Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

$24,801 raised by 212 donors

100% complete

$23,000 Goal

2022 Give to the Max

Your donation will be DOUBLED
if you donate here during Nov. 1 - Nov. 17, 2022

Your support is critical to keeping Minnesota's parks and trails protected. When you donate anytime in November until Give to the Max Day, your gift will be matched up to $23,000 by a group of generous supporters who care deeply about our mission and want to help inspire your generous support! Together, we can make a big difference in protecting the legacy of parks and trails in Minnesota!

Thank you to this group of supporters who created the 2022 matching fund

Dick Brainerd  |  Tharangi & Milo Cumarantunge  |  Bob Erickson  |  Louise Fester  |  Gail Fiskewold  |  Chris Howard  |  Maureen Reed  |  Peter Seed

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a member-supported nonprofit that has worked vigorously since 1954, to acquire, protect and enhance our state's most special places.

Let's build an outdoor future for all!

  • Save critical land for parks and trails

    With community support, Parks & Trails Council responds efficiently to secure critical land for parks and trails before it's sold off and lost.

  • Give legislative voice to places without one

    Special outdoor places need people to give them a voice at the state capitol. Together, we can advocate for robust investments and policies to protect these outdoor places.

  • Foster a community of caretakers

    Volunteers are vital to Minnesota's parks and trails. Let's bring people together to care for, promote and welcome everyone to benefit from these special places.

Recent Land Projects

see all our land projects and more at

William O'Brien State Park

Adding an old farm to secure western border and route for Gateway State Trail

TIMELINE: 2021 (acquired) - TBD (conveyed)

  ACRES: 60

  LOCATION: Along the western boundary

  VALUE: $845,000

This was the final parcel that Parks & Trails Council has been working to acquired from one land owner over the last two decades. Housing developers were eyeing this area, so P&TC acted quickly each time, to secure it for the park. This property also provides a preferred route for the Gateway State Trail to traverse the state park.

Lake Shetek State Park

Saving a rare, forested peninsula that had been a Boy Scout camp

Forested peninsula protected for Lake Shetek SP

 TIMELINE: 2020 (secured), 2022 (acquired), TBD (conveyed)

  ACRES: 24.5

  LOCATION: Peninsula along eastern shore of Lake Shetek (within the park boundaries)

  VALUE: $1.85 million

This land represented the last large-tract of tree-covered shoreline along popular Lake Shetek. It is owned by the Boy Scouts Sioux Council, which operated a camp here for decades.


Extending the trail along scenic river blufflands

Terminus of trail at gravel road near Hay Creek, Minn.


TIMELINE: 2020 (acquired) - TBD (conveyed)


LOCATION: At trail terminus in city of Hay Creek

VALUE: $452,570

Through this property, the trail corridor runs along the base of a bluff with exposed rock outcrops, making for some scenic views for the planned trail extension.

Your support protects parks and trails for future generations.

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Organization name

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota

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Environment Health Community


275 East Fourth St Suite 250
St. Paul, MN 55101



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