Minnesota State Park Naturalist Programs

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$270,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$270,000
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$270,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Increase participation in interpretive programs by 50 000 people with the added support of Naturalist Corps year-round naturalists and seasonal naturalists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Program attendance is reported on a calendar year basis. Check back in early 2014 for an update.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$270,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Increase participation in interpretive programs by 50 000 people with the added support of Naturalist Corps year-round naturalists and seasonal naturalists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

With the addition of Legacy-funded interpretive staff overall program attendance has increased by 23% from 219 675 visitors in 2009 to 285 620 visitors in 2012. Legacy-funded staff included 33 Naturalist Corps 6 seasonal interpretive naturalists and 9 permanent interpretive naturalists who provided engaging programming to 138 827 of the total visitors in 2012.

Project Overview

The new Minnesota Naturalist Corps, year-round naturalists and seasonal naturalists will be added at the busiest seasonal parks and trails to expand conservation education programming and increase overall attendance at interpretive programs. The Minnesota Naturalist Corps will offer more interpretive programs as directed by new legislative guidelines.

About the Issue

Market research studies in 2007 revealed that the target market for potential park and trail users would visit state parks and trails if there were programs for their children. The new Minnesota Naturalist Corps has produced 30 new seasonal training positions for aspiring natural resource professionals who want to share their passion for the outdoors with key audiences and youth.

Project Manager
First Name
Pat
Last Name
Arndt
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul, MN
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5578
Email
patricia.arndt@state.mn.us