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County-Wide Natural Resources

Dakota County Parks offers a variety of opportunities for groups and individuals wishing to share their talents and time volunteering in their county park system. If you enjoy working with people or have a passion for nature, Dakota County Parks is the place for you.

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4.27 - 10.31: Raingarden Stewards 1 4/28/2020 10/31/2020

Dakota Woods Dog Park

Dakota Woods Dog Park is a 16-acre, fenced, wooded park and a great place to let your dog run and exercise off leash. The park is centrally located in Dakota County, just east of Rosemount, MN. 

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Lake Byllesby Regional Park

Lake Byllesby Regional Park is nestled in the scenic Cannon River Valley on Lake Byllesby Reservoir, the largest lake in southern Dakota County. This beautiful park offers vast open space for a variety of year-round active sports or quiet recreation for company picnics, family reunions or other large and small group gatherings. And don't forget the lake, public access points allow you to enjoy the water as you take in the sheer cliff facings that are hundreds of years old or catch a glimpse of the Lake Byllesby Dam.

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5.05: Garlic Mustard Pull - LBRP 1 5/5/2020 5/5/2020
6.24 - 7.29: Bumblebee Survey Volunteer 3 6/24/2020 7/29/2020
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Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Containing almost 2,000 acres, the park offers miles of trails and many lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education.

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4.13 - 4.28: Earth Week Cleanup 1 4/19/2020 4/26/2020
4.15 - 6.10: Frog and Toad Calls Volunteer 1 4/15/2020 6/10/2020
4.28 - 5.5: Garlic Mustard Challenge Training - LHRP 3 4/28/2020 5/9/2020
4.28 - 6.30: Garlic Mustard Challenge at Lebanon Hills Regional Park 1 4/28/2020 6/30/2020
5.07 - 6.04: Garlic Mustard Pulls - LHRP 5 5/7/2020 6/4/2020
5.09 - 9.12: Dragonfly Survey Volunteer 4 6/13/2020 9/12/2020
5.20 - 7.31: Visual Turtle Survey Volunteer 1 5/21/2020 7/31/2020
5.27 - 6.02: Dragonfly Survey Volunteer - Optional ID Labs 2 5/27/2020 6/2/2020
6.11: June Environmental Stewardship Work Night 1 6/11/2020 6/11/2020
6.16 - 8.31: Invasive Species Early Detection Volunteer 1 6/17/2020 8/31/2020
6.27 - 8.01: Bumblebee Survey Volunteer 3 6/27/2020 8/1/2020
6.27 - 8.01: Bumblebee Survey Volunteer - Equestrian Trailhead 3 6/27/2020 8/1/2020
Adopt-a-Park Member 1

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve is a large nature preserve that provides miles of trails for you to enjoy the picturesque Cannon River Valley. Located at the confluence of Trout Brook and the Cannon River near Miesville, this beautiful park offers the feel of scenic southeastern Minnesota in our very own backyard.

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Spring Lake Park Reserve

Enjoy the feel of northern Minnesota from this scenic park that overlooks the Mississippi River. A rest stop along the Great River Road, Spring Lake Park Reserve is the "hidden jewel" of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The Schaar’s Bluff Trailhead and picnic area provide a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River Valley as well as access to summer hiking and winter ski trails.

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5.07: Garlic Mustard Challenge Training - SLPR 1 5/7/2020 5/7/2020
5.08 - 6.30 Garlic Mustard Challenge at Spring Lake Park Reserve 1 5/8/2020 6/30/2020
5.12 - 6.02: Garlic Mustard Pulls - SLPR 2 5/19/2020 6/2/2020
6.25 - 7.30: Bumblebee Survey Volunteer - Spring Lake Park Reserve 3 6/25/2020 7/30/2020
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Thompson County Park

This charming 57-acre park provides a quiet get-a-way in the midst of the West St. Paul, Minnesota area. The park features a large picnic area that overlooks Thompson Lake and miles of wooded trails that connect to the North Urban Regional Trail — a trail system that links Thompson County Park to Kaposia Park in South St. Paul and to the Mississippi River Regional Trail.

Thompson County Park is also the home of the Dakota Lodge — a four-season event center that is perfect for weddings, reunions, meetings, banquets, retreats, parties and much more.

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Dakota County’s newest park, 456-acre Whitetail Woods Regional Park, is located in Empire Township in the center of Dakota County, one mile north of the Vermillion River. The park is bordered by the Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area to the east and the Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management areas to the south. Privately owned property lies directly north of the park. The University of Minnesota’s UMORE Park is located to the northeast and east of the park.

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