Oops, we did it again. Our July 12th Hidden Falls Hike is the victim of a couple flooded spots so it’s Canceled. Just call us optimists and water lovers, I guess. But, we have 2 more new hikes later in July to make it up to you: Boom Island in Minneapolis and Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul. Read on for the particulars.
July 19, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Boom Island Hike (Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Let’s take an urban walk on the wild side around the environs of Minneapolis’ Boom Island Park.
Boom Island was the center of commercial activity in the “Upper Town” portion of St. Anthony. In 1849, Franklin Steele completed the original plat of St. Anthony, which eventually merged into Minneapolis.
The hike route includes Nicollet Island and the James J. Hill bridge over the falls of St. Anthony. It also passes by the outlet of Bassett Creek, Minneapolis’ best known subterranean stream.
Directions: From downtown Minneapolis, take Washington Avenue north & turn right onto Plymouth Avenue. Go across the river on the Plymouth Avenue Bridge to Boom Island Park. Park in the Boom Island Park parking lot (a Minneapolis Park Board pay parking lot) or park without charge on the streets by the park such as Sibley Street NE or Ramsey Street NE. Meet in the Boom Island Parking lot.
July 26, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Dodge Nature Center Hike (West St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Come explore the Nature Center’s trails through woodlands, wetlands and prairies with us. In addition, there’s a farm with animals, garden fields, apiary, orchard and even raptors used in educational programs.
Founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, Dodge Nature Center emphasizes environmental education for people of all ages, offering a great variety of nature-themed programs.
Directions: From Hwy. 110 in Mendota Heights continue east & turn left (north) onto Delaware Ave. Turn right (east) onto Marie Ave., past an entrance sign for Dodge Nature Center, to Charlton St. Turn left (north) onto Charlton, past Dodge Preschool on the left, & turn into the next driveway entrance on the left: Dodge Nature Center Farm (1701 Charlton St.). Turn in and park in the lot, where we will meet.