Help the Friends in more ways
Inquires about volunteering start with park staff and can include a sit-down meeting with the Minneopa Area Naturalist to discuss opportunities to help out. You can volunteer for a specific project or more of a long term basis.
For those wanting to volunteer beyond just a one time, a background check will need to be conducted by the MN DNR. Both Bison Ambassadors and the Invasive Species team go through training conducted by park staff. Park staff is also interested in hearing what ideas you might have for volunteering which could include picking up litter, conducting an interpretive program or collecting data on plant and animals species.
Please contact Scott to inquire about volunteering
Volunteers interact with the public by answering questions regarding the bison and providing tips for safe viewing of North America’s largest mammal. Bison Ambassadors work 2 to 3 hour shifts on
weekends from April through October. Most of their time is spent at the Seppmann Mill overlook.
Invasive Species Team
To help park staff combat invasive plant species, volunteers work on their own hiking around Minneopa State Park. Their job is to identify, mark and remove any invasive plant species and in particular those that cause the most problems. Both equipment and training will be provided.
Prairie and Oak Savanna resource work is key to managing the natural environment of Minneopa State Park. Volunteers assist with removing and treating woody vegetation that take over native prairie and oak savanna areas. This is done by both individuals and as a group effort. Each year park staff and volunteers also collect, clean and spread native prairie seed.
Natural Resource Work
Become part of the Friends
By becoming a member of the Friends of Minneopa allows you to help out with a variety of programs and projects at the state park. This can include assisting with special events like Winter Fest and Harvest Fest along with an annual Bird Count and Bird Banding. The Friends group also helps with resource work and trail building.