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.
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.
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.
August 10, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.