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1313 Hidden Falls Dr, St Paul, MNSaint Paul, MN 55116

Volunteers lead small groups who use GPS units to discover information about the Mississippi River.


October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31

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Volunteer work hours range from an 8am-9:30pm start and a 12:45-2:45 end time.

Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul

Want to teach the new millennials how to use a compass, build a fire and learn about the river’s natural and cultural history? Take Me to the River is an educational program that takes place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul. Fourth graders rotate between different stations led by National Park Service Rangers. Students learn to use a compass to find hidden geo-caches that engage the students in a discussion about the river ecosystem and Dakota history. Another station involves students in shelter building in the Mississippi River flood plain forest after learning about historic structures sued by river travelers. Students learn the value of fire in an ecosystem while building very small fires around a campfire circle. The fire station is paired with a geology or bird hike. Sound fun? It is! This opportunity requires quite a bit of walking and student engagement. The time with students is about 3.5 hours which includes a 20 min lunch break. We need 4-8 volunteers each day. There will be a training on Friday, October 7 from 9-11am at Hidden Falls Park. Questions? Interested? Contact Kathy Swenson at or 651-293-8424.


  • History
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 5 hours each day
  • Volunteers must have an interest in working with 4th graders.
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