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Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Upcoming Events

August 2017
$8.00 - $10.00

Canoe Paddle @ Vermillion River

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 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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September 2017
$15.00 - $18.00

River City Revue @ Harriet Island [SOLD OUT]

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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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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