The 'sotan newsletter
July 18, 2019
Summer's slipping by. Don't cast away your chance to try out a new outdoor activity. Maybe pick up fly fishing, or bird watching. Check out our new smartphone app, Outside in MN, for guides and events to get out of the house. It's available on Apple or Android devices. Plus, this Saturday is a great time to volunteer with MPR hosts in St. Cloud. 
Fly-fishing 101: How to get hooked on the sport in Minnesota
Shawn Perich has been an angler for more than 50 years. He wrote a book on fly-fishing Minnesota’s North Shore, and has some pointers and encouragement for anyone interested in the sport.
MPR Mississippi River Volunteer Event with Great River Greening
Join MPR hosts and staff and community members to volunteer on a restoration project to remove invasive species and planting native grasses at Talahi Woods in St. Cloud. Open to all ages and training and equipment are supplied.
5 cool things to do outside this weekend
Looking for ideas to get outdoors? Here are five events happening around the state:
  • Bat Science Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
  • Fat Girls Hiking, at Lake Phalen Regional Park Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Butterflies and Dragonflies at the Ney Nature Center Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Poetry in the Park at Lake Bemidji State Park Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Zumbro Valley Audubon Society – Bug Out! at Chester Woods Park Sunday at 3 p.m.
Download the Outside in MN app for a full calendar of events throughout the state.
Appetites: ‘Everything tastes better outside’
Naturalist Kelsey Olson loves cooking food outdoors. She also knows it can be a little intimidating if you haven’t done it much. We've got a few of her tips for eating and cooking outdoors, and a few great recipes.
Bell Museum celebrates the 'small step for man' with a 5k
On Saturday, July 20, the Bell Museum will host a fun-filled daylong celebration and Cosmic 5K. With events inside and out, you can help commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the first lunar landing with an array of Moon-related activities.
Nature Bathing at Coldwater Spring
The 3-hour immersive walk will provide opportunities to connect with the natural surroundings. The walk is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. Nature and Forest Therapy, also known as "Forest Bathing," serves as a walking meditation and tactile attention to nature. Learn more about the event in Coldwater Spring here. 
'Like catching Pokemon': 5 tips for bird-watching in Minnesota
Want to get into birdwatching? Dudley Edmondson has spent decades helping new birders get into the hobby. Check out these helpful tips to get you out in the field.
Honor the Earth: Water is Life Festival 2019
The Water is Life Festival Sunday in Duluth celebrates with powerful music from prominent native musicians Keith Secola, Corey Medina and many other guests. Tickets are $30 at the door, $25 for pre-sale here.
'Big Boy' locomotive traveling across Minnesota
Did you miss your chance to see "Big Boy"? The world's largest steam locomotive visited St. Paul Thursday, but it's going to arrive in Duluth Friday evening and be on display to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It'll also travel back to the Twin Cities on Monday.
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