Minnesota State Park Naturalist Programs 2011
$2100000 the first year is for acquisition of land adjacent to LaSalle Lake in Hubbard County for a state recreation area.
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.
Interpretive programs reached 266 403 visitors in 2010 and 216 840 in 2011. Lower numbers were due to a state government shutdown that closed parks from July 1-21 typically the busiest weeks for interpretation. However Legacy-funded Naturalist Corps seasonal and permanent interpretive positions reached a total of 98 272 visitors in 2011 that may not have been reached without the additional staff.
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.
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.