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50,000 Students Served on Floating Classroom

September 16, 2011

On September 20, 2011, the 50,000th student will board a riverboat for "Big River Journey." Media are invited to join us on this important day. Students on Big River Journey cruise the Mississippi River between Harriet Island, St. Paul, and Fort Snelling State Park, enjoying on-board and land-based science learning stations. Led and begun by the National Park Service's Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Big River Journey is a partnership with eight additional groups.

Make Minnesota Farmwise a Success!

August 26, 2011

The MN Idea Open is a grant-making competition focused on creative ideas to solve water issues in Minnesota. Our idea is the Minnesota FarmWise program. This program will partner experienced water-friendly farmers with participating farmers to expand farmer-to-farmer education about water-friendly practice good for production goals and environmental goals. Join us in making the Minnesota FarmWise program a success by voting for our proposal.

Asian Carp In the Mississippi

August 11, 2011

Asian carp are moving north up the Mississippi River. Because of their potential to disrupt the ecosystems of rivers and lakes, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is working on a plan to stop them as far down stream as possible.

Willow Tree at Camp Coldwater to be Removed

August 10, 2011

After great consideration, the National Park Service has decided to remove the willow tree, located at Camp Coldwater. The provided documentation outlines the recommendations of the U.S. Forest Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for identifying and handling hazard trees.

North Mississippi Regional Park Heron Rookery Destroyed (Update)

May 22, 2011

The same storm system that devastated communities
in north Minneapolis heavily damaged the popular heron rookery in North Mississippi Regional Park this past weekend. As many as 180 herons were killed and approximately 36 nests destroyed by the storm. National Park Service staff members worked with a recovery team to extract wounded herons from the island and survey storm damage. See links for additional coverage.

MNRRA Photo Album (Facebook)

Minnesota Public Radio

KSTP Video Coverage

Pioneer Press

StarTribune

Public Open House for Mississippi River Cleanup Plan

April 7, 2011

The National Park Service and Friends of the Mississippi River are co-hosting a public open house on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's recently released clean-up plan. The event will be held Wednesday, May 4th, from 3:30-7:30p.m. at the Merriam Park Library in St. Paul.

Volunteers Build Canoes for Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures

March 17, 2011

Visit the NorthWest Canoe Company (NWC) during a volunteer work time and you will hear the rhythmic sound of sanding and scraping punctuated by bursts of conversation and laughing. Volunteers with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area are building three voyager style canoes for use in the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures programs.

Coon Rapids Regional Dam Commission Report Posted

March 3, 2011

The Coon Rapids Regional Dam (CRRD) Commission has published its recommendations regarding future options for Coon Rapids Dam. The commission was established by the 2010 Minnesota legislature and included community representatives, elected officials and representatives from federal, state and local agencies. The Park Service participated in the discussions as a non-voting member. Our comments are included as part of the full report.

REI Donation Supports Snowshoeing in National Park

January 6 2011

A recent donation from REI of more than 100 pairs of snowshoes finds our local National Park Rangers creating new opportunities to get people to the Mississippi River during the winter months.

Anfinson new Chief of Resource Mangement

December 15, 2010

John O. Anfinson has been named the new Chief of Resource Management for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA).

Coca-Cola Grants $25,000 to Mississippi National River and Recreation Area for Mobile Park Unit

August 24, 2010

Through the Coca-Cola America Is Your Park campaign, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area was presented with a $25,000 grant to help purchase a mobile park unit.

Inaugural Cache In Trash Out Event a Success!

August 21, 2010

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area hosted its first ever Cache In Trash Out event, calling on geocachers to pitch in and help restore the floodplain forest habitat at Crosby Farm Regional Park.

It Was a Busy Spring!

It was a busy spring at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, full of great events, anniversaries and good news! Mississippi River Forum has been a public success, we kicked off an annual tradition for National Park Week, put National Train Day on track as an annual event in the Twin Cities and had a volunteer recognized at the national level.

Holly Marsh Wins National Hartzog Award

May 3, 2010

Holly Marsh, a volunteer with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, is the winner of the 2009 national George B. Hartzog Award in the Youth division. This annual award honors a young person who has provided outstanding volunteer contributions to the National Park System.

Bald Eagle Nest Survey Completed

March 18, 2011

Chances are high that you've seen a bald eagle along the Mississippi recently. The National Park Service is studying bald eagles to determine the persistence of various chemicals in the upper Mississippi River, the Saint Croix and the Apostle Islands. These studies provide insight into how many eagles are here, and the health of the river and related ecosystems.

National Park Service Announces Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Bureau of Mines (Coldwater) Property

December 11, 2009

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposition of the Bureau of Mines, Twin Cities Research Center has been completed and is available to the public.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Develops a Multi-modal Transportation Plan

December 8, 2009

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area's Alternative Transportation Plan (ATP) will identify how to connect non-motorized, transit opportunities along the Park's 72-mile long corridor with existing and proposed transit facilities on both sides of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities metro area.

Waterbird Survey on the Upper Mississippi River

November 18, 2009

The survey is a multi-year study of migratory waterbirds along the upper Mississippi River and a partnership of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Mississippi River Fund and the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Minnesota's National Park Legacy

October 4, 2009

Continuing the theme of Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" is Minnesota's National Park Legacy, a short public television documentary which explores the foundations of Minnesota's national parks, along with their educational and recreational opportunities.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

October 3, 2009

On Friday, October 16th the National Park Service and Trips for Kids will team up for a youth mountain biking event at Battle Creek Regional Park. The event is a great opportunity for youth to enjoy their nearest national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Park rangers will provide information about the park`s plants and animals.

Minnesota's National Park Legacy to Premiere at Bell Museum

September 24, 2009

Be among the first to preview Minnesota's National Park Legacy, a locally produced film about the legacy and national significance of Minnesota's national parks. The event will be held at the Bell Museum of Natural History on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

Mississippi River Challenge 2009

July 24, 2009

Join river enthusiasts and National Park Service rangers on and along the river this weekend at the Mississippi River Challenge 2009. This paddle first began in 2004 by Friends of the Mississippi River to appreciate and protect the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. The one or two day event starts this Saturday, July 25th.

Mississippi River Trail Grand Opening
(Update with Photographs)

June 15, 2009

The grand opening of the Minnesota section of the Mississippi River Trail and the newly remodeled City House will take place on June 6, 2009. After the celebration the National Park Service will host a 9-mile Bike to a Ranger ride along the Mississippi River.

BioBlitz 2009

June 14, 2009

Join teams of scientists and volunteers of all ages on June 12-13 from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for the 2009 BioBlitz. Teams of biologists and volunteers will fan out across St. Paul's Crosby Farm Regional Park to identify and catalog as many species of plants, animals, lichens, fungi as possible within an intensive 24-hour survey.

National Park Service to Kick-off Mississippi River Forum

March 25, 2009

Join others whose work influences the Mississippi River in Minnesota on Friday, April 24, 2009. Learn about issues impacting the Mississippi, and make sure other decision makers understand your perspective! This half-day workshop is a kick-off event for the Mississippi River Forum.

Did You Know?

Itasca, Headwaters of the Mississippi River

The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.