Available programs that need volunteer help . . .

 Annual Dam Hike

This FOCW sponsored event always is scheduled for the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. FOCW hosts a hike to the Dam Overlook.  Guides and Cooks are needed.  A hot dog barbecue is prepared at the Dam Overlook picnic area.

Annual "Day in the Park"

Each September, FOCW hosts a day for people with disabilities to come out and enjoy activity stations that have been prepared and staffed for them.  
Annual Bird Count

This event is an activity of the Audubon Society.  This December activity takes place at Quarry Hill Park in Rochester and Whitewater State Park near St. Charles.  Contact Joel Dunnette at jdunnette@gmail.com for more information.

Annual Butterfly Count

This event is an activity of the Audubon Society.  This July activity takes place at Chester Woods, Quarry Hill Park in Rochester, Northern Hills Prairie.  Contact Joel Dunnette at jdunnette@gmail.com for more information.

Create Your Own Program

If you have a topic of special interest and want to share your knowledge, meet with the park naturalist to discuss and receive approval for this opportunity. A good venue at the park is the Kisrow Classroom in the campground.  Saturday evening programs are a welcome addition to the camping weekend.

Lead a "Birding Hike"

Meet with the park naturalist and get approval to lead a birding hike--using some of the 15 miles of nature trails available in the park.

Lead a Full Moon Event

During the months of May through September, FOCW sponsors a Full Moon hike to the Dam Overlook and a Full Moon paddle on Chester Lake.  These are scheduled on a weekend date that is closest to the full moon. If you would like to become a leader, come out and participate along with indicating your interest in leadership for these events.

Contact Us about Programs

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

Contact Park Manager, Tom Eckdahl to set up an appointment to explore your volunteer opportunities.

Friends of Chester Woods

8378 Highway 14 SE, Eyota, Minnesota 55934, United States

(507) 328-7356


The park office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can always call and leave a message.