Aug. 14: Proposed Wakan Tipi Interpretive Center site tour and information session

The  Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary  will host an information session and tour of the proposed Wakan Tipi Center from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14, at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, 4th St E, St Paul. Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP) will lead the session and tour. LPCP is a developer and non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the East Side and Lowertown communities by developing and maximizing the value of local parks and trails, ecological and cultural resources, and by rebuilding connections to the Mississippi River.

The Wakan Tipi Center will honor the Dakota sacred sites and culture as well as serve as a place for community gathering, stewardship activities, educational programs, and interpretive exhibits.  The center will inspire and inform audiences far beyond the thousands of school groups and visitors that already have found the sanctuary an urban and sacred oasis in the heart of the city.

Nestled between the ancient stone bluffs of Indian Mounds Park and the Mississippi River, the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is an award-winning park located in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area east of downtown Saint Paul. The area is home to towering bluffs, spring-fed wetlands, forests and prairies, the sanctuary includes the sacred Wakan Tipi Cave and remnants of Minnesota’s industrial past. Dakota people have called the area home for millennia, and numerous diverse cultures have settled here in recent history.

RSVP to attend the  information session and  tour. A light snack will be provided to attendees.  Take a few moments to complete our online survey, which assist in shaping the design, amenities, functions and operation of the future Wakan Tipi Center. Complete the survey for a chance to win $100 gift card.

For more information about the sanctuary and the Wakan Tipi Center visit lowerphalencreek.org, or call 651-288-8746.

The East Side Neighborhood Development Corporation is a co-sponsor of the event.