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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

Take a Kid Ice Fishing @ Pickerel Lake

January 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pickerel Lake, 950 Lilydale Road
Saint Paul, MN 55118

Ice fishing is a quintessential Minnesota outdoor sport and this is your chance to try your hand at catching a fish through the ice. We supply all the fishing poles and bait and even drill the holes you’ll be fishing through, although hand augers are available for those that want to cut their own. Watch for our large red tent where you will get your loaner pole, find a place to warm up, and where you’ll be able to use…

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Free

Seedster Social @ Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

January 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Rd
Eagan, MN 55123 US

Winter Blues? Grow your own spring! Lebanon Hills Regional Park and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, our national park, need native seedlings for spring planting events and YOU can help grow them at home. Seedster Club membership comes with a pack of native seeds sourced from park prairies, growing instructions, trays and other materials, and networking opportunities with a group of folks who are doing the same work. Keep some of the seedlings for your own yard or to…

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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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Free

Winter RAVE @ Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area

February 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, 9550 Inver Grove Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 US

Join us at Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, a beautiful tall grass prairie adjacent to 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…

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Free

Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

February 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425

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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March 2018
Free

Survival RAVE @ Hidden Falls

March 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park, Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Join us in Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a national park, for a Survival RAVE (River Action Volunteer Event)! Participants will be helping to restore the floodplain and prairie ecosystems. This RAVE will challenge your outdoor skills (though no experience or previous knowledge is required). You’ll learn what it takes to make it outdoors in a Minnesota winter! Do some good while helping us to celebrate service, and our most special places – national parks! RAVEs are great for adults…

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