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Mississippi Park Connection

Upcoming Events

May 2018
$25.00 - $2,500.00

Cocktails for the Canopy

May 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Crosby Farm Regional Park, 2595 Crosby Farm Rd
St. Paul, MN 55116 US

Plant for the Future The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is home to more than 500,000 ash trees. As emerald ash borer makes its way across the park, it will kill nearly all of the ash trees that line the river’s banks. Without support, this canopy will disappear in the next decade, forever changing the landscape, river quality, natural areas, and habitat for beloved wildlife. In preparation for this new reality, Mississippi Park Connection has launched Plant for the…

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June 2018
Free

Grand Old Day with the Raptor Center

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Patagonia St. Paul, 1648 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 US

Grand Old Day is Saint Paul’s first act of summer and the place to be on the first Sunday of June. They’ll be plenty of activities for the entire family to do on Grand Ave. With over 150 food vendors, family fun area, art district, and six festival gardens, this is a day you will not want to miss. Kick off the summer season with Grand Old Day! Stop by Patagonia – Saint Paul’s storefront to visit us with The…

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Free

Get Outdoors Day

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407 US

Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide celebration that provides opportunities for people to get outdoors and try new activities. Hosted in collaboration between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, REI, Minnesota Department of Resources (DNR), U.S. Forest Service, Tips Outdoors, and the City of Minneapolis, this year’s Get Outdoors Day will be full of free and fun activities to try.Join a canoe paddle on Powderhorn Lake, learn to fish, play camp games, go birding, get creative with nature crafts, try…

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Free

Visit National Park Service @ the Stone Arch Bridge Festival

June 16 @ 9:30 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center, 1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401 US

Visit the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam during the Stone Arch Bridge Festival this summer! National Park Service Rangers will provide free tours of the lock walls. Learn about the history of the place, the purpose of locks and dams, and river navigation. You’ll get a great view of the falls from the observation deck! The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
TBD, Hastings, MN 55033 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River! Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am. Specific location is TBD.

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Free

Public Habitat Restoration

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 US

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 your own water bottle. Visit the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural…

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Free

Pontoon Tour (Members-Only)

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harriet Island Park, 200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107 US

This event is for Mississippi Park Connection members-only. Come aboard the park’s pontoon boat on the Mississippi River! National Park Service Rangers will host a very small group aboard the park’s pontoon boat for a guided tour featuring beautiful scenery and fabulous birding on the Mississippi River. See eagles, herons and other birds that call the Mississippi home while taking in the beautiful scenery! Not yet a member? Need to know the status of your membership? Contact us at info@parkconnection.org…

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$15.00 - $18.00

Murder on the Mississippi

June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Padelford Packet Boat Company, Harriet Island Park200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107 US

Ticket Price (for the general): $18.00 Ticket Price (for members of Mississippi Park Connection): $15.00 Learn more about membership and how you can support the National Park Service here. Part social event, part theater production, and all aboard the Jonathan Padelford! Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in collaboration with Fearless Comedy Productions, brings an immersive murder mystery theatrical experience to life, Murder on the Mississippi. Cruise down the Mississippi River while enjoying a beverage, taking in gorgeous scenery, and helping to solve a murder mystery…

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am.

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Free

River Raft RAVE

June 30 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (West), 10360 West River Road
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444 US

River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs)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.Participants will also help remove invasive plant species that threaten the native plant ecosystems. Removing these plants prevents their spread and allows more diverse species to provide wildlife habitat and improve water quality in the river.This fun…

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July 2018
Free

Bike with a Ranger

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 5:45pm.

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Free

Pontoon Tour (Members-Only)

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harriet Island Park, 200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107 US

This event is for Mississippi Park Connection members-only. Come aboard the park’s pontoon boat on the Mississippi River! National Park Service Rangers will host a very small group aboard the park’s pontoon boat for a guided tour featuring beautiful scenery and fabulous birding on the Mississippi River. See eagles, herons and other birds that call the Mississippi home while taking in the beautiful scenery!Not yet a member? Need to know the status of your membership? Contact us at info@parkconnection.org and/or…

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$15.00 - $18.00

Murder on the Mississippi

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Padelford Packet Boat Company, Harriet Island Park200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107 US

Ticket Price (for the general): $18.00 Ticket Price (for members of Mississippi Park Connection): $15.00 Learn more about membership and how you can support the National Park Service here. Part social event, part theater production, and all aboard the Jonathan Padelford! Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in collaboration with Fearless Comedy Productions, brings an immersive murder mystery theatrical experience to life, Murder on the Mississippi. Cruise down the Mississippi River while enjoying a beverage, taking in gorgeous scenery, and helping to solve a murder mystery…

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Free

Canoe RAVE

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mississippi West Regional Park, 13900 Traprock Street NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 US

River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs) 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 offer tours of canoe-access campsites on islands adjacent to Mississippi West Regional Park. Participants will also help remove invasive plant species that threaten the native plant ecosystems. Removing these plants prevents their spread…

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am.

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August 2018
Free

Bike with a Ranger

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am.

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Free

Pontoon Tour (Members-Only)

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harriet Island Park, 200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55107 US

This event is for Mississippi Park Connection members-only. Come aboard the park’s pontoon boat on the Mississippi River! National Park Service Rangers will host a very small group aboard the park’s pontoon boat for a guided tour featuring beautiful scenery and fabulous birding on the Mississippi River. See eagles, herons and other birds that call the Mississippi home while taking in the beautiful scenery!Not yet a member? Need to know the status of your membership? Contact us at info@parkconnection.org and/or…

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Free

Canoe RAVE

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lions Levee Park, West 7th Avenue
Saint Paul Park, MN 55071 US

River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs)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.Participants will also help remove invasive plant species that threaten the native plant ecosystems. Removing these plants prevents their spread and allows more diverse species to provide wildlife habitat and improve water quality in the river.This fun…

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Free

Bike with a Ranger

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
TBD, Hastings, MN 55033 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am.Specific location is TBD.

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September 2018
Free

Bike with a Ranger

September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415 US

Join a National Park Service Ranger on bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. Explore the natural history of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and how our attitudes and behaviors about water affect the river’s character. Registration is required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive by 5:45pm.

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Free

Public Habitat Restoration

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), 113th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 US

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 your own water bottle. Visit the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) webpage for a map…

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Free

National Public Lands Day

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Minneapolis, MN 55111 US

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! Volunteers must be age 8 or older. This is a rain or shine event.Event…

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