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April 2018
Free

Rooted Red Ale

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dangerous Man Brewing Company, 1300 Northeast 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55413 US

UPDATE: Rooted Red Ale is being released on Friday, April 27th! Visit us at Dangerous Man Brewing Company on April 29th and enter in the raffle drawings to win some great prizes such as REI gift cards, Mississippi Park Connection merchandise, a pontoon tour of the Mississippi River and more. There will be three raffle drawings throughout the day and you do not need to be present to win. The raffle cost $10 per ticket or 3 tickets for $25. Our dear friends at Dangerous Man Brewing Company are releasing…

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May 2018
Free

The Big Watch

May 19 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 US

It’s kind of a big sit but only bigger at Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area! Join Peter Nichols, Greg Jahner and Ranger Sharon Stiteler for a FREE day of documenting how many birds we can tally from sunrise to sundown. The event will also include walks out into the SNA to look for sparrows, warblers, vireos or anything else. This is a casual and fun event–perfect for people who would like to enhance their birding skills, bird with…

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Free

Kids in the Park (featuring Nature Cat)

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mississippi River Visitor Center, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102 US

Come to the Mississippi River Visitor Center and meet PBS Kids’ Nature Cat. This fun character will be on hand playing and exploring with families at the visitor center. Families will get to explore the fun interactive Mississippi River exhibits and create hands on crafts. This event is being held in observation of Kids in Parks Day. If you have questions about this event, please contact Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200.

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$25.00 - $2,500.00

Cocktails for the Canopy

May 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Crosby Farm Regional Park, 2595 Crosby Farm Rd
St. Paul, MN 55116 US

Plant for the Future The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is home to more than 500,000 ash trees. As emerald ash borer makes its way across the park, it will kill nearly all of the ash trees that line the river’s banks. Without support, this canopy will disappear in the next decade, forever changing the landscape, river quality, natural areas, and habitat for beloved wildlife. In preparation for this new reality, Mississippi Park Connection has launched Plant for the…

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June 2018
Free

Grand Old Day with the Raptor Center

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Patagonia St. Paul, 1648 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 US

Grand Old Day is Saint Paul’s first act of summer and the place to be on the first Sunday of June. They’ll be plenty of activities for the entire family to do on Grand Ave. With over 150 food vendors, family fun area, art district, and six festival gardens, this is a day you will not want to miss. Kick off the summer season with Grand Old Day! Stop by Patagonia – Saint Paul’s storefront to visit us with The…

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Free

Get Outdoors Day

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407 US

Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide celebration that provides opportunities for people to get outdoors and try new activities. Hosted in collaboration between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, REI, Minnesota Department of Resources (DNR), U.S. Forest Service, Tips Outdoors, and the City of Minneapolis, this year’s Get Outdoors Day will be full of free and fun activities to try.Join a canoe paddle on Powderhorn Lake, learn to fish, play camp games, go birding, get creative with nature crafts, try…

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Free

Take a Kid Fishing

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East
West Saint Paul, MN 55118 US

National Park Service Rangers will be at Thompson County Park to assist fishing programming with Dakota County Parks and Recreation, Minnesota Department of Resources (DNR) and other great partners. Participants that are age 16 or older don’t need fishing licenses on this day provided they are accompanied by youth and children age 15 or younger.Fishing poles, tackle, and bait are provided, plus there will be lots of other activities to participate in as well. Come and learn more about fishing and…

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Free

Visit National Park Service @ the Stone Arch Bridge Festival

June 16 @ 9:30 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center, 1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Visit the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam during the Stone Arch Bridge Festival this summer! National Park Service Rangers will provide free tours of the lock walls. Learn about the history of the place, the purpose of locks and dams, and river navigation. You’ll get a great view of the falls from the observation deck! The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
TBD, Hastings, MN 55033 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. Specific location is TBD.

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Free

Pontoon Tour (Members-Only)

June 23 @ 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. 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 membership? Contact us at info@parkconnection.org…

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