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 Beth G.
If you have any other questions about Minnesota Rovers, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- October 13: Climbing Volcanoes and Trekking in Luzon, Philippines
- October 20: The Twin Cities’ own national park
Did you know there’s a national park in our midst? The 72-mile-long Mississippi National River & Recreation Area runs right through the Twin Cities, and its staff operates a Visitor Center in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul. Park ranger Gordon Dietzman will tell us about paddling, bicycling, bird-watching and hiking opportunities in the park and offer tips on planning a canoe trip.
- October 27: Exploring Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island
Prince of Wales Island, located west of Ketchikan, Alaska, is the third-largest island in the United States. Accessible only by float plane, ferry or private boat, it includes 12 small communities that are surrounded by Tongass National Forest, a rain forest.
POW has Alaska’s largest caves, waterfalls, totem poles and forests. It has great hiking, camping, boating, fishing, kayaking and wildlife-watching (black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, seals, whales, birds). What the island lacks is easy access, hotels and crowds.
New Rover Sue Nokleby will offer tips on how to get to POW and what to do there. It is a fantastic trip!
- November 3: Hiking California’s John Muir Trail
The John Muir Trail is one of the top trails in the United States, and you don’t need a car to do it. See some great pictures from the trail and learn what you need to know for a successful hike, such as what bear canisters to use, how to plan food drops and even how to make a cathole. If you have a gear list, you can get it critiqued. Presented by Kim Fishburn.
- November 10: Sightseeing in Delhi
Learn about the biggest attractions in India’s capital—the famous monuments, such as Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and, of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra—as well as the sights and sounds of old and new Delhi and the best places to shop. Presented by Preethi Haran.
- November 17: Adventure in Peru
Go along on a trip to Machu Picchu and the Amazon rain forest, by foot, boat, paraglider and horseback. Presented by Debra and Lauren Gagner.
Past Programs & Presentations
- October 6: Restoring woodland habitat
The Rovers have adopted a woodlot at Elm Creek Regional Park in Maple Grove. Cheryl Batson will tell us what Rovers have discovered on the lot and what kind of progress we have made so far on clearing invasive plants. If that inspires you, join the Oct. 18 expedition to the woodlot to clear buckthorn.
- September 29: Two weeks in Norway and Sweden
If you’re from Minnesota, odds are you have some Scandinavian heritage. (We, however, do not!) Come join two non-Scandinavian Rovers as we share the beauty and variety of Norway and Sweden. We’ll share many fun experiences (hiking, paddling, exploring, playing), tips for getting around and places to stay, and lots of awesome sights in Oslo, Voss, Bergen, Stavanger, Stockholm, and the Uppsala area. Presented by Deb Miner and Ron Talbot.
- September 22: Circle Tour of Lake Superior
The 1,300-mile journey around Lake Superior is one of the world’s best road trips, passing through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. See some of the highlights and find out how to plan your own trip. Presented by Beth Gauper.
- September 15: Fall Intro Show
Find out more about all the fun things Rovers do at this digital slide show set to music. Afterward, meet club members and ask questions about the club and the kinds of trips and activities it offers. Held at the Bloomington REI store starting at 7pm.
- September 8: Gear Swap
Here’s where you’ll find quality gear from people who know their stuff. Did you try a new sport this summer, and you love it? Get gear at the swap!
Do you have unused or extra gear and it’s cluttering your house? Sell it at the swap!
Set-up starts at 6:30 p.m. in Como Park in St. Paul (last outdoor meeting of the season). The swap is open to the public; feel free to bring friends and family.
- September 1: Salute summer with s’mores
Say goodbye to a great summer by toasting up a s’more or two. We’ll provide the basics; you bring any little extras you think might taste good with melted marshmallows.
- August 25: Life as a fur-trade reenactor
Find out what it’s like to interpret the fur-trade era in the Upper Midwest from two members of La Compagnie des Hivernants de la Riviere Saint Pierre, Thelma Boeder and David Christofferson. The Twin Cities-based reenactment group supports historical sites and appears at living-history events, where each member plays different roles: French-Canadian voyageurs, bourgeois bosses, mixed-blood métis and winter hunters and traders, or hivernants.
- August 18: How to not get lost
Learning how to effectively use a map and compass is one of the most overlooked wilderness skills. Whether you’re navigating your way through the backcountry, attempting to locate the next portage or trying to get back to the car at a state park, knowing how use to a map and compass is important. Robert Quinn will show us basic navigation skills.
- August 11: Hiking the longest trail in the nation (and it’s in your back yard)
The North Country Trail is the longest of 11 National Scenic Trails but is far less known than its sister trails, which include the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Superior Hiking Trail.
Though Backpacker magazine has called it “the Next Great Trail,” the NCT is unknown even to many avid Minnesota hikers. Learn more about the NCT’s history and find out what’s along its 4,600 miles, which include 1,050 miles in Minnesota and Wisconsin. You also will learn how you can help the North Country Trail Association get the Arrowhead Re-route (a bill allowing the NCT to follow the Kekakabic, Border Route and Superior hiking trails in Minnesota) through Congress. Presented by Matthew Davis.
- August 4: Identifying buckthorn
Buckthorn — give it an inch, and it will take over an entire forest . . . or even your garden, if it gets a chance. Learn how to identify and stop this aggressive shrub from spreading. Warning: Once you learn to see buckthorn, you will see it everywhere. Presented by Rovers conservation director Craig Gontarek.
- July 28: Mountain-biking basics
New mountain-biking trails are popping up in parks and forests everywhere. Want to try them? Don’t let a few rocks and roots stop you. Veteran mountain bikers Jodi and Scott Stammer will demonstrate basic moves that will get you started. If you have a mountain bike, bring one; otherwise, watch and learn.
- July 21: The Big Boil-Off
If you’ve got to have coffee in the morning, you know the most important piece of backpacking gear: the campstove. Rover Ben Warpeha will tell us how his favorite stove, the quiet, safe and wood-burning Littlbug, has changed the way he camps and cooks.
- July 14: Bikepacking 101
You may know what to take on a backpacking trip, but how about a bikepacking trip? Long-distance bicyclist extraordinaire David Byrne, who has cycled around the world twice, will show us what he’s putting in his panniers for his upcoming weeklong Rovers trip from St. Paul to Galena, Ill., on the Mississippi River Trail. (And if you want to go on the trip, places still are available; see Trips page.)
- July 7: All about folding bikes
The world is full of wonderful bicycle trails and routes — but it’s not always cheap or easy to get to them with your own bike. That’s why it’s so nice to own a bike that can fold into a suitcase that qualifies as checked luggage.
Martha Garces, brand manager for Calhoun Cycle in Minneapolis, will demonstrate a Brompton, a folding bike that’s still hand-made in London, and Rovers Beth Gauper and Torsten Muller will show their Bike Fridays, hand-made in Eugene, Ore. This program will go on rain or shine! (Rescheduled from May 26.)
- June 30: How to thwart a bike thief
Are you afraid to lock up your bike in a public place? Bicycle thieves are increasingly brazen and often carry crowbars and power tools. So how to thwart them? Dave Bole, owner of the Bicycle Chain at Larpenteur and Lexington in Roseville, will show us the best locks and defensive techniques to keep our bikes from being stolen.
- June 23: Backcountry cook-off
Celebrate the longest days of summer with a cook-off in the park. Show off an old favorite, try an interesting new recipe before you take it on the trail . . . and win prizes! Recipes should be suitable for backpacking, take no more than 20 minutes to prepare and use a single-burner stove. We’ll need lots of yummy entries, so please plan to enter. We’ll also need tasters, so bring plates/bowls and utensils to sample the goodies, find new ideas for Rovers trips and vote for your favorite entry.