This past fall and early winter, Three Rivers Park District in partnership with Climate Generation hosted their third Climate Conversation, A Warming Minnesota: The Love and Loss of Winter.

This conversation involved three distinct events; Climate Change Trivia at Hyland Hills Ski Area, Climate Conversations for Teens held at Richardson Nature Center, and The Ice Harvest at Richardson Nature Center – all part of the initiative to share climate change messaging with park visitors. Over 1,000 people came together across these conversations to celebrate what we love about Minnesota in the winter and to get empowered to drive solutions in our communities.

NOV 7: Climate Change Trivia

Over 200 people came out on Thursday, November 7th for a night of climate change trivia at the Hyland Hills Ski Area.

Michael Gottschalk, Site Supervisor at Richardson Nature Center and one of our staff partners from Three Rivers Park District, penned an op-ed featured in the Star Tribune about his love of winter and his experience growing up with Minneapolis winter activities. Read his full story here. 

Resource Fair Participants

Bloomington Sustainability Commission
Center for Energy and the Environment
Citizens Utility Board
Eco Experience
MN350
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
The North Face
World Cup/Loppet 

Thank you to our event sponsor, Fair State Brewing Co-Op, for providing beer!

JAN 5: Climate Conversations for Teens

On January 5th, 2020, youth from around the Twin Cities Metro came together at the Richardson Nature Center for a night of climate conversations, action, and winter fun. The night was planned and facilitated by high school youth in the Three Rivers Park District Teen Council, a group that collaborates with Park District staff on ideas and programs that will engage teens in the parks. Activities included a workshop on policy and climate change, writing letters to the earth, seed pod making, and outdoor winter activities.

JAN 25: Climate Conversations: Ice Harvest

On January 25th, our third climate conversations event in this series took place at the 21st annual Ice Harvest at Richardson Nature Center. Over 800 people attended to take part in traditional ice harvesting activities, solutions workshops, and a resource fair of local climate change solutions providers.

 

Workshops:

Climate Friendly Yards – Bloomington Bush Lake Izaak Walton League
Recycling and Waste Management – City of Bloomington and Hennepin County Waste Management
Organics Recycling Program – Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Smart Salting – Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
Residential Energy Efficiency, Renewables, and Electric Vehicles – Xcel Energy
Food Session – Gale Woods Farm, Fig + Farro, Lakewinds Co-Op

Resource Fair Participants: 

Arc’s Value Village Thrift
Bloomington Bush Lake Izaak Walton League
Bloomington Sustainability Commission
Center for Energy and the Environment
Citizens Utility Board
Eco Experience
FjallRaven
Outdoor Latino
Out There Podcast
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL)
Mississippi River Valley Audubon Chapter
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Tool Library
The Works Museum
Wild Ones: Prairie Edge
Xcel Energy