Upcoming Programs and Events


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Birding on the Bridge

Join a Dakota County Park Naturalist and learn the basics of birdwatching.  Explore the Rock Island Swing Bridge and Mississippi River Trail on this guided birding walk.  Binoculars provided.

Saturday, September 22
Swing Bridge Park
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Coffee & Conversation
Join Dakota County Parks for a coffee break and learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the Rock Island Swing Bridge and the Mississippi River Trail.  Bring your stories to share about the history of the area.  Coffee provided.

Friday, October 5
Swing Bridge Park
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Walk two miles per day for 31 days!  Walk and log your mileage from Oct 1-31.  Complete 62 miles and earn a WALKtober t-shirt.  Prizes are awarded throughout the month for motivational support.  Log your miles outside, on the walking track or treadmill at the Community Center (will need to be a member or pay daily admission fee or purchase a punch pass to utilize the walking track or treadmill.  May also purchase a walking button to use to walk in the arena.  An interactive spreadsheet and/or paper log sheet will be provided.  Walkers report miles at the end of each week by email.

Fee: $8 per person
Register by Monday, Oct. 1

Paint N' Sip
Interested in painting?  Come for this fun class taught by Cheers Pablo. No painting experience necessary.  Just come and have fun! Brushes, paints, canvas and fun provided.  We'll be painting a MN themed painting.  Non-alcoholic drinks and snack will be provided.

Friday, October 5
Fee: $22
 Register by Friday, Sept. 28

Paint Your Own Pet

We will be painting our pets off an image of your choice.  The instructor will take your image and turn into a paint by number, making this class fun and successful for all!  No art/design/painting experience necessary.  All supplies, light appetizers, and beverage are included in the class. 
To complete your registration you must email Maddy (
pets@mpdesignart.com) a handful photos of your pet by October 1 (with subject line October 11/IGH/Human Name).  Please read directions on how to submit your photos and learn more about this class: https//www.mpdesignart.com/greetings#/paint-your-own-pet/

Thursday, October 11
Fee: $65
Register by Monday, Oct. 1