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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 

  • 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  

  • Saturday, February 06, 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    Come out to the Mississippi National on Saturday, February 27th between 6:30-8:30 pm to snowshoe or hike a trail lit up by luminaries and the full moon.  The trail is approximately 1 mile and will take around 30 minutes to complete.  Limited pairs of snowshoes will be available to borrow if you do not have your own.  Dress for the weather - the clubhouse will not be open and there will be no place to warm up besides your own vehicle.  Please practice social distancing between groups and wear a mask.  Be mindful of groomed skiing trails and avoid snowshoeing on them. This event is co-sponsored by the Red Wing Park Naturalist Program.  

  • Friday, January 08, 2021 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Hike, snowshoe or ski on one of our many trails during Winter Trails Day.  Check out the improvements on He Mni Can- Barn Bluff, enjoy the views from Sorin's Bluff or experience the woods on Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area.  Maps are available on our Maps & Trails page. 

  • Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    Celebrate the end of 2020 and/or the beginning of 2021 from the top of He Mni Can-Barn Bluff!  Sunset on Thursday, December 31st is at 4:40 and sunrise on Friday, January 1st is at 7:47 am.  Best viewing typically happens 15-20 minutes after sunset and before sunrise so plan your hikes accordingly.  Remember to wear a face covering and keep your social distance!  

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