Winter Trails Day 2020
Jan
11
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Trails Day 2020

Winter Trails Day is an annual winter festival for people of all ages to enjoy fun, free winter activities at Fort Snelling State Park. All equipment will be provided by our partners, with outdoor enthusiasts on hand for demonstrations and assistance.

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Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring
Jan
25
12:30 PM12:30

Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring

Join us at Coldwater Spring, a beautiful oak savanna prairie near the Mississippi River, for this special winter RAVE (River Action Volunteer Event). Help with invasive plant management, followed by a guided hike to the river with a park ranger. We may turn this into a snowshoe hike, weather permitting!

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Welcome Back The Herons
Mar
28
1:00 PM13:00

Welcome Back The Herons

Great blue herons start returning to their rookery on the Mississippi River toward the end of March. Join Park Ranger Sharon at Marshall Terrace Park in Minneapolis as we watch them rebuild nests and do a little flirting. If we are lucky, we might see the resident peregrine falcons fly over, as well as migrating ducks like buffleheads and goldeneye.

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Working River Tour: Upper River Services (SOLD OUT)
Oct
2
8:15 AM08:15

Working River Tour: Upper River Services (SOLD OUT)

How many semi trucks worth of cargo can fit on a single barge? How are the barges cleaned and repaired? What is the environmental impact of moving goods on the river? Get all of your burning barge related questions answered while checking out the shipyards, meeting the crew, and riding down the river on a towboat!

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Pontoon Tour (Members Only)
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Pontoon Tour (Members Only)

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!

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Sunset on the Lock: Chalk the Lock
Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Sunset on the Lock: Chalk the Lock

  • Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sunset on the Lock is the only chance to experience the best of Minnesota summer nights in one of the most picturesque locations in the Twin Cities, the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. World renowned chalk artists Shawn McCann and Kimberly Wood will be creating chalk art installations while Urban Sketchers Twin Cities will be on hand to inspire you to try your hand at sketching.

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Bike with a Ranger at Harriet Island Regional Park (RESCHEDULED)
Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Bike with a Ranger at Harriet Island Regional Park (RESCHEDULED)

A National Park Service ranger will lead this group bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. We’ll be taking a moderate, 9-mile ride from Harriet Island along the river and back up Shepard Road. Come explore the natural, cultural, and historic significance of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul.

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Nature Bathing at Coldwater Spring
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

Nature Bathing at Coldwater Spring

Nature and Forest Therapy, or Forest Bathing, is a different kind of immersion in nature than you may have experienced in the past – our walks are not fitness hikes, they are not naturalist-led point-and-name tours, nor are they psychotherapy in a natural setting. Instead, our walks are most like guided walking meditation, paired with tactile attention to and connection with Nature.

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Bike with a Ranger at The Commons (Minneapolis)
Aug
1
1:00 PM13:00

Bike with a Ranger at The Commons (Minneapolis)

A National Park Service ranger will lead this group bike ride with stops along the way to learn about our national park on the Mississippi River. We’ll be taking a moderate, 9-mile ride from Harriet Island along the river and back up Shepard Road. Come explore the natural, cultural, and historic significance of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul.

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