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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.

April 8: Animal Tracking in Lower Phalen

Learn about local wildlife and plant environments. The public animal tracking event, hosted by the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 8, at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, 4th St E, Saint Paul.

Tracking stations will provide information about tracking and ways to use your senses to locate natural signals in nature.  Humans have learned survival skills by watching animals for thousands of years, this is an opportunity to maintain the tradition and knowledge.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, or to register for the event, visit lowerphalencreek.org/events/.


Help the Lower Phalen Creek Project

Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus is located near many important urban natural areas that provide beauty, pleasure and recreation for the people on the East Side.

1460137388684The Lower Phalen Creek Project group seeks input from university students and employees who use or are interested in frequenting Swede Hollow Park, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary or other East Side or Lowertown natural spaces near the university’s campus on Dayton’s Bluff.

The survey results will be used to inform planning efforts to create greater connectivity and spaces that are natural, sustainable and accessible by multiple modes of transportation, in addition to protecting existing routes, parks and green spaces from being fragmented or excessive development.

The Lower Phalen Creek Project is a partnership of SaintPaul’s East Side and Lowertown neighborhoods, founded in 1997, with athree-part mission to redevelop the neighborhood’s assets, create green spaces and promote ecological health.

Specifically, the partnership seeks to:

  • Complete the redevelopment of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary as an ecological, cultural and educational resource and vibrant community asset.
  • Create and promote use of new trail and green space connections that link Saint Paul’s East Side to Lowertown and the Mississippi River and fill key local gaps in the regional trail system.
  • Improve the water quality and ecological health of our communities through rain
    gardens and other sustainability initiatives.

Access the survey to provide your input. Learn more about the Lower Phalen Project Group.