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.
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Upcoming Programs & Presentations
- December 1: Joining the Loppet Adventure
The Minneapolis-based Loppet Foundation is best known for organizing the big City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival in February. But it’s active throughout the year, offering mountain-bike as well as ski training and monthly events and outings for members.
It also offers many opportunities for volunteers to help build and maintain the urban trail network and create passion for outdoor activities. Presented by Lindsay Henning and Emily Eastman of the Loppet Foundation.
- December 8: Bicycling Through Winter
Join the hardy Minnesota cycling hordes and ride your bike throughout winter, to get to work or just to have fun. Learn basic winter-riding skills plus the kinds of clothing you’ll need and the tires that work best. Presented by CJ Lindor of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.
- December 15: Hiking the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim
In October, Rovers Barry S. and Jen O. hiked the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim over 4 days, camping along the way. This was a trip they had wanted to do for years and finally got the required permit this year. They also did a number of side hikes off the main trail. Enjoy spectacular pictures from their trip as well as hear about the logistics of putting the trip together and the best time to do it.
- December 22: Wildlife encounters in New Zealand
Follow along with Rover Mike Sweet as he looks for exotic birds and animals on three islands in New Zealand: North, South and Stewart.
- December 29: Ice Playgrounds of Lake Superior
Snow isn’t always reliable in winter, but we can always count on ice. Wherever it is found — on cliff walls, in river canyons and along shorelines — it forms stunningly beautiful tableaux that are different each day.
Beth Gauper will tell you where to find the most beautiful icescapes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula (and the kind of cleats you’ll need to explore them).
- January 12: Paddling Manitoba’s Bloodvein River
In July 2015, six Rovers flew into Manitoba’s Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and paddled 220 kilometers on the Bloodvein River to Lake Winnipeg.
Part of the Canadian Heritage River System, the Bloodvein passes through calm marshes and small lakes as well as narrow gorges with Class I to IV rapids. Along its shores, bedrock outcrops and massive boulders illustrate the retreat of the last glacier, and paddlers have a view of vegetation and wildlife that have evolved undisturbed and virtually free of non-native species. Tom Eckstein and fellow paddlers will provide a visual tour of the river, including GoPro footage of some of the rapids they ran.
- January 19: Outward Bound and Wilderness Tips
Learn how Outward Bound changes lives through challenge and discovery, generally in wilderness. Dan Stark, program coordinator for Voyageur Outward Bound School in St. Paul, also will tell us about dog-sledding and cross-country skiing courses for adults and offer tips for traveling through the wilderness.
- February 23: Mother-Daughter Adventures in the North and South Islands of New Zealand
Join us for a presentation that will highlight our adventures in the air, water and below ground. Learn about Maori culture, the 2015 World Cup champion rugby team (go All Blacks!), glowworms, glaciers, mining and much more. Presented by Darcy Amnuel.
Past Programs & Presentations
- November 24: Outdoor Photography on a Budget
Would you like to be National Geographic’s next outdoor photographer, but you’re concerned about equipment costs? Learn how to capture the wonders of nature using equipment that won’t break the bank.
Rich Hoeg of Duluth built his own skills via a 365-day photo project where he forced himself to capture an image of a bird every day . . . even in blizzards! He’ll provide tips on equipment, exposure settings, photography project ideas and more.
- November 17: Adventure in Peru
Come along on a trip to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Lima and the Amazon Basin rain forest. We experience historic sites, villages, city and nature by foot, boat, horseback, raft and paraglider! Presented by Debra and Lauren Gagner.
- 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 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.
- 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!
- 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 13: Climbing Volcanoes and Trekking in Luzon, Philippines
- 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.