Southeastern Minnesota – Minnesota Mussels: A Stream Exploration

Clean, healthy water is core to Minnesota’s identity and clean water requires a lot of mussel power!

Join Minnesota Zoo and DNR staff for a day-long journey into the story of freshwater mussels and healthy streams. Spring is the perfect time to explore beautiful southeastern Minnesota!

The day will include:

  • A guided paddle trip down the Cannon River by canoe or kayak, home to many freshwater mussels and other animals
  • Wading in streams to look for mussels in the wild
  • Touring the mussel-rearing facilities at both the Minnesota Zoo and the DNR’s Lake City location
  • Talks from Minnesota Zoo and DNR conservation staff, with education and stories about native (and invasive) mussel species, their impact and natural history, and our ongoing mussel conservation work
  • Breakfast pastries at the Minnesota Zoo and a picnic lunch overlooking the Mississippi River

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 – trip cancelled. It may be rescheduled for the fall. More information to come.
Adults 18+
Times: 8:30 am to 6:45 pm
Cost: $95 (includes breakfast pastries and coffee, picnic lunch, all talks and activities, transportation, and boat & PFD rentals)
CEUs: Available upon request

Registration deadline: April 21, 2018

Itinerary is weather-dependent and might be altered slightly.

How to Register

Register Online

Why Mussels? Did you know that Minnesota is home to fifty species of native freshwater mussels? These small, colorful creatures live in our streams, rivers, and lakes, cleansing our waterways by filtering out excess nutrients and other particles. Considered unremarkable and often overlooked, mussels are extraordinary “ecosystem engineers,” making streams healthier for plants and animals; have fantastic names like elktoe, monkeyface, and fatmucket; and can live over a hundred years. Unfortunately, a full half of our native species are listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. What are the threats facing these tiny animals? Learn more as we travel to their wild habitats.

“Whether to fish or swim or paddle, or only to stand and gaze, to glance as we cross a bridge, all of us are drawn to rivers, all of us happily submit to their spell. We need their familiar mystery.” – John Daniel

Cancellation policy for the Adults Mussel Travel EdVenture 2018:
If you need to cancel your registration for this program, please notify the Education Department at 952.431.9390 no later than April 13th for a refund of 50% of the program fee. No refunds will be made after that date unless the trip is cancelled by the program coordinator. If you cannot attend the program, you may find your own replacement, but please notify us if you have any changes.

If you would like more information on this trip, or to be placed on the interested list for any future trips, please email [email protected].