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State Park Friends

actors ready to portray history of the park
March 17, 2020
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Video of Theater in the Park now online + Volunteers Recognized

From Friends of Whitewater State Park Theater In the Park Video The Friends of Whitewater recently added the Theater in the Park performance recording to their webpage. It is a powerful story about the history of the Whitewater Valley and the changing relationship between humans ...
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A number of people are putting on snow shoes
February 24, 2020
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Lake Maria Messenger – February 2020

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park In This Issue Learn Orchid Photography Your Membership Matters Spring Programs and Activities Photo by: Bev Johnson Click to read Go to friends' main page
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A pair of trumpeter swans enjoys a quiet and foggy morning
February 11, 2020
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The Maple Leaf – Friends of Maplewood State Park Newsletter

From Friends Maplewood State Park In This Issue Website highlight Maple syruping 2020 events Park update Leaf Days recap Hunting highlight Photo by: Penny Meyers / P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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singers entertain under the shade of the picnic shelter
January 31, 2020
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First ever newsletter for Lake Louise State Park Association

From Lake Louise State Park Association In This Issue Manager update Winter in the Park Open House recap Candlelight Walk recap 2020 event planning Photo by: Cindy Hamlin Click to download Go to friends' main page
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friends and youth celebrate having planted a tree
January 29, 2020
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Partnership restores patches of habitat at seven state parks

In 2019, Parks & Trails Council partnered with seven friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at state parks. This work was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry S. Crosby Foundation. 2019 by the Numbers $25,364 7 237 11 493 Funds granted ...
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luminaries lighting the hike and snowshoe trail
January 23, 2020
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Minneopa Messenger – January 2020 Newsletter

From Friends of Minneopa State Park In This Issue Winter Fest Manager's Report Cutting Buckthorn Enjoying Winter Honoring Founder Brand Frentz 2019 Photo Contest Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Minneopa State Park Click to download Go to friends' main page
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shovels and trees that are ready to be planted
January 6, 2020
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Behind the scenes: Planning a Centennial Celebration for Whitewater State Park

From Friends of Whitewater State Park The Centennial of a park is a BIG deal! It is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So, the naturalists at Whitewater State Park, which was established in 1919, put together a plan to host a special event each month of ...
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candles along path in the snow at night
December 15, 2019
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Winter 2020 Newsletter – Friends of Wild River

From Friends of Wild River State Park In This Issue Letter from the President Ampitheater Update Candlelight Event Annual Meeting on March 14 2020 Events Park Manager Update Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Wild River State Park Click to view full newsletter Go to friends' ...
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volunteers rake pea rock in a campsite
November 25, 2019
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Friends help upgrade tent pads at Nerstrand

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park On Thursday 11/14/19, a crew consisting of five volunteers and two park staff improved a total of eight tent pads in three hours! The pads, located at group camp and walk-in sites, were first cleared of leaves ...
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November 21, 2019
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“Milkweed and Monarchs” and other news at Glendalough

From Glendalough Park Partners fall 2019 newsletter Hikers and bikers observed two resurgences along the Glendalough trails in the summer of 2019 – milkweed and monarch butterflies. The interdependence of these two prairie natives cannot be overstated. Click to read full newsletter The monarch butterfly ...
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November 20, 2019
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Friends of Zippel Bay shifts to year-round park support

A couple years ago, Friends of Zippel Bay State Park started to shift focus away from primarily supporting nordic ski activities to a more inclusive, broad vision of support for the park. Courtesy of Friends of Zippel Bay State Park In 2019, they successfully secured ...
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Friends pose under their banner
October 29, 2019
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A wide range of support from Friends of Minneopa

Since 1998, the Friends of Minneopa State Park has supported a wide variety of opportunities for community members and visitors to experience Minneopa State Park. Their past year of activities demonstrates the group's lasting commitment to this special park near Mankato. Annual Events Winterfest (January): ...
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October 25, 2019
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October Newsletter – Friends of Lake Maria

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park See what the friends group has been up to this summer! Also, learn about upcoming events they will be holding. (Click image below to view full newsletter.) Click to view full newsletter Banner image: Jeff Moravec / P&TC ...
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kids wading in the river with nets
October 25, 2019
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Getting more kids outside through youth engagement grants

Three more friends groups will be getting kids to their state parks for field trips, with support from grants issued by Parks & Trails Council. One of the biggest barriers that schools and youth groups face with getting kids outdoors and going on field trips ...
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kids and naturalist walk along a gravel path
October 21, 2019
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North Branch Students explore Wild River State Park

About 50 kids from North Branch's "Youth Connections" program descended upon Wild River State Park Thursday. Friends of Wild River State Park, through a grant secured from Parks & Trails Council, partnered with the park naturalist and the Youth Connections program to build a field ...
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