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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Welcome Back The Herons
Mar
23
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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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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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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Family Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca (Hastings)
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Family Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca (Hastings)

We supply the bait, poles, tackle, encouragement and instruction so all you need to do is show up and join us on the ice. We even drill the holes through which you fish, but you can drill your own if you wish! Be sure to join a ranger in a shelter and while warming up view the mysterious world below the ice through an underwater camera.

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Fireside Chat 2019 with Superintendent John Anfinson
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Fireside Chat 2019 with Superintendent John Anfinson

Sit down with Superintendent John Anfinson and Executive Director Katie Nyberg for a cup of hot cocoa and an informal chat with your fellow park supporters! Discuss the current state of the Mississippi River, what’s going on with the National Park Service, and what the future of parks might look like – specifically urban national parks like the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. 

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Family Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca (Hastings) - EVENT CANCELLED
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Family Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca (Hastings) - EVENT CANCELLED

We supply the bait, poles, tackle, encouragement and instruction so all you need to do is show up and join us on the ice. We even drill the holes through which you fish, but you can drill your own if you wish! Be sure to join a ranger in a shelter and while warming up view the mysterious world below the ice through an underwater camera.

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Working River Tour: Mpls Drinking Water Plant
Jan
23
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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Take a Kid Ice Fishing at Pickerel Lake - EVENT CANCELLED
Jan
19
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Kid Ice Fishing at Pickerel Lake - EVENT CANCELLED

Ice fishing is a quintessential Minnesota winter sport. Have you ever walked on a frozen lake? Fished through the ice? You can do that and more at our ice fishing events. On this day it isn’t even necessary for an adult to have a fishing license, as long as they are accompanied by a youth age 15 or younger.

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Tech Nature at MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge - CANCELLED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN
Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

Tech Nature at MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge - CANCELLED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presentation of different apps people can use to enjoy nature. Last half will be a chance to test out apps like iNaturalist or how take pictures with your smartphone and spotting scope. This free event is open to everyone, no registration required.

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Winter Trails Day
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Trails Day

Winter Trails Day is an annual winter festival open to people of all ages to come out and try a variety of winter activities for free!

Partners from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, REI, the National Park Service, Base Camp, Mississippi Park Connection, Wilderness Inquiry, Loppet Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service will come together to provide a range of activities including cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, snowshoeing, ice sculpting, fat tire biking, and more! ASL interpreters will be available.

Come out and celebrate the season with us!

This event is free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park ($7 for the day or $35 for the year).

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