Walk & Talk Series

Even for the most avid parks user there are always new sights to see. In 2018, we introduced small group explorations of Minneapolis parks that uncovered four hidden gems that make our city so spectacular. Dozens of parks supporters joined us on-trail and off as we delved into the smallest details – bees and their brethren – and biggest ideas, like transforming the Mississippi Riverfront.

The 2018 Walk & Talk season has passed, but we’re busy planning new events for 2019. Tune-in again in 2019 to see what’s in store for next spring and summer.

2018 Walk & Talks

JUNE 21 • 2-4PM

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: Completed

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

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: Completed

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

YOUR GUIDE: Bruce Chamberlain, Minneapolis Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy 2-mile roundtrip walk on paved trail
STATUS: Completed

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.


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: Completed

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.


For more information – or to suggest a topic or speaker for a future Walk & Talk – please contact:

Christine Moir
Annual Fund & Events Manager
612.354.7513 direct

Shingle Creek, butterfly images courtesy MPRB