Park Naturalist Events: July 7 – 31

July 7:

10am-2pm Voices of the Valley with Dan Schwarts and Park Naturalist: Join us at our Welch Station Access: Dan Schwanz will entertain with his accordion and Family Fare is providing watermelon (while supply lasts) on Sat July 7 from 10:00-2:00 at our Welch Station Access The Red Wing Park Naturalist will also be there with information about the trail. If you riding the trail – plan to take a break, if you want to drive down, that is fine too! Don’t be afraid to get up and dance a little too! Location for events is Welch Trail 26674 – 144th Ave Way in Welch. Call 507-263-0508 for more information. Bike passes can be purchased by credit card online (cannonvalleytrail.com). If you purchase a pass online, the confirmation emailed to you will be your temporary wheel pass. Cost: Seasonal Wheel Pass—$25; Daily Wheel Pass—$4/day. Bulk Wheel Passes available. Group Event information: cannonvalleytrail.com/school-groups-and-events.

July 9:

7-9pm New Trail Monday: Billings Tomfohr: Every other Monday evening join a Park Naturalist for a hike on a different Red Wing trail! Maybe you will discover a new favorite spot! This Monday, we will be exploring the Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area. Meet at the Neal Street Trailhead and plan on a moderately strenuous hike up the bluff and beautiful vistas! Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area is a 93-acre natural area, locally known as Coon Hill. The bluff top area provides scenic vistas of the neighborhoods and river valley. The property includes Oak Forest, Mesic and Dry Prairie natural communities and provides habitat for the Bladder Pod, a State Endangered Plant species. Located adjacent to Twin Bluff Middle School, the site is used as an environmental education area. Two Natural and Scenic Area grants were provided to the City to help acquire 87 acres. Access points for the Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area are located at Neal Street or at end of Sumac Drive.

July 10:

7-9pm Nature Art at Memorial Park Overlook: Come to the Upper Quarry of Memorial Park and do some outdoor art! We will be making nature mandalas– spiral/circular designs made from twigs, leaves, stones, and other natural items. No skills necessary for this relaxing and low-key art project!

July 12:

9-11am and 11am-1pm Barn Bluff Hike: Join the park naturalists for an informative hike up Barn Bluff. Topics range each week and cover a range of areas including Barn Bluff history, prairie ecosystems, wildflowers and migratory birds, to name a few. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and plan to be hiking for about 2 hours. The route is about 2 miles. Hikes leave from the Barn Bluff parking lot at the end of East Fifth Street.

July 14:

12-3pm Drop-In Program: Pottery Pond: Find out about the ecosystem at Pottery Pond.

July 17:

7-8am Coffee Walk: Join a Red Wing Park Naturalist for an early morning walk on the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail. This paved trail follows Hay Creek and winds through the hardwood forest. The program starts right off Pioneer Road; there will be a sign and a vehicle parked on the side of the road. Please contact the park naturalist for further instruction, if needed. This program is unstructured and leisurely; come questions, binoculars, and field guides, or just your coffee!

2-5pm Macro Mucking at Pottery Pond: Have fun mucking about at Pottery Pond with the Park Naturalist. Grab your muck boots and let’s explore! We will be using strainers to see what kind of insects are living below the surface of the water! Plan to learn all about water quality and macroinvertebrates, and to get a little dirty!

July 18: 

2pm, 4pm, and 6pm Amazing Animals at Memorial Park Upper Quarry: Choose whatever time works best for you! Programs will last approximately 1 hour. Are you interested in local animals? Then this program is for you! Learn all about a variety of animals that call Red Wing home. Feel real animal furs and shells and take home coloring sheets and other activities!

July 21:

12-3pm Drop-In Program at Barn Bluff: Stop by during posted hours to participate in activities, complete scavenger hunts, and earn prizes. Some programs will have a specific theme; others are unstructured and offer participants a wide variety of activities.

July 23:

7-9pm New Trail Monday: Stone House Loop: Every other Monday evening join a Park Naturalist for a hike on a different Red Wing trail! Maybe you will discover a new favorite spot! This Monday we will be walking the Stone House Trail in Hay Creek. This loop is about a mile and half and brings you right to the remnants of an old stone house owned by the Cordes/Dicke family. We will meet at the main Hay Creek Parking Lot- follow Hay Creek Trail until you see a signed parking area. In 1875, the Cordes family built a two-story stone house in what is now the R.J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest in Hay Creek. The oldest of the three girls, Mary, married Henry Ruebke. Catherine married A.H. Dicke. The youngest, Metta, married the Rev. Carl Engel. Upon the death of Franz and his wife, Catherine and her husband moved to the stone house assuming the responsibilities of the farm and Catherine’s grandmother. The area is used extensively by both equestrian and hiking enthusiasts.

July 24:

8-10pm Astronomy Night at Hobgoblin Music: Start the evening off with an astronomy presentation where you’ll learn about everything from galaxies to meteors! Once the sun goes down, we’ll head outside and see what we can see through the telescope! The moon, stars, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn may all be visible! Bring lawn chairs and blankets for relaxing outside under the stars!

July 26:

9-11am and 11am-1pm Barn Bluff Hike: Join the park naturalists for an informative hike up Barn Bluff. Topics range each week and cover a range of areas including Barn Bluff history, prairie ecosystems, wildflowers and migratory birds, to name a few. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and plan to be hiking for about 2 hours. The route is about 2 miles. Hikes leave from the Barn Bluff parking lot at the end of East Fifth Street.

July 28:

12-3pm Drop-In Program at Memorial Park Overlook: Check out the views while watching for birds. Stop by during posted hours to participate in activities, complete scavenger hunts, and earn prizes. Some programs will have a specific theme; others are unstructured and offer participants a wide variety of activities.

July 31:

7-8am Coffee Walk: Join a Red Wing Park Naturalist for an early morning walk on the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail. This paved trail follows Hay Creek and winds through the hardwood forest. The program starts right off Pioneer Road; there will be a sign and a vehicle parked on the side of the road. Please contact the park naturalist for further instruction, if needed. This program is unstructured and leisurely; come questions, binoculars, and field guides, or just your coffee!

Email parknaturalist@ci.red-wing.mn.us for more information.