prairie grass
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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bird silhouette
October 14, 2019
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Volunteers Needed to Clean Bird Houses

From Lake Wobegon Trails Association Would you like to enjoy the last of the fall days outside on the Lake Wobegon Trail? Stearns County Parks could use your help! Throughout the trail there are bluebird houses that need to be opened and cleaned out. Biking, ...
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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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group picture on bikes back at school
October 9, 2019
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Silver Bay Students Bike to Split Rock

From Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Gitchi-Gami Trail Association received a grant from Parks & Trails Council to partner with a local school for a bike field trip on a state trail and to a state park. Read the article in the Lake County News Chronicle October ...
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Group shot of 12 members outside holding award
October 8, 2019
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Lake Vermilion Trail Executive Director Search

From Lake Vermilion Trail Work Group The Lake Vermilion Trail Joint Powers Board is recruiting for a part-time Executive Director. Resumes must be received by October 31, 2019. See Position Description below. Interested applicants can email their resume to lvtinfo@yahoo.com or mail their resume to: ...
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People trail run
October 8, 2019
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Runners endured muddy trails at the Leaf Mountain Foot Race

From Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park hosted their 2nd Annual Leaf Mountain Foot Race on September 21, 2019. Thunderstorms passed through during the first loop of the race, but that didn't stop these hearty souls! Runners soldiered on ...
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Cover of newsletter
October 7, 2019
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Special Places Newsletter – Fall 2019

Inside this issue: Photo Contest Winners Community: Partnering on youth engagement Land Protection: Tettegouche geology Research: Cannon Valley Trail Count Community: Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park

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People touring Little Elk Preserve
October 3, 2019
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Rewards and challenges of being a parks and trails manager

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR Whenever I tell people I work for DNR Parks and Trails, I usually receive one of several reactions. The first reaction is usually delight at the idea of playing with frogs and butterflies all day, what a lucky person ...
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woman stands behind pile of volleyball sand
October 2, 2019
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Energizing the park with innovative ideas and community programs

Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park More often than not, cutting-edge ideas come from those outside the rank-and-file of an organization. This is part of the reason friends groups are such an asset for parks and trails. They bring a wealth of perspectives and energy ...
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September 23, 2019
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The Maple Leaf – Fall 2019 Newsletter

From Friends of Maplewood State Park In This Issue Leaf Days Events Recap Project Updates Membership Drive Ranger Report Photo: Alison Christensen / P&TC photo contest Click to download. Go to friends' main page
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September 20, 2019
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Annual Big Woods Gathering on Sep. 22

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Join Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park for their Annual Big Woods Gathering on Sunday, September 22, 2019. 5:00 PM: Talk by Al Batt, writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist Al Batt, of Hartland, MN writes humor ...
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September 20, 2019
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Fall 2019 Newsletter – Friends of Wild River

From Friends of Wild River State Park In This Issue Annual Otter Trotter 5k River Cleanup Candlelight Night Almelund Apple Festival Return of Seegwan Staff Updates Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Wild River State Park Click to view Go to friends' main page
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Aerial shot of bikers on trail
September 17, 2019
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Itasca-Heartland Trail Spur Receives Utke’s Support

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee The Heartland Trail Itasca Spur Citizen Committee is working with Sen. Utke to make a $10 million bonding request at the state legislature in 2020. Read the article in the Park Rapids Enterprise September 15 edition: "Itasca-Heartland Trail Spur ...
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Group walking on rocky area
September 17, 2019
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Meet the NorthStar Trail Travelers

From NorthStar Trail Travelers NorthStar Trail Travelers (NSTT) is a unique Folkssports club that holds walking and snowshoeing events primarily in Minnesota State Parks, trails, forests and recreation areas. Folkssports, which originated in Germany, are leisure-time activities for people of all ages, alone or in ...
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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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