Our 2018 summer projects include:
Members along with a number of local businesses sell tickets with three winners drawn at our annual meeting in the fall. Prizes include a stay in a Park cabin, dining at Douglas Lodge, boat tours on the Chester Charles, Park annual permits. In past years, we have raised approximately $3000 each raffle.
Ice cream socials:
Members of our group serve ice cream at selected activities and events presented by the Park staff. This year we are planning this fundraising effort at 8-10 Park events.
Deer cage grant:
The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota has awarded our group a $5,000 grant for a tree planting initiative that would provide wire cages to protect up to 800 planted trees.
Dark Sky application:
A Friends committee is currently conducting an outdoor lighting inventory of the Park and we hope to complete an application to become designated with the International Dark Sky Association.
Referencing CCC photos from the drier period of the 30’s, the original river channel at the headwaters was narrower and not eroded. A DNR scientist along with the SHIP group are developing a restoration plan for the area. Our group would participate in this project with both money and an in-kind contribution.
Our 2018 annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 29. In the past, we include a nature walk, raffle drawing, and guest speaker. Last year featured Dr. Marla Spivak from the University of Minnesota Honey Bee Lab. In the past, speakers include climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley and phenology guru, John Latimer.