During the Tuesday program, a presentation is featured following the discussion of upcoming activities and other announcements. Presentations range from multimedia 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 topics.
If you would like to schedule a presentation or have ideas/requests for a future Minnesota Rovers presentation, contact Barry S.
If you have any other questions about Minnesota Rovers, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- November 1: Hiking in Patagonia
Patagonia, the perfect hiking destination. Mountains, glacial lakes, well marked trails, long days for hiking and interesting flora and fauna. Learn about the areas around El Calafate and El Chelton in Argentina and the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with a bonus of penguins on Magdalena Island. Photos and travel suggestions.
Presented by Amy A.
- November 8: Bicycling From Prague to Berlin
Travel through the former East Germany with Rovers Beth Gauper and Torsten Muller, who bicycled along the Elbe River and Euroroute R1 between the Czech and German capitals. The route is lined with dramatic natural and historic landmarks: Saxon-Switzerland National Park; Lutherstadt Wittenberg, gearing up for next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation; and Cold War museums, especially interesting to visit now as Europe’s far right gains traction.
- November 15: Backpacking and Hiking in the Philippine Cordilleras
We backpacked the scenic Kibungan Circuit and camped on Mt. Pagpaya in the heart of the Cordilleras. The campsite is next to Tabaw Peak. Also we, day hiked on rice terraces that were 2,000 years old.
Presented by Mike & Nori.
- November 22: South India’s Harvest Festival
India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu is primarily a land of farm fields punctuated by hills, villages, and towns. In this agricultural land the biggest yearly event is the Pongal harvest celebration. See photos and videos of this colorful and boisterous village festival.
Presented by Ted U.
- November 29: Canoes: A Natural History in North America
Dr. Mark Neuzil, who is the coauthor along with Norman Sims of Canoes: A Natural History in North America, will speak on canoes and canoeing and show images from their book. He will discuss the canoes of the First Peoples, as well as the development of wood, wood-and-canvas and synthetic canoes. Neuzil is professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas, a former summer park ranger, USFS-licensed guide, and the author or co-author of several books with environmental themes.
- December 6: Red-headed Woodpecker Nesting Ecology
Red-headed Woodpeckers were once common across the United States and Minnesota, but in the last 50 years their population has shrunk by a disturbing 70%. Learn how nest camera technology is informing conservation efforts within Minnesota, and through photos and video get an up close look at the lives of these charismatic birds.
Presented by Brittney Y.
- December 13: Vacationing by Bicycle: a Puffer’s Guide
A “puffer” is a bicyclist who doesn’t have an expensive bike or equipment but still enjoys taking multi-day biking trips. Having been a “puffer” since 1980, I will show photos and speak about a variety of bicycling vacations I have taken and offer tips on getting the most from them. Please join me in a conversation about what makes longer bicycling adventures a pleasure for YOU!
Presented by Doug J.
- March 7: The Gitchi-Gami State Trail – A Great Trail on Our Great Lake
Bike, hike or roll—the Gitchi-Gami State Trail offers plenty of ups and some really fun downs. With 29 of 89 miles completed, the current segments of trail have a lot to offer. Join the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association’s Michelle Pierson as she presents the Association’s Interactive Map Tour, shares photos and videos, highlights upcoming construction projects, and more!
Executive Director, Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
- May 2: Iceland - No Place Like It
More information to follow.
Presented by Jen and Barry
- May 9: Spring Intro Show
This event is an introduction to MN Rovers and will include a slideshow of photos from Rover trips. This will be held at REI in Bloomington.
- May 16: Gear Swap
Quality Gear from people who know their stuff. Got Gear?
Spring cleaning? Unused gear cluttering your house? Sell it at the Swap! Need Gear? Trying a new sport? Looking for advice? Find it at the Swap! Set up starts at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public, feel free to bring friends and family.
This is the first outdoor meeting of the season at Como Park. Please check here for directions.
Past Programs & Presentations
- October 25: Storm-Proofing Your Camp
Storm-proofing your camp is a mixture of choosing a good campsite, rigging your tent with storm lines before the rain (!); pitching tight tarps that won’t blow down in wind, and effectively waterproofing your gear. In this fast-paced seminar you’ll learn how to recognize and cope with campsite dangers, pick a good tent and storm-proof a bad one; pitch single and double rain tarps; waterproof your gear for rain or a capsize; sleep comfortably in chilling rain and sweltering heat, and dry wet clothes when you don’t have a campfire and the sun isn’t shining.
References: CAMPING’S TOP SECRETS, by Cliff Jacobson, and THE FORGOTTEN SKILLS video, by Cliff Jacobson. If you can do everything in the video you’ll be a big hero to your friends!
Presented by Cliff Jacobson.
- October 18: 310 Miles on the Superior Hiking Trail
Two years ago, my friend Sharon invited me to attend a talk by Cheryl Strayed about her book “Wild”. With nothing on my calendar that night I said yes, and figured I should probably read the book first. I hadn’t camped or really hiked in over 15 years. I had never backpacked, yet those pages were filled with challenge and possibility. Cheryl’s words kindled within me a love affair with wilderness trails and led me to a wonderful group of friends and kindred spirits in the Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club. With that as a backdrop, I invite you to take in the next seven chapters of my story, from the miserable trudge through Silver Bay to the victorious finish on Oberg Mountain a year later. A word of caution though…you never know where a story might lead you!
Presented by Alison H.
- October 11: Exploring Norway by planes, trains, & automobiles…plus buses, boats and hiking boots!
From temperate Oslo in the south, to Arctic Honningsvåg in the far north, and many points in between, see some of Norway’s spectacular scenery. Also see a lot of good places to hike along the way.
Presented by Jen O. & Barry S.
- October 4: How to Avoid Waterborne Diseases
Every year the Minnesota Department of Health receives reports of diarrhea illnesses among backcountry users who report drinking improperly treated surface water, including three outbreaks of giardiasis among hikers since 2013. Learn how to avoid being the next reported case of illness! This talk will provide an overview of the different types of microorganisms that can be found in backcountry water and discuss the effectiveness of various water treatment methods and lessons you can learn from previous waterborne disease outbreaks.
Presented by: STEPHANIE GRETSCH, MPH, Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health - Foodborne, Waterborne, Vectorborne & Zoonotic Diseases
- September 27: International Travel Safety
Are you planning a vacation outside the U.S.? Will it be done safely?
This discussion will cover how to dress, act in public, restaurant visits, hotel stays, where to sit on a bus and plane in order to minimize yourself to crime and other threatening situations.
Presented by Mark Dugger
- September 20: CPR and Defibrillators
Could you save a life if you had to? Many of us have had CPR training, but a long time ago. Learn the best current techniques from retired teachers and cardiac-arrest survivors Larry Matthews, Bruce Wizik and Rover, Fran Lesicko. They (half) jokingly call themselves “the walking dead”.
They will also show us how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is actually very easy to use.
- September 13: What it takes to Thru Hike the Appalachian Trail (1st indoor meeting)
An AT thru-hike doesn’t take any specialized outdoor skills. Over 16,000 people have done it. With the release of “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods”, more people are trying it.
This presentation is based on observations from my 2015 AT thru hike. I claim there are six requirements you need to successfully thru-hike the AT. They are: Time, Energy, Money, Motivation, Knowledge, and a final item to be divulged last to give this presentation some suspense.
By Paul “Good Enough” Ebert
- September 6: Fall Intro Show
This event is an introduction to MN Rovers and will include a slideshow of photos from Rover trips. This will be held at REI in Bloomington. For more information go here.
- August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
This date is National Toasted Marshmallow Day so how can we celebrate it…hmm…how about we set up a couple of fires, get some bags of marshmallows, get some toasting sticks and start toasting! Add some chocolate and Graham crackers and we’ll have s’mores. We’ll provide the basics; you bring any little extras you think might taste good with melted marshmallows.
- August 23: Gear Swap
Quality Gear from people who know their stuff. Got Gear? Unused gear cluttering your house? Sell it at the Swap! Need Gear? Trying a new sport? Looking for advice? Find it at the Swap! Set up starts at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public, feel free to bring friends and family.
Examples of some of the items available: food dehydrator (6 trays), Ski Wax Iron, Ultegra 6700 triple 39 tooth bike sprocket, dura ace 10 speed 11-21 cassette, 6 egg travel carton, Keen water shoes, set of 2 plates, camping dustpan & brush, lightweight fry pan, all purpose clothesline, Stuff sacks, 48 ft Nylon Cord, inflatable pillow, Kelty kids backpack and other stuff
- August 16: Goats - Minnesota’s most misunderstood and underused workforce!
Jake Langeslag, The goat wrangling pondologist, will explain how he uses goats to manage some of the area’s most difficult invasive and undesirable vegetation, like buckthorn. He will also give an update on his quest to get goats working in more metro and urban areas and information on his goat grazing research. Hopefully we will have a four-legged buckthorn remover.
- August 9: Finding Your Way in the Wilderness
Effectively using a map and compass is an important, but too often neglected, wilderness skill. Whether dealing with the expected – locating the next portage, getting back to your car after collecting morels, kayaking in dense fog – or the completely unexpected, having a map and compass, and knowing how to use them can be essential.
Robert Quinn of Midwest Mountaineering will show us basic navigation skills.
- August 2: National Night Out
There will be no presentation tonight because many people go to their neighborhood gatherings. If you do want to meet with Rovers there will be the usual discussion about trips and socializing. If you do go to your neighborhood gathering maybe you can chat to people about Rovers and get some Rover business cards to hand out.
- July 26: Yoga for active people
Yoga is a great way to take a break and get energized for the next leg of a long hike, bike ride or paddle. It can be done in the outdoors without any equipment - a mat is truly optional. You probably know that yoga increases balance, flexibility, and strength, but did you also know it protects the spine, cartilage and joints so we can continue to pursue an active lifestyle?
Bring a mat or blanket for extra comfort and Tammy N. (3 year Rover member) will lead us in some yoga poses and stretches.
- July 19: Nordic Walking
Exercise for everyone. It is aerobic, weight bearing, strength training which requires minimal equipment, no gym and almost anyone can do it.
- July 12: Blast Buckthorn out of the Twin Cities metro!
Learn how to identify buckthorn, the various ways to get rid of it and the best time to do it. Also learn what other invasive species are associated in areas where buckthorn is established and how to eradicate those too. And, as with anything important in life, learn why we should bother getting this out of our parks and our yards and how not to accidentally get rid of a look-a-like instead of the real bad guy!
Presented by Cheryl B.