Minnesota State Park Naturalist Programs 2010

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Start Date
May 2010
End Date
December 2010
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 3 Sec. 2 (1)
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Increase participation in interpretive programs by 50 000 people with the added support from our Naturalist Corps the 80% year-round naturalists and seasonal naturalists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Since the addition of the Naturalist Corps 80% year-round naturalists and seasonal naturalists in spring 2010 overall program attendance rates have increased by 21% from 219 675 in 2009 to 266 403 in 2010.

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
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
Zip Code
(651) 259-5578