Outdoors Stories

Even many long-time residents of our region may not know how rich we are in outdoor resources, especially when it comes to biking and paddling but of course, that’s not all. Here are some Greater Mankato Area outdoors stories for your enlightenment!

Photo by Scott Moeller - Prairie bouquet at Linnaeus Arboretum in St. Peter

Treasure In Our Midst – Linnaeus Arboretum

On the outskirts of St Peter, Linnaeus Arboretum is a hidden gem that a many people don't know about. Best of all, all are welcome and admittance is free
Photo courtesy MSU’s Engineering Center of Excellence - Explore Adventure STEM campers

Adventures in learning – Explore Adventure STEM Summer Camp

MSU, Mankato grad student Jonathan Trzepkowski pioneered MSU's Explore Adventure STEM summer camp to inspire elementary students.
Primitive Campfire

Ready for Anything – Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School

Mason Grove and the Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School have positioned themselves to help the people of southern Minnesota learn to be more sell-sufficient.
Mount Kilimanjaro and its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and the highest peak in Africa

Dan Lee – Climbing for a Cause

Dan Lee loves adventure but he also loves helping others find their adventures too. After recently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, he's moving on to the Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador but it's always for a cause!
Photo by Rick Pepper - Aerial view of Veterans Memorial Bridge looking south

Mankato New Construction – Aerial Photo Album

Rick Pepper offers some aerial photos of new construction in Mankato
Photo by Rick Pepper - Triple Falls above the Blue Earth River

Working For An Ecologically Sound Southern Minnesota – The Blue Earth Project

The Blue Earth Project seeks to influence Southern Minnesota towards a more sustainable environmental future
Book of poetry outdoors

Poetry in Motion – The Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride

The Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride contributes to the growing arts culture scene of the Greater Mankato Area by offering exposure to the work of many Minnesota poets at strategic locations.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Alec Maertens, Jacob Pepper, Christian House on the Spring Lake Park sliding hill

Fun on the Sliding Hill – Photo Album

Rick Pepper reminds us of childhood fun with his photo album of Mankato Area sliding hills
Ice Rink - Mankato, MN

The Weekend Spin with Stacy K – Old Town Community Ice Rink

Mankato area musician, Stacy K, introduces the Old Town Community Ice Rink
Mississippi Headwaters - Lake Itasca, MM

Dan on the Water – ‘SUP Mississippi?

Mankato Area native, Dan Lee, talks about his adventures on a stand up paddle board down the entire length of the Mississippi River.