Week-long Celebration Announced for Grand Opening of Browns Creek State Trail

Browns Creek State Trail (MnDNR Photo)

Browns Creek State Trail (MnDNR Photo)

 

The official grand opening of the Browns Creek State Trail will happen on National Trails Day.

The family-friendly event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the trailhead located at the intersection of Main and Laurel streets north of downtown Stillwater and south of the Stillwater Depot.

The event will include art activities at the trailhead, and staffed interpretive displays along the 6-mile Browns Creek State Trail that connects downtown Stillwater with the Gateway State Trail in Grant.

Parking may be limited at the trailhead, so county officials are suggesting people plan to arrive early or by bike.

Events will occur during the day, and then continue through the week to celebrate the new trail.

Here’s a schedule of events:

  • National Trails Day Event: June 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. As you travel along the trail, visit with a naturalist at five separate pullouts, participate in activities, and learn more about the trail and the resources around it.
  • Grand Opening Ceremony: June 6, 10 a.m. at Stillwater Trailhead. Browns Creek formal grand opening ceremony. The event will include art projects for children, speakers, music, a ribbon cutting and refreshments.
  • Geocaching 101: June 7, 1 p.m. at Browns Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Avenue. Discover the challenge of geocaching. Learn how to use a GPS unit and then head out to find some specially-placed caches.
  • Nature Through a Camera Lens: June 8, 1 p.m. at Browns Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Avenue. The group will go for a walk along the trail taking pictures of nature’s beauty along the way.
  • Birds of Browns Creek State Trail: June 9, 7 a.m. at Browns Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Avenue. Join the group to try to identify as many bird species as possible by sight and sound. Bring binoculars.
  • Wildflower and Plant Walk: June 10, 10 a.m. at Browns Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Avenue. Join a group on a walk along the trail to see what flowers are blooming, what’s blooming next and has already bloomed, and what other plants are out there.
  • Browns Creek Watershed District Ice Cream Social: June 11, 6:30 p.m. at Browns Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Avenue. This will have a number of fun activities along the trail to learn about the work the Browns Creek Watershed District is doing. Complete a passport to receive a prize and, of course, eat some ice cream.
  • Thursday Evening Trail Ride: June 11, 6:30 p.m. at Browns Creek Nature Preserve at Neal Avenue.

The Browns Creek State Trail will eventually connect to local park and trail systems, including the Loop Trail that will link Minnesota and Wisconsin as part of the St. Croix River Crossing Project.

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