October 7, 2020
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Membership Tracking Template

Details This virtual training shows how to use the membership data tracking template. Download the Excel template and walk through how to enter, evaluate, and export data. More Webinar Recordings
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Sunset over a reedy lake
October 6, 2020
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Lake 21 now fully encompassed within Sibley State Park

Lake 21 is serene, wilderness-like place whose fate is now secured to remain that way. On October 5, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC) sold land to the MnDNR that brings the entire shoreline of this lake under the management of Sibley State Park.
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Five adults working with clippers and gloves near rock mound
October 2, 2020
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Meet the Friends of Blue Mounds State Park

When Blue Mounds State Park’s lost its swimming lake to a flood in June 2014, there was robust debate about whether to rebuild the dam that created the lake. The ultimate decision to not rebuild led to the formation of a citizen advisory group in 2017. Their goal: plan the park’s new future.
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hikers stand and rest while physical distancing
October 1, 2020
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Friends Group Update from the DNR

A note from Ashley Pethan (Friends Group Coordinator, P&TC) You may remember that Arielle Courtney, the DNR's central point person for friends groups, went on parenthood leave starting in March. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl to the family and have been adjusting ...
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September 25, 2020
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“The Maple Leaf” Fall 2020

From Friends of Maplewood State Park In This Issue COVID update History of the friends group Manager update Candlelight event recap Annual meeting cancellation notice Photo: Alison Christensen / P&TC photo contest Click to read full newsletter Go to friends' main page
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September 22, 2020
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Youth Field Trips

Details Hear from four different friends groups about their experiences with coordinating youth field trips at parks and trails. More Webinar Recordings
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September 16, 2020
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Citizen Science

Details Hear from Andrea Laurek Strauss with UofM Extension about what citizen science is, why it's important, and how you can become a citizen scientist! Organized by Whitewater State Park and Friends of Whitewater State Park More Webinar Recordings
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Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass
September 14, 2020
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GBCTA Member Update

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association Member Update: September 12, 2020 Fall on the trail is a soul-soothing experience. As summer fades away, we hope you continue to spend time on the trail taking in the hues of gold and red and the last of ...
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Bicyclist on paved trail approaching a bridge
September 14, 2020
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GBCTA Seeks Two Board Officers: Webmaster and Newsletter Editor

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association The GBCTA is looking for trail-enthusiasts willing to share their talents and time fulfilling key roles within the board. We are currently seeking a Webmaster and incoming Editor in Training for the chapter newsletter. Find the descriptions and responsibilities ...
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nature play area feature
September 3, 2020
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Exploring the Nature Play Areas at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods After participating in P&TC's webinar about nature play areas, Ernie with the Friends of Chester Woods decided to put together a video that highlights the nature play areas at Chester Woods Park. Tune in to the video below to learn ...
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Bike along the trail
September 1, 2020
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Trail group continues steadfast support amidst pandemic, refreshes logo

Meet the Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association Recently, the friends group played a crucial role in helping to advocate for funding needed to design, engineer, and pave (most) of a five-mile section of the Casey Jones State Trail. This new segment of ...
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Man fishing on dock with sunrise peeking over lake
August 31, 2020
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Friends of Lake Shetek Newsletter – August 2020

From Friends of Lake Shetek State Park In This Issue Become a member 14th Annual Pumpkin Festival Recent projects Friends group workshop Photo: Peggy Hubley/P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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August 26, 2020
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Nature Play Areas

Details Learn about Nature Play Areas from Stacy Smith with DNR Parks and Trails. Hear from Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park about their experience, helping to plan, design, and construct a nature play area at their park. More Webinar Recordings
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Rock strewn across lake at the headewaters
August 24, 2020
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Shoreline restoration project planned for Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca State Park

The work will restore the original river channel width and stabilize the streambank at the headwaters site. The project is designed to minimize closure time to accommodate park visitors. Work will begin early October after the peak tourism season. Access to the site will be restricted for a five-day period.
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cover of newsletter shows two bicyclists
August 17, 2020
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Special Places Newsletter – Summer 2020

E.D. Letter | Board member reflection | Frontenac State Park Project | Legislative Session Recap | Outdoors news briefs | In memory of a park manager | Photo Contest & Scavenger Hunts | Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail
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