Community Engagement

Providing park experiences for everyone is one of the leading goals of Mississippi Park Connection. Together with the National Park Service and many other organizations in the community, we provide year-round programs and events for adults, families, and kids.

Visitor Centers
Mississippi Park Connection is proud to work with Mississippi National River and Recreation Area to operate visitor centers on both sides of the river. Come visit us at our newly remodeled Mississippi River Visitor Center in downtown Saint Paul and chat with National Park Service rangers about how you can experience this urban national park!

Mississippi River Paddle Share
Discover your river with Mississippi River Paddle Share – a kayak-sharing program aligned with Nice Ride Minnesota stations along the Mississippi River. Put in at one location and paddle downriver to the appropriate return station, then take a Nice Ride back to where you started. To learn more and reserve your kayak, visit

Ranger On Call
Explore some of the greatest spots in the park through the Ranger on Call audio tour program. Listen to the tour, download podcasts and maps, and enjoy stories from along the 72-mile river corridor of our national park!

Murder on the Mississippi
Organized by Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service, Murder on the Mississippi is an annual immersive murder mystery on the Padleford Riverboat as it travels up and down the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities. Come join us in solving a mystery and learning about trivia for our park’s corridor. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to check the events calendar for dates and tickets.

Second Saturdays
From June through October, Second Saturdays at Coldwater Spring feature free, easy and fun adventures in the park. From invertebrates to fossils to pollinators, Second Saturdays provide unique, family-friendly activities aimed at teaching participants about the river and our national park. Check for details under the events calendar this spring!

People can also have a national park experience by volunteering, attending an event, and becoming a member of Mississippi Park Connection.