Welcome to Friends of Chester Woods

Our Mission


Friends of Chester Woods is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization with a mission of supporting the educational, environmental, and recreational goals of Chester Woods Park.

Become an FOCW member


If you would like to find out more about Friends of Chester Woods  and how you can become involved, pick up a brochure at the gate house.

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Friends of Chester Woods funds and/or assists with many projects in the park that enhance visitors experiences, provide programming, and/or upgrade amenities in the park.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated because park entrance fees go to the County, not the park.

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Legacy Trail


 Chester Woods County Park has established a "Legacy Trail" close to the park office. The purpose of this paved trail is to have a location for our patrons to have a spot of solitude in the developed area, and a location where loved ones can be remembered.  This remembrance is in the form of brass leaves which will be engraved and then secured to vertical metal art work.  All proceeds in excess of the cost of the leaves will be used for enhancements in programming and facilities in Chester Woods.  The link below is the brochure which explains this trail and program in greater detail. 

Chester Woods Video


Chester Woods is a park with a variety of many natural features. Click the link below to watch a slideshow video of the park.

Chester Woods Video

Contact & Find the Park


Call  (507) 328-7356 for general information. Call (507) 328-7350 to speak to a specific staff person.  

Follow the link below to see a map to guide you to Chester Woods and also see a map of Chester Woods.


You can contribute your tax deductible donation with GiveMN


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We love to share thoughts and ideas with park visitors, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Friends of Chester Woods

Chester Woods County Park Attention: FOCW 8378 Highway 14 East Eyota, MN 55934

507/328-7356 is the Chester Woods County Park phone number

Office Hours at Chester Woods are


Meet our FOCW Board


Ernie Freudenburg

Vice President

Randy Wendt


Ruthann Yaeger


Jim Peterson

Board Members
Jim Foote
Mike Lavalle
Patty Trnka
Joel Dunnette