Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

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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. Fireside Chat with the National Park Service

    Fireside Chat with the National Park Service

    111 E Kellogg Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55101
    Call: (651) 291-8164

    Discuss the current state of the Mississippi River, habitat restoration efforts, 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.

    This event will be held at NPS Headquarters in downtown Saint Paul, overlooking the river.

    Registration is required due to limited capacity. If you can no longer attend, kindly cancel your registration so that others may come. Thank you!

  2. Tech Nature with the National Park Service

    Tech Nature with the National Park Service

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

    There are a million apps available for smartphones and now there are many apps specifically for enjoying nature or engaging in citizen science projects. Join a national park ranger to learn more about how to find and identify wildlife, report your sightings and even take pictures and video all with the amazing smartphone in your pocket.

    Bring your phones and unlock some of the secret powers your phone carries to give you a great day outdoors. The program will start with a brief presentation then move along to testing out photography at the feeders. If you have a spotting scope, bring it along.

    Come learn more about how you can leverage technology to make the most of your experience outdoors! This free event is open to everyone, no registration needed.

  3. Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring

    Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring

    5601 Minnehaha Park Dr S
    Minneapolis, MN 55111
    Call: (651) 291-9119

    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 in to a snowshoe hike, weather permitting!

    River Action Volunteer Events are a fun way to discover your river, while acting as a steward on behalf of this beautiful national park in your backyard. All RAVEs couple a recreational activity with a restoration project. Explore the river, learn about significant wildlife and cultural features, and do some good!

    RAVEs are great for adults and kids over 12 years old. No experience needed. This is a free event for volunteers – your only ticket is your service to the river! Space is limited and registration is required.

  4. Winter RAVE at Katharine Ordway Field Station

    Winter RAVE at Katharine Ordway Field Station

    9550 Inver Grove Trail
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
    Call: (651) 291-9119

    Join us at Katharine Ordway Field Station 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 in to a snowshoe hike, weather permitting!

    These lands have been set aside by Macalester College for biological and environmental education, research, and the protection and management of natural environments. This RAVE grants you exclusive access to this uniquely protected area.

    River Action Volunteer Events are a fun way to discover your river, while acting as a steward on behalf of this beautiful national park in your backyard. All RAVEs couple a recreational activity with a restoration project. Explore the river, learn about significant wildlife and cultural features, and do some good!

    RAVEs are great for adults and kids over 12 years old. No experience needed. This is a free event for volunteers – your only ticket is your service to the river! Space is limited and registration is required.

  5. Winter Survival RAVE at Crosby Farm Regional Park

    Winter Survival RAVE at Crosby Farm Regional Park

    2595 Crosby Farm Rd
    St Paul, MN 55116
    Call: (651) 291-9119

    Join us in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a national park, for a survival RAVE! You will be helping restore the floodplain and prairie ecosystems. This RAVE will challenge your outdoor skills like fire building and shelter making (though no experience or previous knowledge is required). You'll learn what it takes to make it outdoors in a Minnesota winter! RAVEs are great for adults and kids over 12 years old. This is a free event for volunteers - your only ticket is your service to the river!

    Space is limited and registration is required.

    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.

  6. Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park

    Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling State Park

    101 Snelling Lake Rd
    Saint Paul, MN 55111
    Call: (651) 293-0200

    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. Make sure to take a break and enjoy a cup of complimentary hot coco in between activities!

    ice-fishing
    cross-country skiing
    snowshoeing
    fat tire biking
    kayak racing
    winter hiking
    archery
    camp games
    and (s')more

    The event is happening snow or shine, so bundle up and join us for this great Minnesota winter get together. Visit parkconnection.org/events for up-to-date information.

    This event is free and open to everyone, however vehicles require a Minnesota State Park permit; $7 for the day or $35 for the year.

    Winter Trails Day is made possible by a partnership between Minnesota DNR, REI, the National Park Service, Base Camp, Northern Star Council, BSA, Mississippi Park Connection, Wilderness Inquiry, The Loppet Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

  7. Winter Tree Identification Hike

    Winter Tree Identification Hike

    2595 Crosby Farm Rd.
    St Paul, MN 55116
    Call: (651) 291-9119

    Come 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 Crosby Farm Regional Park will provide us with plenty of trees to practice on.

    Make sure to bundle up and be ready for winter weather. Good boots are a must!

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