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  • The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located in the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul.

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  1. Bike with a Ranger for Go4Life Month

    Bike with a Ranger for Go4Life Month

    200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
    Saint Paul, MN 55107
    Call: (651) 293-0200

    This is a free event and registration is required since there are limited spots. Please register at http://parkconnection.org/event/bwr-go4life-2018/

    Are you 50+ and a fan of the Great Outdoors? Is biking your thing? If so, join us on September 26th for a special edition of Bike with a Ranger! In celebration of Go4Life Month, the National Park Service will lead a bike tour starting (and ending) at Harriet Island in Saint Paul. The tour will involve learning about this beautiful national park on the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities. Go4Life materials will be distributed at the end of the ride to help you find fun and exciting ways to stay active year-round. Please bring your own bike and helmet to the event.

    Go4Life is a campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH that encourages older adults to fit exercise and physical activity into their everyday lives. Go4Life Month happens annually in September and it is a time when Go4Life partners engage older adults in activities that highlight the benefits of regular exercise for healthy aging.

    If you have questions, please contact Park Ranger Kyle Just at kyle_just@nps.gov.

  2. Illuminate the Lock 2018: Returning the River

    Illuminate the Lock 2018: Returning the River

    1 Portland Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (651) 291-8164

    Doors at 8pm with performance at 8:30pm. Seating is limited and first come, first served. The event is free and open to the public!

    A night of poetry, projection, and music illuminates a future where both rivers and people are liberated, where we celebrate wildness, and where we practice reciprocal relationships between all bodies of water, including one another's.

    Returning the River tells the story of a daughter born into a time of walls whose life is intrinsically linked to the life of a paddlefish. Participants will take in visual projections on the water by Mike Hoyt, a soundscape composed by Dameun Strange and a libretto by Molly Van Avery sung and spoken by performers above and below the lock chamber. Come listen and sing along. Hold water drawn up from below, imbue it with blessings for descendants, and then pour it back into the river to make its way towards liberation. Presented as part of Illuminate the Lock by Northern Lights.mn, Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service with support from St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

  3. National Public Lands Day 2018

    National Public Lands Day 2018

    13690 Pine Bend Trail
    Rosemount, MN 55068
    Call: (651) 291-8164

    Lend a hand restoring our national park in beautiful Spring Lake Park Reserve! Our project will be planting to enhance habitat and improve water quality. We are excited to put this event on in partnership with REI and our friends at Dakota County Parks. 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.

    This is a free event and open to the public, but there are limited spots. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-public-lands-day-spring-lake-park-reserve-tickets-45450784520

    The event will take place at the Archery Range trailhead at 13690 Pine Bend Trail Rosemount, MN 55068. Please look for event signs! Directions are available at https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parksTrails/SpringLake/Pages/lower-spring-lake-park-map.aspx

    If you have questions about this volunteer event, please contact Mary Hammes, Environmental Stewardship and Volunteer Manager, at volunteer@parkconnection.org and/or (651) 291-9119.

  4. Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

    Tech Nature @ MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

    3815 American Blvd E
    Bloomington, MN 55425
    Call: (651) 293-0200

    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.

    If you have questions about this event please email Ranger Sharon at sharon_stiteler@nps.gov.

  5. Tree Planting at Burns Ave Scenic Overlook

    Tree Planting at Burns Ave Scenic Overlook

    Call: (651) 291-8164

    Join us for a tree planting event on September 27th at Burns Ave Scenic Overlook. We’re transplanting trees from the gravel bed nurseries to the park in order to build resilience in forested areas that will be losing tree canopy to emerald ash borer, an invasive pest.

    This event is free and open to the public. There are limited spots and registration is required.

    Please note: Burns Ave Scenic Overlook does not have a specific address associated with it on Google Maps. We’ve provided the latitude and longitude GPS coordinates in the address section. The Overlook appears as “St Paul, MN 55106” when you do an internet search — Here's the link to view it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/hoPeKGaeoVn

    If you have questions about this volunteer event, please contact Mary Hammes, Environmental Stewardship and Volunteer Manager, at volunteer@parkconnection.org and/or (651) 291-9119.

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