Events

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.

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Sep
22
Sun
Membership Meeting
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annual membership meeting that will take place prior to the Gathering, at 4 pm at the park.

This brief meeting is required by our bylaws, and at it we will elect board members and review the previous year’s finances and accomplishments. 
Big Woods Gathering
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
We are very excited to have Al Batt, writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist speaking at our annual Big Woods Gathering, to be held Sunday, September 22 at 5 pm at the park. Al is from Hartland, MN and writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, “A Life Gone to the Birds.” He is a columnist for “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and writes for a number of magazines and books. Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received numerous awards for birding and wildlife conservation. 
Following the talk, at about 6 pm, the Friends are hosting a meal of the famous Nerstrand Meat Market hot dogs, with cider, chips, and cookies. You may bring a dish to share, but it’s not required. There is no charge for the meal, but donations are always welcome. 
Our beautiful 2020 Calendar featuring photo contest winners will be available for purchase for $10.00. Proceeds of this fundraiser will be used for future projects and events. 
Nov
7
Thu
Campsite tent pad work day
Nov 7 all-day
The friends of the park group is working on a project. Due to the rainy weather this year, many of the campsite tent pads are badly in need of pea rock, and it’s not in the park’s budget. So we are buying some and now need help putting it in place. Tasks will include installing landscape fabric, and shoveling and raking the rock.
if you’re interested in helping out, please let me know your availability this Friday, 11/7 and Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next week, the 12th, 13th or 14th. Once I know days and times people can help, I’ll set up work days and get back to you. Help us make sure that people who stay at the park enjoy a positive and dry outdoor experience!
Nov
12
Tue
Campsite tent pad work day
Nov 12 all-day
The friends of the park group is working on a project. Due to the rainy weather this year, many of the campsite tent pads are badly in need of pea rock, and it’s not in the park’s budget. So we are buying some and now need help putting it in place. Tasks will include installing landscape fabric, and shoveling and raking the rock.
if you’re interested in helping out, please let me know your availability this Friday, 11/7 and Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next week, the 12th, 13th or 14th. Once I know days and times people can help, I’ll set up work days and get back to you. Help us make sure that people who stay at the park enjoy a positive and dry outdoor experience!
Nov
13
Wed
Campsite tent pad work day
Nov 13 all-day
The friends of the park group is working on a project. Due to the rainy weather this year, many of the campsite tent pads are badly in need of pea rock, and it’s not in the park’s budget. So we are buying some and now need help putting it in place. Tasks will include installing landscape fabric, and shoveling and raking the rock.
if you’re interested in helping out, please let me know your availability this Friday, 11/7 and Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next week, the 12th, 13th or 14th. Once I know days and times people can help, I’ll set up work days and get back to you. Help us make sure that people who stay at the park enjoy a positive and dry outdoor experience!
Nov
14
Thu
Campsite tent pad work day
Nov 14 all-day
The friends of the park group is working on a project. Due to the rainy weather this year, many of the campsite tent pads are badly in need of pea rock, and it’s not in the park’s budget. So we are buying some and now need help putting it in place. Tasks will include installing landscape fabric, and shoveling and raking the rock.
if you’re interested in helping out, please let me know your availability this Friday, 11/7 and Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday next week, the 12th, 13th or 14th. Once I know days and times people can help, I’ll set up work days and get back to you. Help us make sure that people who stay at the park enjoy a positive and dry outdoor experience!
Feb
1
Sat
Candlelight Event
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The date has been set for the annual candlelight event, and volunteers are needed for such tasks  such as setting out luminaries, lighting and re-lighting candles, tending to the bonfire, passing out refreshments, traffic control, and event clean-up. If you want to help with this, please see the graphic below.