by Howard Lestrud, ECM Online Managing Editor   We native Minnesotans have many images of our North Star state and one that is right at the top of my list is the Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior. To me, it is one of the most beautiful of Minnesota historical sites that we have.  
Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!   Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji are hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning February 1 and running through April 12, 2010.  
  If you could enjoy just one cross-country skiing opportunity in each of Minnesota’s state parks every weekend, it would take you almost two years to complete those visits! With over 470 miles of designated ski trails, plus another 54 skate & ski routes, X-C skiers, from novice to Olympians can enjoy Minnesota’s fabulous parklands throughout winter. Nearly 100 miles of those state park...
  By Dave Simpkins, Trails Editor/Publisher   We know children love nature. We also know they love technology.
  By Rob Kesserlring- Outdoor Writer   It is difficult to imagine anything better than the amber glow thrown from a setting August sun, a gentle ripple on a sparkling lake, and the happy camaraderie of canoeists reveling in the pleasures of BWCA in mid-summer. But a growing cadre of hardy individuals refuses to equate the camping season with the summer season. They have discovered the special...
Dave Palmquist, second from the left, a park ranger at Whitewater State Park, explains how the Skunk Hollow cave was formed Saturday during a cave tour which was open to the public. Rory O’Driscoll/Winona Daily News   By Jessica Larsen- December 6, 2009   
  By Dennis Lien- November 24,2009   The new state parks gift card features the state s highest waterfall, the High Falls at Grand Portage State Park. Minnesota shoppers just got another gift option — one set up to help the state parks system.  
Submitted by Matt McMillan on November 19, 2009   As Minnesotans know, winter offers a unique way to play, and the 2009-10 edition of the Minnesota State Parks Programs & Special Events catalog is now available to help families plan their winter outings.  
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A press release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:Following a busy summer season during which the number of occupied campsites increased 9 percent over 2008, business continues to boom at Minnesota state parks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).A report released this week shows vehicle permit sales for September2009 were the highest on record, with...



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