Bluff Happenings

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  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Help us improve the trails on the Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area on Tuesday, June 5th from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Projects include:

    • Repairing the Map Holders
    • Removing Buckthorn
    • Cutting Oriental Bittersweet
    • Weed Whipping the Trails
    • Finishing the Neal Street Trail Steps
    Equipment will be provided.  For more information contact David Anderson at
  • Friday, March 30, 2018 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    Earth Day Events

    Saturday, April 21st

    Earth Day - Hike the Bluff is on!!! The trails are mostly snow-free, but muddy in spots!  Put on your boots, grab your walking stick and come enjoy a hike on the bluff.

    Registration Form

    Sunrise to Sunset – Self-Guided Hikes

    8:00 am – Trail Run with the Red Wing Trail Runners

    8:00 am-12:00 – City of Red Wing “Putting Plans into Action” (Plans for the Bluff, Plans for the Riverfront Trail to Colvill Park and Prairie Restoration Information)

    9:00 am-10:00 am – Goodhue County Historical Society “Pop-Up Museum” (Please bring artifacts and historical pictures to share)

    9:30 am – City of Red Wing Carlson Kiln Tour 

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Red Wing Public Library Story Walk

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Citizens Climate Lobby

    11:00 am – City of Red Wing Carlson Kiln Tour

    11:00 am-12:00 – Goodhue County Master Gardener “Flowers on the Bluff”

    11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Audubon Minnesota (Mississippi Flyway, Minnesota’s Bird-Friendly Community Program and Kid’s Activity - Great Migration Challenge) Canceled due to illness

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm – Sunrise Lady Ellen Lentsch

    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm – Red Wing Public Library “Walk & Write” (For Young Writers in Grades 5 and up)

    1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – Red Wing Park Naturalist “Guided Hikes”

    Additional Activities:

    Picnic on the Bluff – Gather the family, pack a picnic and enjoy lunch or supper on the overlook or in a Bluff Prairie!

    Geocaching – Friends of the Bluffs will be placing a special Earth Day cache on the bluff for the day.

    He Mni Can/Barn Bluff Bingo – Friends of the Bluffs Keychain/Compass to the first 250 children who complete a bingo.

    We will keep updating this post with additional events and times as other groups join us. Keep checking back or subscribe to our blog to always receive our latest events news.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area Work Day

    Saturday, March 3rd
    9:00 am – 12:00pm
    Meet in the Twin Bluff Middle School Parking Lot

    **Friends of the Bluffs and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota will be clearing brush and buckthorn.  Please join us. Coffee, hot chocolate, water, snacks, and lunch
    will be provided.**

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    2nd Annual Family Snowshoe/Cross-Country Ski/Winter Hike and Campfire

    Where: adjacent to Mississippi National parking lot - bonfire pits

    When: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Other details: A supply of equipment will be available for families to try. If you own your own equipment please bring to use. After snowshoeing, skiing or hiking, families may enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by our campfire.

  • Monday, January 01, 2018 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    **CANCELLED**Join Friends of the Bluffs and create a New Year's day tradition of climbing Barn Bluff at sunrise!

    Date: Jan 1st, 2018

    Time: Start time 7am with an estimated sunrise at 7:47am

    Place:  Barn Bluff Trailhead (off of E 5th Street)

    What to Bring: Dress for weather, sturdy footwear, headlamp or flashlight

    Hot beverage and cameras optional

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    Pencil us in! We've got lots of ways for you to enjoy the bluffs.

     Tent. Planned Date Event 
     Jan. 1  News Year Day Sunrise Hike
     Feb. 10  Family Snowshoe/X-Country Ski/Hike & Campfire at Mississippi National
     Mar. 11  Barn Bluff Trailhead Clean Up
     Apr. 21  Hike Barn Bluff Earth Day Challenge
     May 12  Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area Trail Maintenance Morning
     June 14  Barn Bluff Maintenance Night
     Oct. 13  Third Annual Bluff Color Fest - Trail Run, Mountain Bike Race and more
     Nov. 23  Friends of the Bluffs - Three Bluff Challenge

    Watch this blog for more details as event dates come closer. 

  • Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Join us as we celebrate five years of improving trails, increasing enjoyment and building stewardship!

    Monday, December 4th

    4:30-6:30 pm at The Staghead, 219 Bush Street

    Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a free drink while and helping us plan the next five years. 

  • Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Help us begin the process of eradicating oriental bittersweet on one section of the BTCA. 

    Friday, November 10th

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    For more information contact David Anderson at

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 7:24 PM | Anonymous


    Saturday, September 9th 

    10:00 am - 12:00 

    Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area

    We will be meeting at the Neal Street Trail head to work on replacing the steps and removing bittersweet on the trails. 

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    FOTB is sponsoring the 2017 River City Days Disc Golf Tournament.  

    Saturday, August 5th 

    Memorial Park - 8:30-11:30 am

    Open to all ages and playing levels.

    See attached document flier (2017 River City DaysTourney (1).pdf) and disc golf course map (DiscGolfMapFriends17.pdf) for more information.


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