Bluff Happenings

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  • Friday, July 29, 2022 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for Sunrise Yoga on Saturday, August 6th from 6:00-7:00 am at the East Overlook on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff.  It takes between 15-30 minutes to hike from the trailhead to the East Overlook so plan accordingly.  Sunrise Yoga is open to everyone and is free.  Please bring your own yoga mat. 

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Start your River City Days Saturday with a hike to watch the sun rise on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff.  Sunrise is scheduled for 6:02 so Friends of the Bluffs volunteers will be at the trailhead at 5:15 am with coffee and treats.  For more information contact David Anderson at redwingbluffs@gmail.com 

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2022 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for Happy Hour on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff on Thursday, July 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Come enjoy refreshments and treats, see the new and improved trailhead and learn about activities and events Friends of the Bluffs are organizing.  Happy Hour on the Bluff is open to everyone in the community.  

  • Monday, March 28, 2022 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    Red Wing Earth Week 2022: Educate · Advocate · Mitigate

    April 18th-24th

    It’s time to invest in our planet. Together we can all make a difference! – What will you do?

    Climate change is highly complex issue. The City of Red Wing recently declared a Climate Emergency and is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% on or before 2040.  There are many actions that you and your family can take to help.  Empowering individuals to make long-term, lasting change requires building climate literacy and understanding personal connections to climate change.  For Earth Week 2022, local organizations have collaborated to plan activities and programs and develop a webpage will provide educational information, connections to local, state, and national organizations that are advocating for policy/system climate change, examples of mitigation strategies that individuals and families can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the schedule of all the activities/programs that will be held during the week.

    Friends of the Bluffs Activities during Earth Week 2022 

    • Sunrise Hike to Kickoff Earth Week - Monday, April 18th at 5:30 am

    Open to everyone who wants to start the week off watching the sunrise from the East Overlook on He Mni Can - Barn Bluff.  We will be meeting at the trailhead at 5:30 am, hiking up to the top to watch the sunrise and then hiking back down to the trailhead for coffee and treats.

    •     He Mni Can-Barn Bluff South Forest Improvement Project - Tuesday, April 19th from 5-7 pm
    Friends of the Bluffs have committed to a three-year effort to remove invasive plants from the South Forest, along the South Trail and will begin working this year on Tuesday, April 19th from 5-7 pm.  Board members will be there to work and additional volunteers are needed.  If you would like to join us or have questions, contact David Anderson.
    • Hike the Bluff - Saturday, April 23rd 

    Everyone in the community is invited to come down to He Mni Can-Barn Bluff anytime between sunrise and sunset and hike up to the East or West overlook, watch eagles soar, explore the new trailhead, watch rock climbers scale the north side and reconnect with this significant cultural/historical landmark.

    •         Adopt a Trail - Anytime during Earth Week

    Individuals, families, groups of friends, business groups, service organizations, or clubs can adopt a trail or a section of trail on Sorin’s Bluff and the Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area and pick up litter that has collected over the winter.

    The mission of Red Wing Earth Week 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to combat climate change by activating our community. We provide educational information and activities, encourage advocacy for policy and system change, and challenge everyone to adopt sustainable behaviors.


  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Snowshoe & Winter Hike on Saturday, February 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Mississippi National Golf Links.  Snow permitting, participants can hike, snowshoe and ski along a trail lite with luminaries.  Additional snowshoes will be available.  This is a free event and open to all ages.


  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Have you been thinking about trying a trail run, but would like to experience one before you commit?  Friends of the Bluffs will be offering three (3) opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.  Trail Runs for Fun will be held on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm.  The runs will be 3 miles or less and will be held on our local bluffs:

    • Trail Run for Fun #1 - Thursday, September 9th on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff (Starting at the trailhead parking lot)
    • Trail Run for Fun #2 - Thursday, September 23rd on Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area (Starting at the Sumac Dr.)
    • Trail Run for Fun #3 - Thursday, October 7th on Sorin's Bluff (Starting in Memorial Park Lower Quarry)
    For more information, contact David Anderson at redwingbluffs@gmail.com


  • Friday, July 16, 2021 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    Join us in the Lower Quarry in Memorial Park on Thursday, July 22nd from 5:00-7:00 pm for a Happy Hour on the Bluff.  Enjoy a cold drink, some snacks, roast smores and learn about what we have planned for the rest of 2021 and for 2022.  All past, current and future "Friends" are welcome to attend.  For more information contact David Anderson at redwingbluffs@gmail.com.

  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    We will be installing 6 more steps and a couple of water bars to direct water off the trail from 6-8 pm on Thursday, May 6th and if needed from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, May 11th.  If anyone is interested in helping, please contact David Anderson at redwingbluffs@gmail.com.

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Volunteers from Friends of the Bluffs will be installing additional steps on Tuesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Anyone interested in helping may contact David Anderson at redwingbluffs@gmail.com. 

  • Monday, April 12, 2021 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    Red Wing Area Earth Week is April 18th-24th.  Put on your hiking shoes, grab a pair of gloves and a garbage bags and join us as we clean up the bluff trails:

    • Monday, April 19th - He Mni Can-Barn Bluff
    • Wednesday, April 21st - Sorin's Bluff (Memorial Park)
    • Friday, April 23rd - Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area

    To participate on Bluff Trail Clean Up Day, figure out a time that works best for you, select a trail you want to clean up, recycle anything you can and throw away everything else.  By working together, we can keep our trails litter free!  Questions?  Contact David Anderson at redwingbluffs@gmail.com.  


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