Pontoon Tour (Members Only)
Jul
17
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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Nature Bathing at Coldwater Spring
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

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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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 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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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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Pontoon Tour (Members Only)
Jun
19
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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Canoe RAVE at North Mississippi Regional Park
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

Canoe RAVE at North Mississippi Regional Park

For this RAVE, we will explore the northern 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 meet near picnic shelter C at North Mississippi Regional Park, paddle out, land at River Park to do a service project, and then paddle back to where we started.

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Paddle Share Season Opener (RESCHEDULED)
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Paddle Share Season Opener (RESCHEDULED)

  • Mississippi River Paddle Share (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who have some kayaking experience, don’t own a boat, and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. This is a first of its kind in a national park and in the country.

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City Nature Challenge
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.

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Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis

Overrun features several MAISRC researchers and our ongoing work into preventing the upstream spread of Asian carp in the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Reserve your spot today! 

Reception + Program: Receive a copy of the book, a reception with hosted appetizers, beer, and wine, and a meet-and-greet with the author for only $30! Plus, enjoy free entrance to the Science Museum exhibits all day before the event.  Program only: Attending just the program is free of charge, but registration is required.

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Welcome Back The Herons
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

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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Loving Our Local Outdoors
Mar
7
to Apr 8

Loving Our Local Outdoors

You can help Mississippi River Paddle Share receive funding from REI every time you shop! When you make an in-store REI purchase as a member between March 7 and April 8, 2019 you will receive a token at the register. The token will count as your vote to let REI know how to invest $30,000 between three local stewardship projects, including Paddle Share!

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Working River Tour: Mpls Drinking Water Plant
Mar
6
8:00 AM08:00

Working River Tour: Mpls Drinking Water Plant

  • The Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Service (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever wonder how the water you drink every day gets to your tap? Join us for this unique tour of The Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Service(WTDS) located along the Mississippi River. WTDS produces safe, clean drinking water for people who work in, visit and live in Minneapolis. On this tour, you'll learn about the process of treating Mississippi River water and turning it into the drinkable water. Tour capacity is limited, so sign-up as soon as possible to secure your spot.

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Winter Survival Skills RAVE at Hidden Falls Regional Park
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Winter Survival Skills RAVE at Hidden Falls Regional Park

  • Hidden Falls Regional Park - North Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a national park, for a Survival RAVE! Participants will be helping to restore the floodplain and prairie ecosystems. This RAVE will challenge your outdoor skills (though no experience or previous knowledge is required). You’ll learn what it takes to make it outdoors in a Minnesota winter! Do some good while helping us to celebrate service, and our most special places – national parks! RAVEs are great for adults and kids over 10 years old. This is a free event for volunteers – your only ticket is your service to the river! Sign-up is required since we have limited spots.

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SOLD OUT - Winter Tree Identification Hike
Feb
15
1:00 PM13:00

SOLD OUT - Winter Tree Identification Hike

  • Hidden Falls Regional Park - North Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn the skills needed to identify trees during the winter months! We will go beyond leaves and learn how to use more consistent features (such as buds and leaf scars) that will continue to be helpful year-round for your identification needs. A hike through Hidden Falls Regional Park will provide us with plenty of trees to practice on.

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