
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Lake Maria Messenger – Fall 2021

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Stargazing Park news Campsite cooking Nature Day reflection Click image to view newsletter Go to friends' main page
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October 8, 2021
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Grow the Land Fund Goal Reached!

When P&TC’s Land Fund was stretched to its max with recent land acquisitions, we reached out to our members to ask for help in funding this critical tool. And you all responded in force to ensure P&TC’s work of acquiring land for parks and trails …

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October 8, 2021
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Parks & Trails Fun Quiz: October

What’s in a name? Test your knowledge of the origin, meaning and other fun facts about Minnesota parks and trails names.

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volunteer flagging for environmental assessment
September 30, 2021
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Friends raise funds for trail environmental assessment and more

Amidst the pandemic, Friends of the Lake Vermilion Trail has been quite busy. First, they formalized from a work group to a nonprofit organization in August of 2020. Then, they immediately hit the ground running to raise money—one of the main reasons for formalizing the ...
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September 16, 2021
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2021 Annual Dinner Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 Annual Dinner
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a group poses with their newly picked prairie seeds
September 10, 2021
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Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods seeks new Board Member

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Position: Board Member Posting date: September 10, 2021 Contact: detertnorth@gmail.com Overview Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park’s mission is preserving and enhancing the experience of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. The friends group has a volunteer ...
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group gathered under banner and cutting a ribbon
August 31, 2021
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Meet Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation

Since the '90s, Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation has played a critical role in developing trails in the county. Their efforts to spread awareness, promote the benefits of trails, and raise money have contributed to the development of the Sunrise Prairie Trail and Swedish ...
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August 31, 2021
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Volunteers organize Leaf Days at Maplewood State Park

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Maplewood State Park for the annual Leaf Days celebration. Over the course of two weekends, kids and families can immerse themselves in activities—from hikes and wagon rides to look at the changing leaves to making apple cider and ...
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August 12, 2021
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Photo Contests

Details Photo contests are a great way for friends groups to engage their members and offer an opportunity for photographers to showcase their skills. Watch this webinar to hear about some photo contest best practices and learn from some friends groups who conduct photo contests ...
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