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January 2018
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Water Bar Winter Social & Exhibition Party

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Water Bar & Public Studio, 2518 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418 United States

Join us to celebrate the reopening of Water Bar & Public Studio in a beautifully remodeled space! Expect drinks, food, and of course, a selection of local tap waters. We’re also celebrating Water Bar’s first exhibition, River Relationships: Portraits of a River and its People. Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (National Park Service) were partners on the project.

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Winter RAVE @ Coldwater Spring

January 27 @ 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 @ 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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The Working River @ District Energy

February 8 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
76 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102 US

Join us for a backstage pass to St. Paul’s largest source of energy! You’ll see the inside workings of biomass utilization, solar power, and more. Registration is required for this event. Please contact Anna Waugh with questions at awaugh@parkconnection.org

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Winter Tree ID @ Hidden Falls Regional Park

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park, 1313 Hidden Falls Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55116 US

Come learn winter tree identification skills! We will be learning how to identify different tree species by looking at buds and bark. Please dress accordingly for chilled temperatures. We will provide all materials for identification. If you have a favorite winter tree ID resource, feel free to bring it along. Please register here to RSVP. If you joined us last month, please note the training will be the same. However, all are welcome to join the group and continue to…

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Winter RAVE @ Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area

February 17 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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The Working River Tour @ Mpls Drinking Water Plant

March 6 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Northeast Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN US

Ever wonder how the water you drink every day gets to your tap? Join us for this unique tour of the Minneapolis drinking water plant and learn about the process of treating Misssippi River water and turning it into the water you can drink! Tour capacity is limited, so sign up for this tour soon. Questions? Contact Anna at awaugh@parkconnection.org for more information.

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Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

March 17 @ 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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