The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, the East Coast writer who visited the area in 1852. In her travelogue book, Summer Rambles in the West, Ellet described the Minnesota River Valley which adjoins the current day City of Eden Prairie, as the garden spot of the territory.  Learn more about Elizabeth Fries Ellet on Wiki

Trail Sign Sponsors

Thanks to the many city representatives for their support ....

Our appreciation to the city of Eden Prairie, City Manager Scott Neal, former Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Director Bob Lambert, former Mayor Nancy Tryra Lukens, former council member Ron Case, Stu Fox, Doug Ernst, the Eden Prairie Parks & Recreation Staff and Kathie Case representing the Eden Prairie Historical Society for their support.

Thanks to the many artisans who contributed their talents to the trail project....

Todd Nordquist, Photographer, Sean Jergens, Landscape Architect, Peter, Elizabeth and Doug of Kestrel Design Group, Yago Meyers, Ojibwa Herbalist, Shirley Mah Kooyman, botanist and Educational Coordinator for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Shelley Getten, artist...

The Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail is supported by the Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Department and approved by the Eden Prairie Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission on December 1, 2003. On December 16, 2003 the Eden Prairie City Council approved the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail to be installed at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie, MN. The Eden Prairie School Board gave their approval to the project in 2005. This was a private project to collect private funds for Interpretive Signage in city parkland. The signs were installed in July of 2007 with a grand opening ceremony August 2 2007.