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Bike Ride the Summer

Each summer offers the chance to explore new places, see new things. Yet again, Minnesota ranked in the top five states for being bike-friendly. That's no surprise. With many local Minnesota governments taking into account the need for safe bike routes, and a public demand for more accessible bike routes, the ability to get out and "ride the summer" is becoming easier.
We've put together some blog articles covering bike lanes, biking for beginners, and even a history of the Paul Bunyan Trail, to show how easy getting your bike on can be. Also, if you'd like to stretch your legs, the Rotary Ride for Clean Water is coming up. What a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and help contribute to international water projects.
Eco Camp Sessions Still Available

The 2015 Eco Camp sessions are now open. You can register your kids for one of three week-long session. Dates are as follows:
  • July 6-10 --> Grades 3-4, Cost $75
  • July 20-24 --> Grades 5-6, Cost $75
  • Aug. 3-7 --> Pre-K (Ages 4&5), Cost $35 (Only half day sessions)
Veteran Eco-Counselor, Michelle H. says, "There are many reasons to send your kids to Eco Camp. Kids will immerse themselves in all things sustainable. We talk about gardening and they see the process in getting their food from the ground to the table and participate in that entire process. But, one of the biggest reasons I would send my kids to Eco Camp is because it's fun!"

Field trips, games, crafts, and much more await kids during their week-long day camp session.

Nora W, coming into her second year as an Eco Counselor, states, "My most favorite part of Eco Camp is the lessons that are hands on and interactive. We get to show kids all the really cool things about the wildlife that we have here in Minnesota."

For more information on what to expect, you can check out our Eco Camp page which has registration materials, blog posts, and videos.
Strawberries Romanoff
Minnesota in June means strawberries. Whether you choose to grab them at your favorite farmer's market stall or at a U-Pick-'Em farm, the taste of these red jewels gives us the hint of the summer to come. Once you've got your strawberries, here's a delicious (but not at all nutritious) recipe for you to try out.

Strawberries Romanoff
  • 1 quart strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sour cream
Mix water with the brown sugar, stir until dissolved and runny. Add vanilla and sour cream. Mix well. (It should taste like caramel.) Refrigerate for two hours. Add berries before serving. May top with a few blueberries before serving for added color.


Upcoming Events

Pine River Market Square

Downtown Pine River
Fridays 2:30-5:30pm

Birding For Beginners

Tuesday, June 23
HUG Campus
$5/Person OR $10/Family

Tiny Turtles

Pre-K Activities
2nd Monday of Every Month
July 13, Aug 10
FREE but RSVP Requested
Contact Michelle Hoefs at for information.

Summerfest & Cass County Fair

June 25-28
Events all over Pine River
Parade: June 26, 2pm
Lots of free events!

Sustainable Tuesdays

Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St. SW
Bemidji, MN

Northland Arboretum

Country Sampler Picnic
Wednesday, July 15
Cost: $15 Adults, $5 Kids

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