Take a Day OFF (Outdoor Family Fun) on the Mississippi will provide hands-on activities for all ages and event organizers are hoping to encourage more families to enjoy the wide variety of fun and healthy outdoors activities that Minnesota offers. They also want to draw more attention to the Mississippi River between Little Falls and St. Cloud.

You are encouraged to bring blankets and enjoy two special presentations:

10:30 AM & 2:30 PM “Are You Thirsty?” (this presentation shows how much of the earth’s water is available for drinking and compares tap water vs. bottled water).

1:00 PM “MN Birds of Prey” (features live raptors from the Wildlife Science Center).

In addition, there will be a bus trip to Bend in the River Regional Park at 11:30 AM for a historical farmstead tour and a guided nature walk covering the natural history of the area and the restoration of the native prairie.

“By highlighting the scenic values and recreational opportunities of this stretch of the river, we hope to make more people aware of what a world-class river we have right in our backyard,” says Kimberly Thielen Cremers, Stearns County SWCD’s coordinator for the Mississippi River Renaissance project. “We want people to enjoy the river, so that they’ll also want to care for it. “

The event is organized by the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Stearns County Parks, Benton County, Minnesota DNR and St. Cloud State University.