Friends

More than 400,000 people visit Fort Snelling State Park every year. For residents of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, it’s a quick trip to nearly 3,000 acres with an abundance of natural areas and wildlife ranging from deer to eagles. The visitor center, opened in 1997, has year-round naturalist programs. Historic Fort Snelling sits on the bluff above the confluence of the Minnesota and...
  The Whitewater Country Loop Trail As Minnesota’s world-class system of trails continues to grow, more and more communities are being connected to each other and to our state park system. In southern Minnesota, a spectacular new loop trail is rapidly becoming a reality. We recently asked one of the trail’s leading advocates, Jeff St. Mane, to give us a quick update. Tell us about the Whitewater...
  Friends of the Jackson County Trails Interview by Linda Picone The active core of Friends of the Jackson County Trails has doubled since it began in 1998—from about five people to 10 or more. As with many Friends groups around Minnesota, the number of people involved matters less than the vision, dedication and persistence. “We’re pretty informal and we don’t have a budget,” says Wilma Pell,...