Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Mounds Park Walk & Talk -- Burial Mounds, River History & Landscape Revival

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 — 5:30-7:00 pm
Indian Mounds Park, Blufftop, St. Paul

Indian Mounds Park is well known for its views — and with continued volunteer support, we look forward to it also being known for its role in supporting our local wildlife and clean waters.

The area surrounding Mounds Park is as rich in history as it is beautiful. Join towboat pilot Hokan Miller, environmental scientist Michael Nevala and staff from Friends of the Mississippi River for a walk and talk along the bluffs overlooking the river and downtown St. Paul.

From this vantage point, much of the river’s history can be visualized — powerful geologic forces, American Indian burial mounds, tales of early explorers, the historic harbor and today’s busy working river. While its history is grand, this iconic park's ecological health suffered for many years, resulting in loss of habitat for urban wildlife as well as increased erosion. After exploring the riverbluff park's past, we'll consider its future. FMR staff will discuss the ecology of the site and highlight recent restoration activities at the blufftop prairie, including removing invasive species and planting native shrubs, grasses and wildflowers with Harding High School Earth Club and FMR volunteers.

Please note that this event begins earlier than most, due to October sunset times. While we encourage participants to arrive promptly if possible, we understand that many of you may be coming directly from work and other responsibilties. Not to worry -- the first ten minutes of the tour will take place right at the meeting spot, followed by a leisurely walk along the length of the park; if you need to arrive a few minutes late, you will still be able to find us and join the remainder of the tour!

Ready to register?

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and registration required. To sign up, contact FMR Event Registrar Lindsay Hefferan via the contact form (please select "Volunteering" under "Category") or, 651-222-2193 x24. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email and additional details, such as directions and what to wear, from Lindsay within, at most, a week. If you have earthlink or an active SPAM filter, please add her email address to your contacts to ensure receipt.

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Thank you program partners Capitol Region Watershed District, City of Saint Paul, National Park Service, McNeely Foundation, REI, and Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund!
Preregistration is required as capacity is limited.