We Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park invite you to join us in our activities.  Check here often for future activities and opportunities for volunteering.

Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park T-Shirts available! See this Poster for details.

Friends Annual Membership Meeting
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Business meeting of Friends Group members, to elect new board members and other business as needed.

2018 Big Woods Gathering
Sep 23 @ 4:30 pm

2018 BIG WOODS GATHERING- open to the public

4:30 pm Dedication of Nature Play area

Come see! Park staff and the Friends Group worked together to design and build this popular new addition to the park.

5:00 pm Talk

Matthew Meyer, of Old Soul Honey, will speak about honeybees and native bees. Learn about their life cycles, the current status of bee populations and what we can do to help. You’ll enjoy this entertaining program filled with interesting facts. 

Following the talk

Join us for a supper of delicious, locally made hot dogs and fixings. Feel free to bring a dish to pass if you like, but this is not required.

Seed Collection
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Volunteers are needed on Saturday October 6th, from 1 to 3 pm for prairie seed collection. Help collect seeds at the park’s beautiful prairie for further restoration efforts. We will meet at the park office and carpool to the prairie, which has limited parking. A park sticker or day pass are needed and can be purchased at the park office. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended. Gloves and long sleeve shirt might be desirable as well. If possible, bring a flower snip or small pruning shear to cut off seed heads. Training will be provided. Family-friendly, but not suitable for very young children. Will be cancelled in case of rain.