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April 2017
Free

Arbor Day Tree Walk @ Coldwater Spring

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Coldwater Spring,
5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417 US
30049085624-26486114

Join the National Park Service for a guided walking tour of Coldwater Spring. Come celebrate Arbor Day, get to know about more about some of America’s iconic trees, their role in history, and why we choose to plant them, cut them down, or let them burn. This free event has limited space and registration is required.

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May 2017
Free

Tunnel Tour @ Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam (Member Event)

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam,
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 US
33900260592-30604265

Go underneath the lock! This members-only 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 today! Kids aged 10 and over are welcome on this tour. Not yet a member? Need to know the status of your…

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Free

The Big Watch @ Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

May 13 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA),
113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 US
33753122498-30436881

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 Grey Cloud Dunes 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…

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Free

Take Aim at Summer @ DNR Office

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
1200 Warner Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55106 US
33905554426-30609360

Kick off your summer by trying a variety of outdoor activities all in one place! The National Park Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Saint Paul Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to bring you a full day of fun along the Mississippi River. Try fun activities like archery, birding, canoeing, go on a climbing wall, fishing, geocaching and more!. Bring your friends or family, tell your neighbors. Let’s celebrate the new season together!

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June 2017
Free

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwater Spring,
5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
34007534451-30714711

Animals at Coldwater Bring your family to this free event to learn about animals in the park. There will be bird banding, owl pellet dissection, and a CSI Trail Walk to discover what animal has been killed and who ate it. Join NPS rangers on the trail to learn more about the critters that call Coldwater Spring home. This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone. Stop by Coldwater Spring anytime between 10:00  am and 1:00 pm, no registration needed.

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Free

National Get Outdoors Day @ Powderhorn Park

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Powderhorn Park,
120 W Kellogg Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55407 US
33910536327-30713773

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 Rec Board, the National Park Service, REI, the Minnesota DNR, the Forest Service and others, this year’s Get Outdoors Day will be full of free and fun activities to try! Join a canoe paddle on Powderhorn Lake, go mountain biking, learn to fish, play camp games, go birding, get creative with nature crafts,…

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Free

Take a Kid Fishing @ Thompson County Park

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thompson County Park,
360 Butler Avenue East
West Saint Paul, MN 55118
34008654802-30716754

We’ll be at Thompson County Park to assist fishing programming with Dakota County Parks and Recreation, the Minnesota Department of Resources 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. Learn more about fishing and try your hand at catching the lake’s fishy inhabitants! This event…

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Free

Pontoon Tour @ Harriet Island (Member Event)

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
34011498307-30717824

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.

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Free

Canoe RAVE @ River Park

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Mississippi Regional Park,
5116 N Mississippi Dr
Minneapolis, MN 55412 US
33896257619-30600083

River Action Volunteer Events (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.  Explore the river, learn about significant wildlife and cultural features, and do some good! For this RAVE, we will explore the northern end of our park aboard our awesome partner Wilderness Inquiry’s 24-foot voyageur canoes, and…

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Free

Bike with a Ranger @ Hastings Riverfront

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
34014307710-30720017

Explore the southern end of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area with an NPS ranger as your guide! Bike With a Ranger is a great way to explore this spectacular national park by bicycle and get a workout in the process. This tour of the Hastings area riverfront will include stops at Jaycee Park and Lock and Dam #2 at Lake Rebecca Park, with opportunities to learn more about the natural, cultural, and historic resources of this great river.…

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