Twin Cities Metro Area State Parks
Minnesota has state parks in the heart of the city such as Fort Snelling with nearly 3,000 acres offering extensive hiking, biking and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. If your looking for camping near the twin cities then you can check out any number of areas. Interstate offers a beautiful view of the St. Croix River and Dalles. If your feeling adventurous you can canoe or kayak down the St. Croix River to get a great view of the forests and cliffs.
When visiting some of the state parks you can view an interpretive center as well as attend a class about nature from a park naturalist. Different activities are offered for children at the different state parks, to learn more about each state park click on a particular state park or click on Parks to learn more about all of them.
2007 Minnesota State Park Calendar
More than 300 species of birds nest in or migrate through Minnesota state parks. From eared grebes to great egrets, from woodcock to warblers, state parks offer diverse habitats that provide great birding throughout the year. The recovery of the peregrine falcon and trumpeter swan in Minnesota are two examples of the state's wildlife success stories. The 2007 Minnesota State Park Calendar includes stunning photographs of many of these winged visitors.
The calendar, which sells for $9.95 is available online. Proceeds from the calendar sales help fund resource management efforts such as bird species inventories and development of bird lists in state parks, and other resource management and outdoor information programs.
Park Partners Volunteer Program
If you are interested in lending a hand to help Minnesota State Parks, you're invited to become a Park Partner. Patterned after the Adopt-a-Park idea, Park Partners is designed to encourage businesses, civic groups and individuals to volunteer their time to improve and maintain state parks, monuments, historic sites and trails.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Park Partners program, click the volunteer link.
Basic park fees include the annual sticker, special annual permit (for people with disabilities), day use sticker, and camping fees.
Minnesota state parks benefit visitors, communities, the economy and the environment. Benefits to visitors include opportunities for recreation plus places to go to experience solitude, enjoy the natural environment, learn about nature and relax. Communities gain a sense of community pride, a better understanding of their natural environment and a greater sense that they are a special place to live and work. The economy benefits from visitor spending in local communities, employment opportunities, and economic growth generated by state parks. The environment benefits from the species diversity and ecosystem health associated with protection of the myriad natural resources found within state parks.
Become A Campground Host
From May through September, the campground host volunteer serves as a "live in" host at a state park or state forest campground for at least a four-week period. A host's primary responsibility is to assist campers by answering questions and explaining rules that apply to them in a cheerful and helpful manner. Volunteers should be familiar with state park and forest campground rules and the reasoning behind them.
Applications will be accepted all summer but must be received at least 30 days in advance of the time you wish to serve as a host. Please send completed applications to the park manager or area forester whose address is listed with the information.