During most every Tuesday meeting, a program is featured immediately
following the discussion of upcoming events and other announcements. Programs range from multimedia
presentations and informative discussions on topics such as past trips, wilderness preservation,
equipment demonstrations — to tips & techniques such as bicycle maintenance, backpacking
for beginners, how to hang a bear bag, wild flower identification, and other outdoors-related
If you would like to schedule a program/presentation or have ideas/requests for a future Rovers
program, contact Tom J.
If you have any other questions about Minnesota Rovers, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- May 7: Watercraft safety on MN Rivers. Paddling Minnesota rivers is a lovely way to spend a Saturday, but how much do you know about staying safe? Hint, there's more to it than than having a PFD in your boat. Eric Crist from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department will be sharing his insight on the unique challenges we face while navigating our busy rivers. Included is a brief discussion on aquatic invasive species and what you're required to do for their prevention. Come for a refresher, come with a question, but make sure that you come home safe from your next excursion! Presented by Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
- May 14: Gear Swap. Bring out that old gear you're no longer using, and help someone else get the tools for their next trip! Any gear is welcome!
- May 21: Mud Runs. We are heading into the mud run/obstacle season, and MN Rovers has two mud runs coming up: June 8th, and June 29th. Come get a flavor for some of the obstacles (no mud) you may encounter and discover a fun way to train for them. Bring shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, and be prepared for some fun! Presented by Cheryl B.
- May 28: Lyme Disease. What you don't know about Lyme disease could kill you. Lyme disease cases have skyrocketed in Minnesota, particularly in Pine County. Learn why we don't hear more about this disease, and what you should know to protect yourself and loved ones. Ann Marie Cosgrove will give a personal account of her present battle with Late Stage Neurological Lyme disease, and what she is doing to fight it. Presented by Ann Marie Cosgrove.
Past Programs & Presentations
The list below shows programs and presentations from past meetings. Use it as a reference for
programs you might be interested in presenting or suggesting.
- April 30: Backpacking in the Sierras. Backpacking in Yosemite National Park: 8 Rovers hiked 60 mile loop with beautiful alpine scenery. Slides include Yosemite Valley, Toulumne Meadows, lakes, vistas and good fun! Hear bear stories and see the "Butt Tree" discovered by Rovers in 1998! Presented by Mike H.
- April 23: Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day. Presented by Andrea Reynolds.
- April 9: Cave Diving. Drawn to search the unplumbed depths of sunken caves, a Rover ventures to the Riviera Maya for cave diver training. Find out what is involved in learning to safely dive in Mexico's beautiful cenotes. Presented by Sarah K.
- April 16: Spring Intro Show. Featuring a digital slide show set to music and club representatives available to answer questions about the club. This is a great way to find out more about Minnesota Rovers, all the activities, and the people. Held at the Bloomington REI. Check the Special Events page for more details.
- April 2: Pow-Wow Trail. Join others like you on a virtual trip on BWCA wilderness hiking trails. Martin Kubik tells about the less know side of BWAC and the 200 miles of backpacking trails. He will focus on how volunteers are working with the USFS to bring back 30-mile long BWCA Pow Wow Trail burned in the Pagami Creek Fire. Listen to a volunteer's vision about we must do to bring this magnificent trail back. Presented by Martin K.
- March 26: Outdoor School classes with REI. REI's Outdoor School will present on the history of REI as a co-operative and what new offerings are available here in the Twin Cities. Matt will cover REI's commitment to stewardship and ways to volunteer locally was well as classes and outings that REI provides to introduce new sports to people. Presented by Matt P.
- March 19: The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Presented by Clayton D.
- March 12: 3-day Bike Ride Across Minnesota. See an account of a bike ride all the way across Minnesota, west to east, in three days. Beautiful scenery, good trails/roads; camping/lodging spots noted. NOT just for bicycling enthusiasts; most anyone in reasonably good shape can do it. Presented by Steve R.
- March 5: Cycling the Way of St James. A month after Don & Lori walked the Camino, Julie & I biked it. About a fifth of pilgrims are on bikes; some stick to paved roads, but with mountain bikes we often went off-road on the heavily-used Camino. You don't have to be Catholic to be a pilgrim. | BLOG |. Presented by David B.
- February 26: Volunteering with Great River Greening. Volunteer Manager Josh Kriz will discuss the importance of volunteerism in regards to restoring our natural landscapes. The presentation will also highlight successful projects and upcoming volunteer opportunities. Presented by Josh K.
- February 19: Canyoneering in Utah. Put simply, Canyoneering is the sport of descending a canyon. A route consists of navigating to the upper end of a canyon, dropping in where possible, following the canyon to the lower end (or suitable exit point) then navigating back to civilization. Last fall 7 Rovers joined a former Rover and his canyoneering friends for an adevnture in the beautifully carved sandstone canyons of Utah's North Wash area. Come join us as we share information, show photos, and tell stories. We think after you see this - you will want to go experience it yourself! Presented by Deb G.
- February 12: Hiking Scotland's West Highland Way. Learn about hiking 95 miles of beautiful scenery on Scotland's West Highland Way. It is a great hike that can accommodate a wide range people whether you new or experienced backpacker and whether you like to camp or prefer staying in hotels. Presented by Betsy S.
- February 5: Boating up the Lower Danube. Boating up the lower Danube, with side trips in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia. Presented by John E.
- January 29: Ice Age Trail. Presented by Rin N.
- January 22: Birdfeeders. Interested in attracting more birds to your back yard? Liz will share tips and tricks that she has accumulated over the last 8 years of bird feeding in her Bloomington back yard, where she's attracted over 80 species. Presented by Liz S.
- January 15: Tuscany in Black and White. Come see the beauty of Tuscany through black and white photography. Trip images include the renovated olive and grain mill where we stayed in the hills above Lucca, hiking along the Cinque Terre, and visits to the Pinocchio Park of Collodi, Ponte del Diavolo, Siena, and Venice. Presented by Deb M.
- January 8: Animal Tracking. Winter is a wonderful time to learn about animal behavior since the animals leave behind tracks for us to follow. Find out how to identify tracks and other animal signs and what that tells you about what's happening in the forest. Wanda worked for 10 years at an Audubon Center teaching a wide variety of classes. Presented by Wanda D.