Grand opening for Brown’s Creek State Trail near Stillwater will include a weeklong celebration

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A week of events will celebrate the grand opening of Brown’s Creek State Trail, starting with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6 (National Trails Day) in the parking lot east of  Highway 95 and Elm Street in Stillwater, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Kids are invited to decorate their bikes with provided supplies at 9:30 a.m. and then line up to be the first to ride the trail after the ribbon-cutting. Refreshments and naturalist activities will follow the ribbon-cutting.

“Brown’s Creek State Trail is a beautiful 6-mile addition to the Minnesota state parks and trails system,” said Erika Rivers, the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division director. “We expect it to be popular with walkers, bikers, in-line skaters and cross-country skiers.”

Rivers and Assistant Commissioner Sarah Strommen will represent the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at the ribbon-cutting. Joining them will be Gary Kriesel, chairman, Washington County Board of Commissioners; Ted Kozlowski, mayor, city of Stillwater; Craig Leiser, president of Brown’s Creek Watershed District; Bob Hagstrom, director, Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association; and others.

Special events later in the week include:

–Sunday, June 7, 1 p.m.: Geocaching 101.
–Monday, June 8, 1 p.m.: Nature Through a Camera Lens.
–Tuesday, June 9, 7 a.m.: Birds of Brown’s Creek State Trail.
–Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m.: Wildflower/Plant Walk.
–Thursday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.: Brown’s Creek Watershed District Ice Cream Social and Trail Ride.

To participate in any of these events, meet at the Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve, south of McKusick Road on Neal Avenue in Stillwater.

Brown’s Creek State Trail is paved from Stillwater to the Gateway State Trail, which continues all the way to St. Paul. It is part of Minnesota’s extensive state trail system, which includes nearly 600 miles of paved trails.

For a trail map or more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/browns_creek/index.html or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Map of meeting location at Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve: http://images.dnr.state.mn.us/destinations/state_trails/browns_creek/map_of_grand_opening_events.jpg

 

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