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.

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

Apr
28
Sat
Wildflower Hike with a Roving Naturalist
Apr 28 all-day

We hope to have 3 shifts each day, beginning at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. We would like to have 2 naturalists each shift. Volunteers please contact Bradley Frazier at Bradley.frazier@state.mn.us, so that he can schedule you.

Apr
29
Sun
Wildflower Hike with a Roving Naturalist
Apr 29 all-day

We hope to have 3 shifts each day, beginning at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. We would like to have 2 naturalists each shift. Volunteers please contact Bradley Frazier at Bradley.frazier@state.mn.us, so that he can schedule you.

May
5
Sat
Wildflower Hike with a Roving Naturalist
May 5 all-day

We hope to have 3 shifts each day, beginning at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. We would like to have 2 naturalists each shift. Volunteers please contact Bradley Frazier at Bradley.frazier@state.mn.us, so that he can schedule you.

May
6
Sun
Wildflower Hike with a Roving Naturalist
May 6 all-day

We hope to have 3 shifts each day, beginning at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. We would like to have 2 naturalists each shift. Volunteers please contact Bradley Frazier at Bradley.frazier@state.mn.us, so that he can schedule you.

May
12
Sat
Wildflower Hike with a Roving Naturalist
May 12 all-day

We hope to have 3 shifts each day, beginning at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. We would like to have 2 naturalists each shift. Volunteers please contact Bradley Frazier at Bradley.frazier@state.mn.us, so that he can schedule you.

May
13
Sun
Wildflower Hike with a Roving Naturalist
May 13 all-day

We hope to have 3 shifts each day, beginning at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. We would like to have 2 naturalists each shift. Volunteers please contact Bradley Frazier at Bradley.frazier@state.mn.us, so that he can schedule you.

May
15
Tue
Installation of the Nature Playground – Work Day
May 15 @ 9:00 am

Please sign up by calling the park office at 507-384-6140.  Meet at the Park office at 9:00 am. Lunch will be provided.

 

If rain on the 15th, will be moved to Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May
22
Tue
Installation of the Nature Playground – Work Day
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please sign up by calling the park office at 507-384-6140.  Meet at the Park office at 9:00 am. Lunch will be provided.

May
23
Wed
Installation of the Nature Playground – Work Day
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please sign up by calling the park office at 507-384-6140.  Meet at the Park office at 9:00 am. Lunch will be provided.

Jun
27
Wed
Brush Maintenance
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Volunteers greatly needed June 27 from 9 am until 12 noon for brush maintenance. Please contact Bradley Frazier at bradley.frazier@state.mn.us or call the park office at 507-384-6140 if interested in helping. Bring gloves, a hopper if you have one, and wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants.

Sep
23
Sun
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.

Oct
6
Sat
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.

Oct
16
Tue
Tree Planting
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We need volunteers to help with tree planting October 16 from 9:00 am until noon.

Nov
7
Wed
Seeding the Grant Project
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will be seeding the grant project area on Wednesday Nov 7th, from approximately 9 am to noon. Come help if you can, it probably won’t take long (but that’s what we thought about the trees…) Work off your election hangover!

Help is needed to spread seeds in the worked up ground near the picnic area. When finished, this area will contain native flowers and grasses giving visitors a chance to see them and their pollinators at work. The restoration project is funded by a grant from Parks & Trails Council of MN. In case of significant rain (or snow), we will select an alternate date.