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  • Fall Colors Walk with DNR Naturalist - Fort Snelling State Park (Southwest)

    Join DNR Naturalist Kao Thao at Fort Snelling State Park for a fall walk -- the time of the year when green chlorophylls dwindles away and leaves are showing their true colors. Kao will discuss the changing colors, plant species found within the park, history, geology, wildlife and share stories past and present. Meeting Place: Fort Snelling State Park, Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center and trails. Meet at the Visitor Center Amphitheater. Our walk will be 1-1.5 miles. Address: 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul MN 55111. *The entrance to Fort Snelling State Park is on highway 5 and Post Road (Adjacent to the MSP International Airport). DO NOT go to the Historic Fort Snelling (Bloomington Road). Keep in mind that it will take at least 10-15 minutes to drive from the park’s entrance building (Contact Station) to the Visitor Center. NOTE: State Park entrance fee ($7 daily) is not included in class fee. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Fly Fishing: Introduction (Southwest)

    Go Fly Fishing with Derrick Hanson from "Fish the Driftless"! This five-hour course includes both dry land and on-the-water fishing. Day begins with a one-hour introduction to fly fishing where your instructor will provide an overview of the basics of fly fishing. You’ll discuss the gear, flies, and learn to tie common fishing knots. Following the class is a thirty-minute dry land casting lesson where you’ll learn and practice the basic overhead fly cast. Following the casting lesson, you’ll get fitted with waders/boots and hit the stream where you’ll have the chance to put everything you learned into practice. Location: Wisconsin, 1-1:30 hr drive from Twin Cities (exact location will be communicated to students prior to event). Cost Per Person: $175 (Plus, one day WI fishing license and trout stamp @ $25) NOTE: Space is limited to 6 participants. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Gai Noi Private Tasting Dinner & Stories with Chef Ann Ahmed - Sept. 30 (Southwest)

    Inspired by her travels and the culinary tradition and landscape of her ancestors, Chef Ann Ahmed invites you to join her on a culinary tour of Laos, by way of story and meal, on the enclosed, tropical inspired Rooftop at Gai Noi. This communal, family-style dining experience will feature an immersive, multi-dish, three-course menu that captures the essence and vibrancy of Laotian cuisine, and will be accompanied by conversation and story with Chef Ann. Please note that to maintain the cultural integrity and authenticity of the cuisine, we regretfully cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies. Beverages will be available for purchase. Includes dinner and gratuity. NOTE: Ann is nominated for James Beard Award - Best Chef Midwest. Gai Noi is located at 1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Historic Nicollet Island Walking Tour (Southwest)

    Nicollet Island may be most widely known as home to the Grain Belt Beer sign, re-lit in 2017. But the island's greatest claim to fame is as the site of the first bridge anywhere to cross the Mississippi River, in 1865. The following year, a referendum that would have made the island a public park failed. Instead the island developed as a microcosm of the city, with its own industrial, commercial and residential zones. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, the city succeeded in making much of the island into parkland after all. The tour takes in the entire 40-acre island, from the south tip overlooking St. Anthony Falls to the intact 19th century neighborhood at the north tip. Meet at . NOTE: This tour is @ 1 mile. There is one set of steps (just a few) and a gravel path that might be hard for a wheelchair on part of it, otherwise the route is accessible If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
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    Japanese 1 ONLINE * SUMMER SESSION (Southwest)

    NOTE: Please note this class is being held on Mondays. Learn the basics of conversational Japanese, including greetings, numbers and practical conversational skills useful when traveling to Japan. Key to Language Class Levels
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    Japanese 2 ONLINE * SUMMER SESSION (Southwest)

    NOTE: Please note that this class is taking place on Mondays. Explore simple sentences, conjugating verbs and counting and discussing Japanese culture. Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or prior experience. Key to Language Class Levels
  • Marc Heu Patisserie Paris Tasting & Demo with Chef Marc Heu (Southwest)

    desc. coming Includes tasting buffet and gratuity. NOTE: Chef Marc is nominated for James Beard Award - Best Pastry Chef Midwest. Marc Hue Patisserie Paris is located at 156 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55102. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Mat Pilates 1* SUMMER SESSION - ONLINE (Southwest)

    Improve your flexibility, strength, control and endurance. Pilates puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance.
  • Mat Pilates 2 * SUMMER SESSION - ONLINE (Southwest)

    Advance in your Pilates discipline through the practice of new movements to increase your strength, control and stamina. Try new challenging positions that involve multiple points of focus and control. Prerequisite: Pilates 1 or previous experience.
  • Mill City Farmers Market Tour, Cooking Demo & Sampling (Southwest)

    Join MPS Community Education on Saturday, September 7th for a behind-the-scenes tour and conversation with Ella Daniels, the new Executive Director of the Mill City Farmers Market. We'll meet in front of Farmers Bar + Kitchen at 9:30 am and walk through the farmers market with Ella Daniels, learning about the market’s vendors and programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Mill City Cooks, a live cooking demonstration and food sampling program offered every first and third weekend at the Mill City Farmers Market. Following the tour, there will be a brief Q&A inside the Mill City Museum Rail Corridor focused on MCFM's mission and impact, including Next Stage Grants, which has provided over $395,000 in micro-grants to local, sustainable farmers and food producers since 2013. Afterward, each attendee will receive $10 in market tokens and are welcome to shop and enjoy the rest of the morning at the market! Space is limited. Group meets at 9:30 am in front of Farmers Kitchen + Bar located at 750 S 2nd St Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Minnehaha Falls Walking Tour (Southwest)

    Creation of Minnehaha Falls, the Dakotas, explorers, soldiers, tourists, celebrities, neighbors, poets, millers, politicians, celebrants, artists, musicians, wild animals, carnivals, children, Scandinavians, foodies, churches, activists, governors, runners, a hermit and even more will be revealed on this ¾ mile walk through Minnehaha Falls Park. Maureen Trepp, long time resident and Mpls. historian, will share the history of the land, culture, and people who have lived in and enjoyed this unique and much visited public park. Group will meet at the bridge over the top of Minnehaha Falls at 6:30 for a 1 ½ hour tour. There are 2 Blue light rail line stops near the park and parking in a pay lot on the north end of the park. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Mississippi River Scenic Boat Cruise - July 27 (Southwest)

    The elegant Minneapolis Queen paddle-wheeler is a perfect way to experience the history of beautiful downtown Minneapolis. Join us for this narrated cruise along the Mississippi River. Beverages will be available to purchase on board the boat. 1:30 PM-Boarding 2:00 PM-Departure from Bohemian Flats Park 3:30 PM-Approximate Return Time Meet at Bohemian Flats Park. Address: 2150 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55454 . Pay parking lot is available. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist. We will contact you if a spot becomes available.
  • Mississippi River Scenic Boat Cruise - Sept 15 (Southwest)

    The elegant Minneapolis Queen paddle-wheeler is a perfect way to experience the history of beautiful downtown Minneapolis. Join us for this narrated cruise along the Mississippi River. Beverages will be available to purchase on board the boat. 1:30 PM-Boarding 2:00 PM-Departure from Bohemian Flats Park 3:30 PM-Approximate Return Time Meet at Bohemian Flats Park. Address: 2150 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55454 . Pay parking lot is available. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist. We will contact you if a spot becomes available.
  • Moon River Cruise on the Mississippi (Southwest)

    Come experience the romance of the Mississippi on a singular cruise featuring a fabulous combo that brings all of the classic love songs in the Great American songbook to life. As you drift along the river you can relax and enjoy the music and watch the moon from the deck. There may even be an opportunity to perform a number yourself! Plus, you'll learn about the history and lore of some the nations most cherished songs sung by some of the most legendary crooners. Meet at the Watergate Marina, 2500 Crosby Farm Road, Saint Paul Minnesota, 55116. Crosby Farm Road is at the intersection of Shepherd Road and Gannon Road. Transportation to the Watergate Marina is on your own. Beverages will be available to purchase on board the boat. You may bring your own food. Note: There is a ramp down to boat. Lower level of boat is enclosed and accessible to all. Ages 21+. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitlist. If enough interest, we will try to schedule a second cruise.
  • Mushroom Hunting for Beginners (Southwest)

    Discover the world of mushrooms in this 3-hour hands-on beginner mushroom hunting hike with Ironwood Foraging Co. Lead Guide, Tim Clemens. You'll learn how to find and safely identify edible wild mushrooms. Mushroom hunting equipment, mushroom identification skills, fungal biology, mushroom recipes, and resources to continue your learning will all be covered. Location is within one hour of Minneapolis and will be emailed to attendees prior to the workshop. Walking distance ~1-3 miles. NOTE: Location is within one hour of Minneapolis. Location details will be emailed the Monday prior to the workshop. If we go to a State Park, that there will be an additional $7 Daily/$35 annual vehicle entry permit needed that can be purchased at the State Park entrance office. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Mushroom Hunting for Beginners (Southwest)

    Discover the world of mushrooms in this 3-hour hands-on beginner mushroom hunting hike with Ironwood Foraging Co. Lead Guide, Tim Clemens. You'll learn how to find and safely identify edible wild mushrooms. Mushroom hunting equipment, mushroom identification skills, fungal biology, mushroom recipes, and resources to continue your learning will all be covered. Location is within one hour of Minneapolis and will be emailed to attendees prior to the workshop. Walking distance ~1-3 miles. NOTE: Location is within one hour of Minneapolis. Location details will be emailed the Monday prior to the workshop. If we go to a State Park, that there will be an additional $7 Daily/$35 annual vehicle entry permit needed that can be purchased at the State Park entrance office. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Native American Weaving: Introduction to Dakota Weaving Plants w/ Fern Naomi Renville (Southwest)

    Introduction to Dakota Weaving Plants With Fern Naomi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Omaha, Seneca Cayuga) ENGLISH NAME: Common Stinging Nettle / Urtica Dioica SISSETON DAKOTA NAME: Hosbe [hosh-BAY] OTHER DAKOTA NAMES FOR UTICA DIOICA: Chanicahpehu and pazipa are two other names for nettle used by Dakota communities. DAKOTA NAME FOR STRING OR CORDAGE: Wikan [WEE-KAHN]… derived from the root words for ‘sun’ and ‘braid’. DAKOTA WORD FOR WEAVING: Opazan (to weave something) Not so very long ago, in the Dakota homelands of Imnizaska (St Paul), Sisseton Tribal people relied on our knowledge of and ancestral relationships with native plants - including stinging nettle, bulrush, cattail, willow, basswood, cedar, ash, elm, and spruce root - to create cordage, rope, nets, woven textiles, and shelter. Please join us for a learning journey of reconnecting with our plant relatives. All participants will learn about Dakota weaving plants and traditions, how to twine fibers into cordage, and how to apply what you learned to exploring oth local plant fibers. Fern is a 2022-2023 Native Artist in Residence at the Minnesota Historical Society, where she has been researching the role of nettles in Dakota material culture. Fern Naomi Renville is a storyteller, artist, playwright, and enrolled citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Meet at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center lcoated at 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425. NOTE: Subject to weather conditions. If necessary, we will reschedule the walk. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Native American: Dakota & Ojibwe Friendship Cruise on the Mississippi River (Southwest)

    NOTE: This cruise departs from Watergate Marina. Cruise time is 5:00-8:00 pm. Join us for a summer cruise on board the Magnolia Blossom Riverboat with Dakota guide Fern Renville and her Ojibwe friends as we explore the relationship between these two important groups Indigenous to Minnesota. Take in views of the scenic Mississippi River as you listen to their stories--weaving a bond between the past and present. 5:00 pm Board Magnolia Blossom 5:30 pm Boat Departs Marina 8:00 pm @ Return to Marina Meet at the Watergate Marina, 2500 Crosby Farm Road, Saint Paul Minnesota, 55116. Crosby Farm Road is at the intersection of Shepherd Road and Gannon Road. Transportation to the Watergate Marina is on your own. Beverages will be available to purchase on board the boat. You may bring your own food. Ages 21+. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist. We will let you know if spots become available.
  • Native American: Dakóta-Led Storytelling & Plant Walk with Blue Hummingbird Woman (Southwest)

    Come out and enjoy exploring the land, and our native plant relatives from a Dakota perspective.This plant walk will be lead by Tanaǧidaŋ To Wiŋ. Please remember to dress for the Fall weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Although, the walk is only an hour long, please remember to bring water. Together we will share, learn, and honor our sacred plant nation. Our walk will be 1-1.5 miles. Meet at Crosby Farm Park located at 2400 Crosby Farm Trail, Saint Paul, MN. NOTE: Subject to weather conditions. If necessary, we will reschedule the walk. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Native American: Drum Circle Teaching & Stories (Southwest)

    Drumming is the heartbeat of many Indigenous cultures. Join FireBear and his drum circle for teaching and storytelling. They will share the significance of drum circles in bringing balance, equality, wholeness, and connection. Held at If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Native American: Hocokata Ti Cultural Center- Tours of Public Exhibit and Private Collection (Southwest)

    Join us at Hocokata Ti Cultural Center in Shakopee for a guided tour of their exhibit Mdewakanton: Dwellers of Spirit Lake and a tour of their private collections area. Private collections tour is not available to the general public. You will also have a chance to view the "We Are Water" Exhibit . This traveling exhibit examines water issues statewide and in local communities through personal stories, histories, and scientific information. It strengthens Minnesotans’ relationships with water, exposes visitors to new perspectives, and increases participation in water stewardship activities. * 9:00 am Doors Open for opportunity to view the "We Are Water" traveling exhibit * 10:00 am Guided Tour Begins Tour meets at Hocokata Ti Cultural Center located at 2300 Tiwahe Cir, Shakopee, MN 55379. Transportation is on your own. Ages 16+. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitlist. We will notify you if a spot opens.
  • Native American: Minneapolis American Indian Center Tour (Southwest)

    Join us for a guided tour of the newly renovated Minneapolis American Indian Center. Meet at the Minneapolis American Indian Center located at 1508 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Transportation is on your own. Ages 16+. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitlist. We will notify you if a spot opens.
  • Native American: Navigating Dakota Legacy - A Cruise Through Time & Culture Along the Mississippi River (Southwest)

    LINK TO NEW CRUISE DATE ADDED: 9/10 Navigating Dakota Legacy - A Cruise Through Time & Culture Along the Mississippi River Led by Dakota people, this cultural cruise along the Mississippi River takes you on a transformative voyage through time connecting the past and present of Dakota life. With each stop at cultural landmarks and sacred sites, we will listen to ancestral teachings and stories that have lasted through the ages, gaining a deeper appreciation for the Dakota people's profound relationships with the river, land and the stars above. As we navigate the mighty waters of the Mississippi River, our journey will help others see the river through Dakota eyes. From ancient legends to pivotal moments in history, the boat becomes a floating classroom where captivating stories come to life. We will return to shore with new understandings of the harmony between the Dakota people and the rivers and lands they call home. Dakota guides will include Marlena Myles, Fern Renville, Tanagidan To Win (Blue Hummingbird Woman) Meet at the Watergate Marina, 2500 Crosby Farm Road, Saint Paul Minnesota, 55116. Crosby Farm Road is at the intersection of Shepherd Road and Gannon Road. Transportation to the Watergate Marina is on your own. Beverages will be available to purchase on board the boat. You may bring your own food. Ages 21+. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist. We will let you know if spots become available.
  • Native American: Navigating Dakota Legacy - A Cruise Through Time & Culture Along the Mississippi River (Southwest)

    Led by Dakota people, this cultural cruise along the Mississippi River takes you on a transformative voyage through time connecting the past and present of Dakota life. With each stop at cultural landmarks and sacred sites, we will listen to ancestral teachings and stories that have lasted through the ages, gaining a deeper appreciation for the Dakota people's profound relationships with the river, land and the stars above. As we navigate the mighty waters of the Mississippi River, our journey will help others see the river through Dakota eyes. From ancient legends to pivotal moments in history, the boat becomes a floating classroom where captivating stories come to life. We will return to shore with new understandings of the harmony between the Dakota people and the rivers and lands they call home. Dakota guides will include Marlena Myles, Fern Renville, Tanagidan To Win (Blue Hummingbird Woman) Meet at the Watergate Marina, 2500 Crosby Farm Road, Saint Paul Minnesota, 55116. Crosby Farm Road is at the intersection of Shepherd Road and Gannon Road. Transportation to the Watergate Marina is on your own. Beverages will be available to purchase on board the boat. You may bring your own food. Ages 21+. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist. We will let you know if spots become available.