A 2024 GreenTouch event is planned for Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Lake Bemidji State Park.

We will be helping the park prepare for the 2024 season by raking leaves, picking up tree debris, trash, window cleaning, and doing some highway cleanup.

  • Meet at the picnic shelter by the lake.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own pair of work gloves.
  • If you have a rake you like to use, please bring that with you.
  • A picnic meal will be served for volunteers at 5:30 p.m.
  • Persons interested in volunteering may contact Angela Lyseng at 218-444-3689 or alyseng@beltramielectric.com.
  • Everyone is welcome!
  • Volunteers are asked to check in at the park office for a free park permit for the day.


GreenTouch Logo with tagline

A statewide-cooperative, environmental and community - outreach program. 

GreenTouch™, a unique cooperative program, was launched in 2000 with the inaugural GreenTouch™ state park cleanup events held on the first Saturday in May across the state of Minnesota. These events were led by Minnesota's Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives. Since then, over 10,060 individuals have generously volunteered their time to contribute their "green touch" to Minnesota's state parks, volunteering nearly 37,000 hours of their time, making a lasting impact on the parks and communities they serve.

In 2023, GreenTouch™ was expanded and enhanced to include a broader range of community and environmental projects. 

Program Objectives:

Promote Environmental Stewardship: Encourage our communities to take an active role in protecting and preserving the environment through hands-on involvement in various types of volunteer projects.

Enhance Community Engagement: Facilitate opportunities for cooperative members, employees, and our communities to come together and work collaboratively towards a common goal.

Raise Awareness of Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives: Generate positive publicity and brand recognition for Minnesota's Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives by highlighting their commitment to environmental sustainability and community well-being.

Improve Public Spaces: Enhance the quality and appeal of state parks, city parks, and other community areas through beautification, restoration, and maintenance efforts.


If your group or organization has a proposed project for GreenTouch, contact Beltrami Electric Cooperative at 218-444-2540.

Three volunteers cleaning up roadside ditches near Lake Bemidji State Park
Two teenage boys raking leaves away from base of tree