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Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

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October 2017
Free

The Big Sit @ Coldwater Spring

October 22 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

It’s that special time of year when rangers and birders gather to document all the birds they see and hear at Coldwater Spring from sunrise to sundown. This is a great place to learn about bird identification, meet local birders, and have fun. If you have binoculars and spotting scopes, feel free to bring them but we will also have some on hand for you to use. You can come for the whole day or just show up for an…

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January 2018
Free

Take a Kid Ice Fishing @ Pickerel Lake

January 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

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

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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April 2018
Free

Junior Ranger Day @ Mississippi River Visitor Center

April 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102

On Junior Ranger Day, explore the Mississippi River, its history and biology at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.  Earn your junior ranger by using our interactive exhibits.  Then, take your oath with the park’s superintendent and discuss how you will care the Mississippi.   Our exhibit space is free.  Parking is available in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s parking ramp.  Their parking fees vary from hourly to event-rate, depending on events in downtown.  Call the museum for details.  

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