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Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Upcoming Events

June 2017
Free

Share the River Nordeast @ Stormwater Park

June 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418 US

Join us for an evening of community, canoeing and ice cream! Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a free introductory canoe ride on the Mississippi River, then grab some free ice cream and check out the other activities at MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center. This family-friendly event is great for kids and adults of all ages (though you must be at least 30 lbs. in order to fit the provided life jackets). In addition to learning to paddle on…

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July 2017
Free

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417 US

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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Free

Fish with a Ranger @ Hastings Riverfront

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Head down to the southern end of our park to see what’s biting! The National Park Service will be partnering with the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation to provide an afternoon of fishing and fun for the whole family. Poles, tackle, and bait will be provided free of charge. Learn more about native fish of the Mississippi River, fishing techniques, and try your hand! This event is free and open to all, but registration is encouraged to ensure enough…

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$15.00 - $18.00

River City Revue @ Harriet Island

July 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Padelford Packet Boat Co, 205 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107

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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Free

Knapweed Pull @ Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Help remove invasive species while enjoying the prairie grasses and wildflowers of this dry sand prairie with wonderful views of the Mississippi River! Come lend a hand to help improve the habitat of this unique place. This event is led by Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service who will provide necessary tools and gloves. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes for this outdoor project. Bring water too. See the Grey Cloud Dunes webpage for a map and…

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$8.00 - $10.00

Canoe Paddle @ Vermillion River

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 for so please RSVP. This event…

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August 2017
Free

Second Saturday @ Coldwater Spring

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

Aquatic Invertebrates  August’s Second Saturday will dive into aquatic invertebrates of our park. Aquatic invertebrates are small animals, including insects, worms, and crustaceans, that live beneath the surface of the water. Join NPS rangers down at Coldwater Spring to learn about the park’s aquatic life and what these critters can tell us about the health of our rivers and streams. This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone. Stop by Coldwater Spring anytime between 10:00 and 1:00, no registration…

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$8.00 - $10.00

Canoe Paddle @ Vermillion River

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 for so please RSVP. This event…

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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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September 2017
Free

Seed Collecting @ Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 US

Help with seed collection while enjoying the prairie grasses and wildflowers of this dry sand prairie with wonderful views of the Mississippi River! Come lend a hand to help improve the habitat of this unique place. This event is led by Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service who will provide materials and instructions. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes for this outdoor project. Bring water too. See the Grey Cloud Dunes webpage for a map and description…

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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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