Walk & Talk Series
Our popular series returns in 2019 with new locations and topics that reveal fresh ways to see our parks – and yourself in them.
This year, you’ll find wildlife on the wing, artistic wonders aplenty, and get a sneak-peek of what’s in store for the Central Riverfront – hint, it’s the groundbreaking new destination park near the Stone Arch Bridge.
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.
2019 Walk & Talks
Birdwatching in Wirth Park
May 17 • 8-10am
Your Guide: Jamie McBride, Statewide Program Consultant, MN DNR
Activity Level: Moderate 3.5-mile round trip hike on a variety of surfaces including gravel, grass, and paved trail
Join enthusiastic birdwatcher Jamie McBride to look for and listen to spring songbirds as they travel on their annual migration. For 16 years, Jamie led naturalist programs for the Minneapolis Park Board, where he developed a deep knowledge of the wildlife in our city’s abundant natural areas and honed his skill as a guide. On this walk, you’ll be near Wirth Lake and Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes IBA (Important Bird Area).
RiverFirst Riverfront Tour
June 25 • 5-7pm
Your Guides: Tom Evers, Executive Director, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and Bruce Chamberlain, FASLA, RiverFirst Consultant
Activity Level: Easy 3-mile walk on mostly paved trail and sidewalk
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.
& Loring Park Tour
August 6 • 3-5pm
Your Guide: Paul Bauknight, Project Implementation Director, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Activity Level: Easy 2-mile walk on paved trail and grass
Architect and art-lover Paul Bauknight will guide you on a tour he first gave as an instructor with the University of Minnesota College of Design. You’ll delve into the unique urban design that connects Nicollet Mall to Loring Park and the Sculpture Garden – establishing a world-class public space on par with those in New York and Paris. Along the way, discuss the sculpture and its role in the public commons and discover stories behind Loring Park, one of the earliest parks in the Minneapolis system.
How to Register
For more information, to register, or suggest a topic or speaker for a future Walk & Talk – please contact:
Annual Fund & Events Manager
Cedar waxwing & Sculpture Garden images courtesy MPRB