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June 2017

Tunnel Tour @ Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam [FULL]

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Go underneath the lock! This free public tour will give you an insider’s look at the inner workings of locks and dams. With the National Park Service and Army Corps. of Engineers as your trusted guides, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at, and in, the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. This event has limited space, so RSVP is required. Kids aged 10 and over are welcome on this tour. Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any…

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Bike With a Ranger @ Harriet Island

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Harriet Island, 251 Plato Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN 55107

A National Park Service ranger will lead this group bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. We’ll be taking a moderate, 9-mile ride from Harriet Island along the river and back up Shepard Road. Come explore the natural, cultural, and historic significance of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul. Space is limited to 20 people. Please RSVP and plan to arrive 15 minutes early in order to start the event on time.…

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$12.00 - $15.00

Sunrise Yoga @ Raspberry Island

June 27 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Raspberry Island, Saint Paul, MN 55107

Start your day with a moment of tranquility and meet us by the river for morning yoga! In partnership with Longevity Studio, we invite you to join us for sunrise yoga at Raspberry Island. Guided by certified instructor, Paula Lindemann, this class will encourage students to release their tensions to the river and embrace water as a meditative symbol. All skill levels are welcome! Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable, non-constricting clothing. In the event of rain or severe…

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Share the River Nordeast @ Stormwater Park

June 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418 US

Join us for an evening of community, canoeing and ice cream! Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab some free ice cream and check out the other activities at MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center. This family-friendly event is great for kids and adults of all ages (though you must be at least 30 lbs. in order to fit the provided life jackets). In addition to learning to paddle on…

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July 2017

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417 US

Prairie Pollinators Bring your family to this free event to learn about pollinators of our park. Prairie landscapes, like that of Coldwater Spring, all depend on native bees, bugs and butterflies to thrive. Come on down to Coldwater to learn from an NPS ranger about the different pollinators that live in our park, their food sources, and how you can be a pal to these important insects. This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone. Stop by Coldwater Spring anytime…

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Pontoon Tour @ Harriet Island (Member Event)

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come aboard the park’s pontoon boat on the Mississippi River! National park rangers will host a very small group aboard the park’s pontoon boat for a guided tour featuring beautiful scenery and fabulous birding on the Mississippi River. See eagles, herons and other birds that call the Mississippi home while taking in the beautiful scenery! Not yet a member? Need to know the status of your membership? Contact us. Please contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center with any questions or…

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Birds of the River Paddle w/ Wilderness Inquiry

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Explore the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area by voyageur canoe! Our friends at Wilderness Inquiry are teaming up with the National Park Service for this special birding canoe trip. National Park Service ranger and bird expert Sharon Stiteler will be the lead interpreter on this paddle. (Check out her bird blog – www.birdchick.com) This trip will take you from North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island. See a heron rookery in action, osprey nests, and experience true urban birding…

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Fish with a Ranger @ Hastings Riverfront

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Head down to the southern end of our park to see what’s biting! The National Park Service will be partnering with the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation to provide an afternoon of fishing and fun for the whole family. Poles, tackle, and bait will be provided free of charge. Learn more about native fish of the Mississippi River, fishing techniques, and try your hand! This event is free and open to all, but registration is encouraged to ensure enough…

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$15.00 - $18.00

River City Revue @ Harriet Island

July 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Padelford Packet Boat Co, 205 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Join us for this special River City Revue, Murder on the Mississippi. Part social event, part theater production, and all aboard the Jonathan Padelford! Cruise down the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area while enjoying a beverage, taking in gorgeous scenery, and helping to solve a murder mystery on this unique riverboat experience. It is Saint Paul in the 1920’s. Prohibition is in full force and the city has become a sanctuary for Chicago gangsters looking to escape the violence…

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Knapweed Pull @ Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Help remove invasive species while enjoying the prairie grasses and wildflowers of this dry sand prairie with wonderful views of the Mississippi River! Come lend a hand to help improve the habitat of this unique place. This event is led by Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service who will provide necessary tools and gloves. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes for this outdoor project. Bring water too. See the Grey Cloud Dunes webpage for a map and…

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