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July 2017
Free

Pontoon Tour @ Harriet Island (Member Event) [FULL]

July 28 @ 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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$8.00 - $10.00

Canoe Paddle @ Vermillion River

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vermillion River, 17210-17456 Ravenna Trail
Hastings, MN 55033 United States

Paddle the Vermillion River with the National Park Service. This guided canoe paddle on the Vermillion will take you through a unique portion of this national park that’s reminiscent of a Louisiana bayou. This area is great for wildlife observation — come see bald eagles, great blue herons, we might even be able to sneak up on a muskrat! Canoes, paddles and life-jackets will be provided by the National Park Service. Space is limited so please RSVP. This event is…

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August 2017

Bike with a Ranger @ The Commons

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415 United States

Hop on your own bike or grab a Nice Ride to take a tour with a National Park Service Ranger, in partnership with Mississippi Park Connection and National Park Service. Tour the neighborhoods and learn more about flora and fauna, the Mississippi River or a variety of topics. Meet at NiceRide – 4th Street and Portland Avenue. Bike with a Ranger at The Commons: Aug. 5 Sept. 16 Oct. 21 RSVP here.

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Free

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

August 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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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Bike with a Ranger @ Hastings Riverfront

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Explore the southern end of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area with the National Park Service and the City of Hastings! 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…

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$8.00 - $10.00

Canoe Paddle @ Vermillion River

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vermillion River, 17210-17456 Ravenna Trail
Hastings, MN 55033 United States

Paddle the Vermillion River with the National Park Service. This guided canoe paddle on the Vermillion will take you through a unique portion of this national park that’s reminiscent of a Louisiana bayou. This area is great for wildlife observation — come see bald eagles, great blue herons, we might even be able to sneak up on a muskrat! Canoes, paddles and life-jackets will be provided by the National Park Service. Space is limited so please RSVP. This event is…

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Free

Canoe RAVE @ Lion’s Levee Park

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lion’s Levee Park, W 7th Ave
Saint Paul Park, MN 55071 US

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. For this RAVE, we will explore the southern end of our park aboard our awesome partner Wilderness Inquiry’s 24-foot voyageur canoes, and along the way hear river stories from national park rangers. We’ll land on Island 112…

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Free

Pontoon Tour @ Harriet Island (Member Event)

August 22 @ 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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September 2017
Free

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Migration: Not Just For the Birds September’s Second Saturday will cover migration, in all its forms. We know about bird migration, but what about the migratory butterflies, bumblebees and dragonflies? Head down to Coldwater Spring to learn from NPS rangers about different how and where different wildlife in the park migrate as seasons change. You can even learn how to catch and band a bumblebee! This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone. Stop by Coldwater Spring anytime between…

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$15.00 - $18.00

River City Revue @ Harriet Island

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Padelford Packet Boat Co, 205 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Murder on the Mississippi

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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