Field Trips and Tours

Take a van tour of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.  Lead by National Park Service park rangers and naturalists, we will visit the floodplain forest, the historic city of Mendota, Historic Fort Snelling, and the beautiful Minnehaha waterfall.  We will also make stops at various points related to native mussel restoration and Asian carp invasion.  Meets at the RiverCentre. View the trip route
For more information or to sign up contact Mike Seider

Tour of the St Anthony Falls Laboratory    Friday, August 24, 2012                    

9:00 am to 11:30 am

Participants with an interest in stream geomorphology and ecology will enjoy the opportunity to tour the Outdoor StreamLab (OSL) located at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) at the University of Minnesota. This unique state of the art facility provides the control characteristic of laboratory experiments in a field-scale outdoor setting, offering the unique opportunity to conduct full-scale experiments on the physical, chemical, and biological interactions between a channel, its floodplain, and vegetation. Because both water and sediment input can be controlled, this facility provides the means to conduct experiments and observe results that cannot be captured in an indoor flume or on a smaller scale.
Specifically, the OSL is being used to:

  • o Quantify physical, chemical, and biological processes from microscopic to reach scales
  • o Conduct hydrological and ecological field-scale experiments under controlled conditions
  • o Verify emerging environmental restoration, monitoring, and renewable-energy-generating technologies
  • o Enable highly visible formal and informal education.

Participants will also be able to visit the only waterfall on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. Bus transportation from the RiverCentre will be provided.
For more information or to sign up, contact Brian Nerbonne.

Bike along the Mississippi River with a Park Ranger         Friday, August 24, 2012    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Circle the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers on a 14 mile loop.  Lead by National Park Service
park rangers and naturalists, riders will see the floodplain forest, the historic city of Mendota, Historic Fort Snelling, and the beautiful Minnehaha waterfall.  Beginning and ending at the Boy Scouts’ Base Camp, near the Minneapolis Airport, the group will also make stops at various points related to native mussel restoration and Asian carp invasion.  This route is almost exclusively on paved trails and an easy ride even for most people.  Bikes and helmets will be provided.  Transportation provided from the RiverCentre.