Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

$25,734 raised by 256 donors

100% complete

$22,000 Goal

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.

Your donation will be DOUBLED
if you donate here during Nov. 1 - Nov. 18, 2021

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 $22,000 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 2021 matching fund

Dick Brainerd   |  Louise Fester  |  Diane Moe in memory of John Eric Moe  |   Gail Fiskewold  |  Chris Howard

Bob Nesheim & Marlys Johnson

Recent Land Projects

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Saving a rare, forested peninsula

Forested peninsula protected for Lake Shetek SP


  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.




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.

Securing the last private land along Lake 21

Sunset over Lake 21 from the group campsite looking toward land we adde

 TIMELINE:   2017 - 2020

  ACRES:        15.8

  LOCATION:  Along northern tip of Lake 21

  VALUE:       $222,705

  PARTNER:   Sibley State Park Improvement Association

With community support, this lake remains a pristine, natural place. By partnering with the volunteers from the park association, we were able to remove years of debris and aging buildings and restore the land.


Expanding the park with an awe-inspiring blufftop view    

Enjoying the view from atop the land in 2017 shortly after P&TC purchased the land.

  TIMELINE:    2017-2020

  ACRES:          159

  LOCATION:    SW of park entrance

  VALUE:           $885,163 

  PARTNER:       Frontenac State Park Association

We are proud to have played a pivotal role in bringing this land into the park. This land is now part of our shared natural heritage and as the park develops trails, we are certain it will soon become a place full of beloved outdoor memories.

Your support protects parks and trails for future generations.

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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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