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July 2018

Family Fishing: Fish with a Ranger

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Rebecca, Hastings, MN 55033 US

Join staff from the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation and National Park Service Rangers and try your hand at catching fish in Lake Rebecca and to practice gyotaku fish printing. All the equipment, bait, and encouragement is provided. All you need to bring is yourselves. Fishing licenses are required for non-residents and Minnesota residents age 16 and older. Fishing licenses are not required for those age 15 and younger. This event is free and open to all. No registration…

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Insect Safari with Entomologist Jessica Miller

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

***FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***  Address: 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr S, St Paul, MN 55111 Explore Coldwater Spring and discover the oak savanna and prairie insect community with entomologist Jessica Miller. Jessica will identify species and help you learn who eats who in nature. We’ll bring the sweep nets! No registration required. Meet at the LightHotel located along the trail from the Coldwater Spring parking lot. Important Note: The Coldwater Spring parking lot is closed to the public except…

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‘How We Built It’ | Geoffrey Warner, AIA, Sam Brissett and Austin Young

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

***FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***  Address: 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr S, St Paul, MN 55111 Some of the designers and builders of the lightHotel share their story of how an 8’X20’ steel shipping container was transformed into a sustainable, mobile hotel. A detailed tour will ‘walk’ the group through the LightHotel’s efficient, sustainable design. No registration required. Meet at the LightHotel located along the trail from the Coldwater Spring parking lot. Important Note: The Coldwater Spring parking lot is…

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Free

Canoe RAVE

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mississippi West Regional Park, 13900 Traprock Street NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 US

River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs) RAVEs are a fun way to explore the river in a way few others do.  All trips couple a restoration service project in a hard to reach area of the river with an adventure tour by National Park Service rangers. For this RAVE, we will offer tours of canoe-access campsites on islands adjacent to Mississippi West Regional Park. Participants will also help remove invasive plant species that threaten the native plant ecosystems. Removing these plants prevents their spread…

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am.

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August 2018

Free

Plein Air at Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 US

Groveland Gallery‘s Plein Air SmackDown VIII will be held at Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam this year where 20 gallery and guest artists will be painting en plein air on and around the Lock and Dam. 10am – 12pm: Maps to artists’ locations and coffee and donuts will be available at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center. 10am – 3:30pm: Artists will be painting at various locations around the Lock and Dam throughout the…

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Moth Tour with Ranger Sharon Stiteler

August 4 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

***FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***  Address: 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr S, St Paul, MN 55111 Moths can be as tiny as your thumb nail or as big as your palms. The best way to find them is at night. Join Ranger Sharon as she tries to attract these nocturnal wonders and survey what species are using Coldwater Spring. If we are lucky, we might also hear some barred owls call during the program. No registration required. Meet at the…

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am.

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RiverFest 2018

August 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 10360 West River Road
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444 US

Free event and open to the public. No registration required. Join National Park Rangers on the fishing decks of the Coon Rapids Dam and try your hand at catching the fish of the Mississippi River. We provide the equipment, bait, and encouragement. All youth must be accompanied by adults. Other activities are available as well! Fishing licenses are required for participants age 16 or older. Those 15 and younger are not required to have licenses. The fish likely to be…

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Free

Pontoon Tour (Members-Only)

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harriet Island Park, 200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107 US

This event is for Mississippi Park Connection members-only. Members are allow 2 tickets max. Come aboard the park’s pontoon boat on the Mississippi River! National Park Service 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…

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