prairie grass
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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Snowy Itasca State Park by Jelieta Walinski Ph.D
November 9, 2018
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Celebrate the Mill Towns Trail Groundbreaking

The next phase of construction on the Mill Towns Trail will begin soon. Come join trail supporters on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4pm to celebrate the groundbreaking. The event will be held at the White Sands Trailhead at 900 Lyndale Ave. N in Faribault.

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A kid peddles away on his bike
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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October 25, 2018
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Volunteers Complete Oak Savanna Habitat Restoration Project at Frontenac State Park

The Frontenac State Park Association has finished their project that intends to restore habitat in sections of the park with oak savanna. On a misty morning in October, volunteers planted the final nine trees.
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
October 19, 2018
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Another Successful Otter Trotter 5k at Wild River State Park

The Friends of Wild River State Park held its 7th Annual Otter Trotter 5K on Saturday, October 13, thanks to the help of volunteers and park staff.
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October 11, 2018
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2018 Fall Newsletter

Inside this issue: Final piece of trail acquired for Great River Ridge State Trail Land transferred to Sibley State Park Tiny, mighty native bees 600 miles inventoried on state trails Remembering Tom Dwight Year-round camper cabins Friends of Tettegouche State Park

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Fall 2018 newsletter cover
October 11, 2018
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Meet the Friends of Tettegouche State Park

Build a new visitor center and they will come... or so it worked for Tettegouche State Park, whose new center opened in summer 2014. So many came and so many new programming opportunities arose that some of the regular volunteers in the park started to wonder if the park could use a formal Friends Group.
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October 3, 2018
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Color Me Fall Event at Bertram Chain of Lakes Park

A fun, fall event took place last weekend at Bertram Chain of Lakes Park with family-friendly activities like hay rides, fall crafts, archery, s'more-making, and more!
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September 12, 2018
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Parks & Trails Council purchases the final piece for the Great River Ridge State Trail

For years, local and state trail champions having been working to extend the Great River Ridge State Trail to its final destination in Eyota. On Tuesday, the nonprofit Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC) announced an important step toward that goal as they purchased the final mile and a half of abandoned railroad corridor that runs from County Highway 9 to US Highway 14.
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Great River Ridge State Trail
September 7, 2018
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#ResearchBike Trail No. 11 – Central Lakes State Trail

Photos from Trail No. 11 - Central Lakes State Trail for our #ResearchBike
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Parks & Trails Council's Research Bike
August 30, 2018
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Meet Friends of Zippel Bay State Park

Originally organized as a cross-country ski club, this group is currently expanding its mission to support the park in all seasons.
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August 6, 2018
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Meet the Minnesota Trail Riders Association

MTRA uses membership dollars and donations to provide financial assistance to local, county and state parks in Minnesota that allow equestrian use in their parks.
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August 1, 2018
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State Park digital maps now track you on the trail

Getting away from it all and traveling down a remote trail in the woods has all the makings for a great adventure. Unless of course you get lost. If you or someone you know is at all uneasy about this possibility, you may be interested …

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Person holding a GeoPDF showing their location (blue dot) at Itasca headwaters
July 31, 2018
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#ResearchBike adventure underway

Collecting data on the condition of all the paved state trails in Minnesota Have you ever thought about biking all 600 miles of the paved state trails in Minnesota? Well, that’s what our intern, Karl, is doing this summer. And you can follow his journey, …

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Parks & Trails Council's Research Bike
July 30, 2018
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Keeping Our River Clean – Annual St. Croix River Cleanup

The Friends of Wild River State Park has an annual summer tradition of gathering to canoe down part of the river—from Sunrise Landing to Wild River State Park Landing—to clean up any trash found along the way.
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