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State Park Friends

June 24, 2019
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Youth Engagement Grant Awards – Round 1

Five volunteer-led friends groups will implement youth engagement projects at state parks and trails this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include organizing field trips, hosting recreation opportunities, and developing hands-on ...
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kids looking over bog through binoculars
June 24, 2019
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Friends of Minneopa State Park celebrate summer solstice

From Friends of Minneopa State Park Friends of Minneopa hosted an event with live music to celebrate the summer solstice. Read about this in a story on June 21 by KEYC Mankato: "Friends of Minneopa State Park celebrate summer solstice" Read full story
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Minneopa falls
June 12, 2019
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Volunteers install deer exclosure at Zippel Bay State Park

From Friends of Zippel Bay State Park On Saturday June 8, a group of people gathered at Zippel Bay State Park to construct a deer exclosure—to protect young pine trees in approximately 6 acres of the park from being grazed on and killed by deer ...
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volunteers constructing a deer exclosure fence
June 10, 2019
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June Summer Activities at Maplewood State Park

From Friends of Maplewood State Park __________ Michelle Yarmakov / P&TC photo contest Meditation at Maplewood Monday, June 17; 6:30pm-7:15pm “When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor” reports National Geographic.  We live busy, ...
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May 22, 2019
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Open House at Lake Maria on June 8

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Lake Maria State Park and all Minnesota State Parks will hold their annual Open House on Saturday, June 8 from 8 am to 10 pm. The State Park Open House coincides with National Get Outdoors Day—a great opportunity ...
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May 22, 2019
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3rd Annual Big Woods Photo Contest Launches

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Friends of Nerstrand has launched its 3rd annual photo contest. Winning photos will be published in a 2020 Calendar, to be used as a fundraiser by the Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. Proceeds will help ...
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waterfall
May 12, 2019
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Trees and Shrubs Program at Lake Maria on May 18

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Come learn from Biologist Stephen G Saupe of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University about the trees and shrubs that grow in Lake Maria State Park.  He will discuss how to identify woody plants, and you’ll  learn ...
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Trees looking up. Lindsey Kramer/P&TC Photo Contest
April 24, 2019
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Celebrations planned to mark 100 years at Sibley State Park

From Minnesota DNR - Popular destination in Kandiyohi County was designated on April 23, 1919 Celebration events are planned throughout the summer to honor 100 years of Sibley State Park, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The park, in west-central Minnesota, is named for ...
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photographer and horseback riders
April 9, 2019
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Spring Clean Up at Lake Maria on April 27

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Please join other park volunteers as we help prepare the park for the summer season. Volunteers will be raking, working on trails and clearing bucktorn near the trail center.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is needed for this ...
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Volunteers stand by the water with the trash they collected during the clean up
April 1, 2019
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Walking for Glendalough—24 years and counting

The community around Glendalaugh State Park has a deep connection with and commitment to its state park. Each year, the Glendalough Park Partners hosts the "Walk for Glendalough," a day where visitors walk, bike, or hike the many trails within the park. Many walk participants ...
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Families walk through the forest on a paved trail
April 1, 2019
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Snake, Rattle, and Roll at Lake Maria on April 13

Photo by Jennifer Jackson From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Saturday, April 13 at 1pm at the trail center, Emily Roberts of Snake Discovery will present "Snake, Rattle, and Roll", a program focusing on native reptiles. Emily will bring a large variety of reptiles ...
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girl with snake
March 31, 2019
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Glendalough Walk 2019 in Full Motion

From Glendalough Park Partners Preparations for the 2019 Walk for Glendalough are in full motion. Mark your calendars to spend a portion of Saturday, April 20th in Glendalough State Park. After dealing with frigid temperatures this winter, the Walk will be a great way to ...
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March 15, 2019
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P&TC Issues Grants to Seven Friends Groups to Complete Habitat Restoration Projects

Seven volunteer-led friends groups will implement habitat restoration projects at state parks this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include planting trees, protecting young saplings, and diversifying tree canopy.
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
March 8, 2019
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Split Rock Creek State Park Advisory Board

Split Rock Creek State Park Advisory Board Mission Support Split Rock Creek State Park. Friends Since 1983 Friends on FacebookGeese enjoying the Lake by Linda Flanaganby Charles FreissThe Sioux Quartzite Bridge all freshened up after an evening shower Split Rock Creek State Park by Linda ...
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The clarity of the water and the sparkle of the ice attracted me to this photo.
February 25, 2019
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Trumpeter Swan Photography Program on March 23

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Lake Maria State Park will host an outdoor photography program at the park’s trail center on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 1p.m. Noted outdoor photographer John Pennoyer returns to Lake Maria to share information on Trumpeter Swans and ...
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Early morning along the St. Croix River at Wild River State Park's Sunrise Landing. Backlit trumpeter swan--another Minnesota wildlife success story. by Chuck Kartak