Spruce-up day planned May 6 at Kilen Woods State Park

Volunteers will clean picnic shelters, fix structures and pick up branches/litter on the trails. All ages are welcome. A hot dog, chips and cookies lunch will be served at noon to the volunteers.

Kilen Woods clean-up
Sonja Koch and Sheri Lilleberg paint a fence at Kilen Wood State Park during the 2022 Spruce-Up Day.
Photo submitted by Federated Rural Electric

JACKSON — Federated Rural Electric in Jackson will sponsor a clean-up day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, at Kilen Woods State Park, northeast of Lakefield.

Electric cooperative employees, customers and the general public are invited to a work day in various parks throughout the state. Volunteers will clean picnic shelters, fix existing structures and pick up branches and litter on the trails. All ages are welcome. A hot dog, chips and cookies lunch will be served at noon to the volunteers.

Volunteers will:

  • Paint amphitheater seats and sign posts
  • Pick up litter on hiking trails and trim branches
  • Clean picnic shelter and office building
  • Scoop out campfire pits
  • Pick up fallen branches
  • Rake tent sites and campground area
  • Rehab existing picnic tables
  • Take down old blue bird houses and install new ones
  • Rehab the handicap camping site by taking out old materials and installing new

For more than 20 years Federated, as a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, has sponsored GreenTouch clean-up day.
“Kilen Woods staff always looks forward to GreenTouch day,” said Phil Nasby, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We appreciate the many volunteers that help get the park spruced up for the summer camping and hiking season.”

Individuals do not need to be a Federated member to volunteer. Volunteers need to RSVP by noon May 5 so enough hot dogs are purchased. Call or email Federated at (507) 847-3520 or 1-800-321-3520 (press extension 0 for Janet) or .


GreenTouch volunteers receive free access to the park on this day. In case of rainy/snowy weather, check Federated’s Facebook page.

“GreenTouch is one way Touchstone Energy Cooperatives demonstrate their commitment to the community,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager. “We’re proud of the way our members and employees have shown their cooperative spirit by volunteering to spruce up our state parks, but we’re not surprised by their generosity. It comes naturally to them.”

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