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September 2017

Illuminate the Lock: The Uncompromising Hand

September 29 @ 8:00 pm - September 30 @ 10:30 pm
The Uncompromising Hand, by Andrea Carlson | Illuminate the Lock

The 49-foot tall chamber of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will become a canvas for experimental artworks during this two-part series. Part two features The Uncompromising Hand  by Andrea Carlson and engages Spirit Island, a limestone island and Dakota sacred site that was once in the Mississippi River near the current Lock and Dam. The lock wall will come alive with a hand drawn animation based on six photographs of the island from the MN Historical Society’s collection,…

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Free

National Public Lands Day @ Coldwater Spring

September 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Lend a hand restoring our national park! The National Park Service is restoring the land surrounding Coldwater Spring to create oak savanna, prairie, and wetland habitats. This park is located between Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and Historic Fort Snelling. The historic Coldwater spring house sits at its heart. We will provide gloves and all necessary tools and equipment. Come out and help us plant for the future! Registered volunteers will receive a free REI volunteer T-shirt and a light breakfast. Volunteers…

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October 2017

River Relationships • Portraits of a River and its People

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Water Bar & Public Studio, 2518 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418 United States

How do you relate to water in the place where you live? This exhibition, created in partnership with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (National Park Service) and Mississippi Park Connection, illuminates contemporary river relationships of Twin Cities residents, as well as their habits of connection and care for the Mississippi River, shared in their own words.   Exhibition runs October 14th, 2017 – January 14th, 2018   An opening reception and Water Bar preview will be held on Friday, October 13th,…

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Free

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Fossils: Discovering Ancient Coldwater October’s Second Saturday is all about discovering the ancient side of Coldwater through fossil hunting and identification. Coldwater Spring is what is known as a fossiliferous park, or rich with fossils, due to Minnesota and the Midwest being covered by an ocean some 400 million years ago. Join NPS rangers to see what ancient history you can find in the park, and earn a special-edition Paleontologist Junior Ranger badge! This family-friendly event is free and open…

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Free

The Big Sit @ Coldwater Spring

October 22 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

It’s that special time of year when rangers and birders gather to document all the birds they see and hear at Coldwater Spring from sunrise to sundown. This is a great place to learn about bird identification, meet local birders, and have fun. If you have binoculars and spotting scopes, feel free to bring them but we will also have some on hand for you to use. You can come for the whole day or just show up for an…

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December 2017
Free

Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425 US

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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January 2018
Free

Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

January 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425 US

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

Winter Trails Day @ Fort Snelling State Park

January 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Snelling Lake Beach, 101 Snelling Lake Rd
Saint Paul, MN 55111 US
Playing in the snow at Winter Trails Day

Join us for Winter Trails Day 2018! This annual tradition is a day of fun, free winter activities at Fort Snelling State Park. On this day, outdoor recreation professionals from around the Twin Cities will come together to provide a range of activities to help you find your winter sport! Try ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more This event is free and open to everyone, however Minnesota State Parks require a vehicle permit – $7 for the day or $35…

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Free

Winter RAVE @ Coldwater Spring

January 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417 US

Join us at Coldwater Spring, a beautiful oak savanna prairie near the Mississippi River, for this special winter RAVE (River Action Volunteer Event). Come out and help with invasive plants management, followed by a guided hike to the river. River Action Volunteer Events are a fun way to discover your river, while acting as a steward on behalf of this beautiful national park right in our backyard. All RAVEs couple a recreational activity with restoration a restoration project. Explore the…

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February 2018
Free

Fireside Chat @ NPS Headquarters

February 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NPS Headquarters – Kellogg Square, 111 East Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55101 US

Sit down with Superintendent John Anfinson and Executive Director Katie Nyberg for a cup of hot cocoa and an informal chat with your fellow park supporters! This event will be held at NPS Headquarters in downtown Saint Paul, overlooking the metro river. Discuss the current state of the Mississippi River, what’s going on with the National Park Service, and what the future of parks might look like – specifically urban national parks like the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.…

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