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.

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.

Feb
2
Sat
Candlelight Event
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Here we are about halfway through the winter, and so far, so good, though it would really be nice to have some snow! At Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, park staff and the Friends group are getting ready for the Candlelight Event to be held Saturday February 2, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Fight cabin fever by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing along 3+ miles of lighted trails. Lengths vary to accommodate different age/ability levels. Enjoy the outdoors after dark and listen for the barred owls and other night sounds.
To make best use of our parking, we suggest that families with children come earlier, and adults come later, within the timeframe. This has been working very well.
Details can be found at the park website, and soon on the Friends website and facebook page.
We need volunteers for this event to be successful. There are 2 opportunities for you to help out- please consider!
 
1. Wednesday January 30th from 10 am until noon, we will have a work session to assemble candlearia and other tasks as needed. Please just show up at the park office at 10 if you can help. From there we will head to the shop, and should be finished in about an hour.
2. We will need numerous volunteers on the day of the event, February 2nd, to help with parking, directing participants to the trails, lighting candlearia, cleanup, and other tasks. I’m forwarding an email from park staff with more details. Please respond to park staff as directed in that email.
Thank you- hope to see you there!
Apr
20
Sat
Wildflower Walks
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

Apr
21
Sun
Wildflower Walks
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

Apr
27
Sat
Wildflower Walks
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

Apr
28
Sun
Wildflower Walks
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

May
4
Sat
Wildflower Walks
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

May
5
Sun
Wildflower Walks
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

May
11
Sat
Wildflower Walks
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.

May
12
Sun
Wildflower Walks
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us each weekend for self-guided wildflower strolls down the boardwalk to Hidden Falls. Wildflower Ambassadors will be available along the trail from 10 am – 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays to help point out wildflowers, including the federally endangered Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily.