REI Donation Supports Snowshoeing in National Park
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. The Bloomington REI store has donated their stock of rental snowshoes to the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area through the park's charitable partner, the Mississippi River Fund. Now snowshoeing has been added to the growing list of winter park programs that bring people to the Mississippi River in the depths of snow."We couldn't be happier about the record snowfall in the Twin Cities," says Katie Nyberg, executive director of the Mississippi River Fund. "Thanks to the generous donation from REI, more people will be able to enjoy winter recreation in the National Park." The Mississippi River Fund raises money to support the National Park's education, recreation, and stewardship programs.
"The Mississippi River Fund and the National Park Service have a proven track record for community engagement. We feel good knowing that people from all over the metro area will benefit from the snowshoes," says Mikaela Kramer, outreach specialist for REI.
Beginning this month, the National Park Service is offering geocaching on snowshoes, moonlight snowshoe hikes, and "Junior Ranger" snowshoe events. For a complete list of winter recreation events along the river, visit our schedule of events.
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.