prairie grass
Kids sit along the rocks by the path
May 6, 2019
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2019 Events with Friends of Bertram

From Friends of Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park Check out some of the exciting events happening this year! The Friends of Bertram puts together some of their own events and also supports some other events put on at the park. Open House with Membership ...
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My husband and son on a bike trip. They started out in Itasca State Park, then biked on to the Mi-Gi-Zi, Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails and into Minneapolis.
April 25, 2019
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Engineering Study Slated for Heartland Trail Spur

Our Friends Group Partner, the Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee, has been advocating for the development of a trail connecting the Heartland State Trail into Itasca State Park.Read about their progress in The Park Rapids Enterprise April 24 article:"Engineering study slated for Heartland Trail Spur"
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photographer and horseback riders
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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April 15, 2019
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2019 Events at Anderson Park: Bird Hike, Plant Exchange, Fall Festival

From Friends of Anderson Park Anderson Park is a haven for migratory birds. This area has the highest concentration of species of special concern in the Isanti County. Spring Bird Hike Saturday, May 11; 7:30am-9:30am Join two local birding experts for a hike in the ...
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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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Winter wonderland with a deer on the trail
April 9, 2019
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Fat bikes and groomed winter trails at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods Are you a fan of fat biking on winter trails? New this winter at Chester Woods Park, friends members were able to pack about 11 miles of multi-use winter trails! Of those, about 8 miles have also been specially groomed ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
April 9, 2019
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Friends of Scandia 2019 Spring Speaker Series

From Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails announces its spring 2019 season of speakers. Events are open to the public. For more information contact Janie O'Connor (651) 481-3152 or friendsscandiaparks@gmail.com. Friends of Scandia members Building Resiliency to Climate Change ...
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April 2, 2019
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Minnesota bids farewell to Conservation Pioneer

Martin Kellogg quietly helped create Voyageurs National Park, Grand Portage State Park and numerous environmental organizations, dead at 88
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Families walk through the forest on a paved trail
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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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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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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Group of 50+ people grouped around table with Park & Trails Council logo
March 28, 2019
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2019 Day on the Hill Recap

We had a great day as supporters from all around the state gathered for our annual Day on the Hill event on March 27. Minnesota State Parks and Trails budget is a primary concern for this year's legislative session. Additionally, we continue to advocate that ...
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
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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Campers settling in at new campground at Lake Vermilion
March 5, 2019
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Lake Vermilion: park development

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryBill Funding AmountStatus$9.5 millionFully funds P&TC's recommendation, but is designated for the development of an OHV campground, which we oppose. 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF ...
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Native yellow sunflowers in a field
March 5, 2019
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Regional and Local Grants

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$1 million$2 million short of P&TC’s recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 654: Local recreation grants funding provided, and money appropriated. SF ...
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