Walk & Talk Series
New for 2018, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s Walk & Talk series is a small group exploration of Minneapolis parks, curated with our supporters in mind.
Even for the most avid parks user there are always new sights to see. This year, our Walk & Talk series will uncover four hidden gems that make our city so spectacular. Join us on-trail and off as we delve into the smallest details – bees and their brethren – and biggest ideas, like transforming the Mississippi Riverfront.
Groups are led by a coterie of local subject-matter and parks experts who will share with you their insights into these intriguing places. Read on to find the Walk & Talk that’s right for you – then RSVP via the contact information below.
RIVERFIRST RIVERFRONT TOUR
YOUR GUIDES: Tom Evers, Executive Director, and Bruce Chamberlain, Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate 3-mile walk on mostly paved trail
STATUS: Wait List; we’re considering additional tour dates
Get an insider’s view of how the Minneapolis Riverfront will soon transform through the most visionary parks-building effort in generations. You’ll learn about the storied history and exciting future of the Central Riverfront. Sights you’ll see include the Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, and the on-the-brink-of-construction Water Works park project.
JULY 18 • 8-10AM
CREEKSIDE POLLINATOR TOUR
YOUR GUIDE: MaryLynn Pulscher, Supervisor for Environmental Education, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy 2.5-mile roundtrip walk on mostly paved trail
STATUS: Wait List
You’ll bee busy discovering something new on this Walk & Talk featuring environmental educator MaryLynn Pulscher. She’ll share how Minneapolis Parks supports pollinators at many different scales, including the creation of bee habitat and flowering lawns, research partnerships with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, pollinator habitat mapping, and how best practices are incorporated into master planning and maintenance processes. You’ll start and end at one of the city’s most stunning and pollinator-friendly places – Longfellow Gardens. In between, you’ll meander along Minnehaha Creek to Lake Hiawatha and back.
AUGUST 7 • 5-7PM
SHINGLE CREEK TOUR
YOUR GUIDE: Bruce Chamberlain, Minneapolis Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy 2-mile roundtrip walk on paved trail
STATUS: Wait List
This eye-opening tour begins with a dip-your-toes visit to Webber Natural Swimming Pool, the first of its kind in North America. Then you’ll ramble along what is one of only two remaining “natural” creeks to still reach the Mississippi River – Shingle Creek. This bubbling brook’s waterfall isn’t the only surprise in store, as parks expert Bruce Chamberlain takes you on a journey to bygone days of Minneapolis and back. Before you return from this tour’s trek to the Mississippi, you’ll discover how the city’s first constructed pool was created by damming Shingle Creek and the origins of the creek’s name and connection to early industry, among other revelations.
SEPTEMBER 12 • 8-10AM
WINCHELL TRAIL TOUR
YOUR GUIDE: Matt Karl, Business & Administration Manager, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate 3.5-mile roundtrip hike on mostly unpaved trail with mixed terrain and steps
STATUS: Wait List
Hike a section of the Winchell Trail, along the west bank of the Mississippi River between 32nd St. and Franklin Ave. with amateur historian and naturalist, Matt Karl, who will provide a bit of historical context while you drink in colorful views of river. Discover the city’s “best beach” (according to a local newspaper), stand on the docks of the Minneapolis Rowing Club, hear the story of the first Lake St.-Marshall Ave. Bridge, and try to spot the remains of the old Meeker Island Lock and Dam. For most of the trail’s length, you will find yourself in the Mississippi River Gorge, below the level of West River Parkway and paved trails.
How to Register
Due to a tremendous response, all Walk & Talks are full. Please contact Christine to be added to a wait list.
For more information – or to suggest a topic or speaker for a future Walk & Talk – please contact:
Annual Fund & Events Manager
Shingle Creek, butterfly images courtesy MPRB