We invite YOU to join us!
Want to get more involved with the Friends of Tettegouche? We invite you to join the program committee. We work together to plan events, activities and projects that further our mission. Past/Current examples include Summer Scavenger Hunts, the Nature Play Area, Tree planting / habitat restoration and summer concerts.
Whether you can help with one project or all of them, you are invited to join us. We do not expect members to help in every event/activity that is planned, but hope you will share your ideas, passion and efforts as time allows. As a committee member you’ll have the opportunity to help us envision, plan and execute our goals for the year. We work with the Board of Directors and Tettegouche Staff to ensure our plans fit with the overall mission and budget.
To sign up, simply fill out the form below. A committee chair(s) will contact you with upcoming meeting dates and details.
Events for 2023
Tettegouche State Parks features an artist’s work in the visitor center each month. An artist reception is held the first Friday of the month. At this reception, the artist introduces their work at a public reception. The Friends of Tettegouche provide and serve refreshments. The committee will coordinate the reception with Tettegouche staff, help with promotions, plan, purchase and coordinate volunteers to serve the refreshments.
This year the Friends will be participating in the St. Urho’s Day Parade in Finland on March 18th. We will march with our Friends Banner and hand out park maps and brochures to people attending the parade.
The Friends of Tettegouche sponsor a outdoor concert featuring local talent. The concerts will be held on one Friday or Saturday evening during the months of June, July, August, and September. We typically provide free s’mores before the concert. FTSP is responsible for booking the talent, coordinating the event with Tettegouche Staff, promotions, making/serving the s’mores and introducing the band at the event.
We are in the process of building a Nature Play Area adjacent to the High Falls parking lot. While most of the planning has been completed, we welcome anyone who’d like to help us build it. There are obstacles to build, materials to gather, paths to make, etc. For more details, click here.
The Leave No Trace Teams sponsored by Subaru provide outreach programs to teach the public about Leave No Trace principals. FTSP will coordinate and plan the event with the Subaru Team and Tettegouche Staff. They will also do the promotions and find/coordinate any volunteers needed for the program/booth at the park.
In past years, the Friends of Tettegouche has had a booth at Bay Days in Silver Bay. At the booth, we provide information on the Friends organization, promote our upcoming events/programs at the park and try to have a fun activity for kids/family. This year, the Friends are planning on participating in the parade instead of having a booth. If you would like to be in the parade, handing out candy to kids, and brochures and maps to adults, sign up for this event.
We have sponsored both a one-day in-person scavenger hunt (typically during Free Park day in the spring) and a summer-long event co-sponsored by Parks & Trails Council of MN. For the one-day event, we simply provide a list of things to find, volunteers hand out the list, the participants bring it back when completed and volunteers give out a prize. The summer long event involves creating posters with QR codes at trail entrances. Committee members will purchase prize(s) and publicize winners online and in local papers.
This will be a new event for FTSP. Committee members will decide how the contest will be run – age/experience divisions, how long, find judges to pick winners, coordinate an art show of winners photos with Tettegouche staff, purchase and distribute any prizes, etc.
This event will be modeled after the WinterFest event held in 2023. It will be held in February 2024. There will be outdoor events, such as naturalist-guided snowshoe walk, speaker/presentation, s’mores at the fireplace behind visitor center, outdoor games/crafts, indoor storytime and art activity, live music and refreshments in the lobby. Committee members will plan and coordinate event with Tettegouche staff, find musicians, plan refreshments and obtain food donations, determine indoor and outdoor activities, promote and run the event with the aid of additional volunteers.
Small groups would be set-up that would adopt a trail and provide minor maintenance; report trail conditions and provide roving interpretation. Park Staff will train volunteers on roving interpretation duties and decide on the trail segments to be monitored; FTSP helps with administration of volunteer groups; promotes and helps find volunteers to act as trail adoptees and roving interpreters.