CURE Event Fall Preview – SAVE THE DATES!

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota to spend outdoors removing invasive species, paddling the Minnesota River, biking a trail, or learning and searching for freshwater mussels. We hope you will be able to join us at one of our upcoming fall events!

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with us

If you register before Sunday, September 6th, you can join us on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26, for some buckthorn removal at the Lac qui Parle Mission. CURE is teaming up with Minnesota Master Naturalists and the Chippewa County Historical Society for this service opportunity. The recent storms have also taken down several trees in the area that the group will work to address. If you register before Sunday, September 6th, we can include you in our meal and t-shirt count. You may still register after Sunday, September 6th, but we will not be able to offer you a meal and a free t-shirt.

Paddle with Wild River Academy

Wild River Academy_Paddle ForwardBeginning in early September, our friends at Wild River Academy will be paddling various sections of the Minnesota River as part of their Paddle Forward event this fall. There are several opportunities for CURE members to join the paddle.

  • Saturday, Sept. 5, paddle departs at 8 am from Lac qui Parle Lake, Hwy. 119
  • Saturday, Sept. 12, paddle departs at 8 am from Wegdahl County Park to the dam in Granite Falls
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, paddle departs at 8 am from Vicksburg County Park to Redwood Falls
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, paddle departs at 8 am from Mack Lake Park to Harkins

For more information and to register for any leg of this paddle, visit Wild River Academy’s website.

Pedal with the Land Stewardship Project

11954847_891820084237554_155507263238821891_nOn Saturday, September 19th, our friends at the Land Stewardship Project are hosting a fun event and fundraiser, The Prairie Pothole Pedal Pusher Bike Tour. This is approximately 20 miles of scenic biking in west-central Minnesota’s Chippewa River watershed (East Branch). Participants will ride on the Glacial Ridge Trail and learn more about the prairie and pothole region of the tallgrass prairie. You must pre-register for this event – please contact Robin Moore for more information at 320-269-2105 or rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org.

Mussels Field Day with Bernard Sietman

Mussels field day graphicMussels are all the rage these days – freshwater mussels are a key indicator of river health. Learn more about mussels at CURE’s third annual field day with MN DNR malacologist, Bernard Sietman. On Saturday, October 10th, we will meet at the confluence of the Yellow Medicine and Minnesota Rivers near Upper Sioux Agency State Park’s campground. This event will begin at 10 am and wrap up at around 1:30 pm. Not only will you learn about the mussels that are located in the Minnesota River but you will also learn about the history of the button making industry that almost drove these freshwater clams to extinction. This is a great family friendly event where you will have the opportunity to get in the water and look for mussel shells. Advance registration is required. There are only 15 spots left for this event.

For more information about any of these events, contact Peg Furshong at 320-269-2984 or peg@cureriver.org.