Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fish Creek’s Minnesotan Get Together

By Ginny Gaynor (Maplewood Nature Center)

The Maplewood Community Center was hopping Friday night, February 22, for Fish Creek’s Minnesotan Get Together. 130 people came out to support and raise funds for the Fish Creek project. Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District has been a key partner on this project, helping create a vision for the Fish Creek greenway and becoming one of the project’s funding partners. The project will preserve up to 70 acres of land in south Maplewood, adjacent to county open space. To date, over 80% of the $2,151,200 acquisition costs have been raised.

The February event was festive and celebratory. Author Chris Niskanen was the speaker for the evening and his new book, The Minnesota Book of Skills, set the theme. Maplewood Nature Center staff and volunteers pulled together six skills stations so people could try out basic Minnesota skills from canoeing to knitting to extracting a tick and more. The Fish Creek Committee and non-profit partner Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) raised funds for the project via a silent auction and individual donations.

For more information, or to make a donation to this project, visit

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