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Friends of Lake Maria

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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Fifth-graders explore the woods at Lake Maria
October 11, 2019
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Getting youth outdoors by partnering with Friends Groups

School is back in session. And for some lucky students this fall, their classroom happened to be a park or trail for a day.
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September 11, 2019
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Find Wild Mushrooms at Lake Maria on Sep. 15

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park Wild mushrooms will be the focus of a program at Lake Maria State Park on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 1 p.m. at the park’s nature center. Ron Spinosa, noted mushroom expert and member of the Minnesota mycological ...
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kids looking over bog through binoculars
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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Volunteers stand by the water with the trash they collected during the clean up
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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girl with snake
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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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
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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The log cabin looks warm amidst the snow in the winter
January 6, 2019
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Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria on Jan. 19, 2019

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park This season's Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria will happen on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Some of the exciting activities happening that day are listed below. A winter camping demonstration, which includes a presentation on Wilderness First Aid ...
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Snowy Itasca State Park by Jelieta Walinski Ph.D
November 19, 2018
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Lake Maria Candlelight Hike on Feb. 2, 2019

From Friends of Lake Maria The trail by candlelight. Photo by Bev Johnson. This event began years ago as a Candlelight Ski event, but due to lack of snow, it's morphed into a hike. Watch the weather though—this year COULD be different! The event is ...
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November 5, 2018
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#OptOutside with Friends of Lake Maria

Celebrate the day after a caloric Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, with a healthy and free walk in the park. All Minnesota state parks will waive the $7 daily entrance fee on Friday, November 23, 2018.
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April 20, 2018
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Cleanup the Park at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria State Park — Volunteer Park Cleanup Day Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 2pm Please join other park volunteers as we help prepare the park for the summer season. Volunteers will be raking, working on trails and planting trees. Lunch …

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April 20, 2018
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Totally turtles program at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria — Totally Turtles! On Saturday, April 14, naturalist Emily Roberts’s program covered all of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s native turtles. Kids learned what makes turtles so unique when a volunteer “transformed” into one! Kids even had the opportunity to hand-feed a …

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March 15, 2018
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Loon Program at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria MONTICELLO – Lake Maria State Park will host an outdoor photography program at the park’s nature center on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 1p.m. Noted outdoor photographer John Pennoyer returns to Lake Maria to share tips on Common Loons and …

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January 29, 2018
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Candlelight Hike at Lake Maria State Park

Lake Maria State Park’s annual Candlelight Hike will be held on Saturday, February 3,2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. An approximately one-mile of trail through the Lake Maria forest will be lit by candle luminaries.  The trail begins and ends at the heated trail …

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January 5, 2018
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Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria MONTICELLO — Please join the Friends of Lake Maria for our annual Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday January 20, 2018. A number of indoor and outdoor events are planned, …

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