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February 2018
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Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425

There are a million apps available for smartphones and now there are many apps specifically for enjoying nature or engaging in citizen science projects. Join a national park ranger to learn more about how to find and identify wildlife, report your sightings and even take pictures and video all with the amazing smartphone in your pocket. Bring your phones and unlock some of the secret powers your phone carries to give you a great day outdoors. The program will start…

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March 2018
Free

Survival RAVE @ Hidden Falls

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park, Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Join us in Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a national park, for a Survival RAVE (River Action Volunteer Event)! Participants will be helping to restore the floodplain and prairie ecosystems. This RAVE will challenge your outdoor skills (though no experience or previous knowledge is required). You’ll learn what it takes to make it outdoors in a Minnesota winter! Do some good while helping us to celebrate service, and our most special places – national parks! RAVEs are great for adults…

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The Working River Tour @ Mpls Drinking Water Plant

March 6 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Northeast Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN US

Ever wonder how the water you drink every day gets to your tap? Join us for this unique tour of the Minneapolis drinking water plant and learn about the process of treating Misssippi River water and turning it into the water you can drink! Tour capacity is limited, so sign up for this tour soon. Questions? Contact Anna at awaugh@parkconnection.org for more information.

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Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425

There are a million apps available for smartphones and now there are many apps specifically for enjoying nature or engaging in citizen science projects. Join a national park ranger to learn more about how to find and identify wildlife, report your sightings and even take pictures and video all with the amazing smartphone in your pocket. Bring your phones and unlock some of the secret powers your phone carries to give you a great day outdoors. The program will start…

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Free

Heron Watch @ Marshall Terrace Park

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marshall Terrace Park, 2740 Marshall Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Join a National Park Service ranger to view a great blue heron rookery from Marshall Terrace Park. Seeing this rookery in Minneapolis is an unforgettable sight! The park ranger will help you get a close look at the herons and also help you learn more about why great blue herons thrive along the Mississippi River. Marshall Terrace Park in Northeast Minneapolis sits directly across from a heron rookery, and is an ideal spot for observing the majestic great blue heron. We’ll…

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Free

Volunteer Training on Insects

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NPS Headquarters, 111 Kellogg Blvd E, Suite #105
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101 US

Learn about the different insects you see in our urban park. You will also learn where to look for them, how to attract them and how they fit within our ecosystem. Training will be run by entomologist Jessica Miller. This is a free event! Please register to RSVP. For questions or more information, please contact Mary Hammes at mhammes@parkconnection.org.

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April 2018

Junior Ranger Day @ Mississippi River Visitor Center

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102

On Junior Ranger Day, explore the Mississippi River, its history and biology at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.  Earn your junior ranger by using our interactive exhibits.  Then, take your oath with the park’s superintendent and discuss how you will care the Mississippi.   Our exhibit space is free.  Parking is available in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s parking ramp.  Their parking fees vary from hourly to event-rate, depending on events in downtown.  Call the museum for details.  

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