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Go with the flow of Phalen Creek
June 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
For countless generations, the waterways of Imnižaska (Saint Paul) have cared for and been cared for by Minnesota’s Dakota people. Historically, Phalen Creek flowed out of Lake Phalen, meandering for about four miles through what is now the East Side of St. Paul, emptying into the Wakpa Taŋka (Mississippi River). The creek served as a cultural and spiritual corridor for Dakota people, who made our way up the chain of lakes by canoe to White Bear Lake to gather traditional foods like psiŋ (wild rice). This waterway also nurtured newly immigrated Swedish, Italian, Polish, and Mexican communities who made their homes in Swede Hollow. American colonization and rampant development contaminated this waterway, and by the early 20th century, Phalen Creek was buried underground in a concrete storm pipe.
Join us on Saturday, June 26th 10am – 11:30am as we Go With The Flow of Phalen Creek and learn more about this amazing waterway and our efforts to resurface it! This program is supported in part by Capitol Region Watershed District.
Register for this exciting opportunity to reconnect with one of Saint Paul’s lost waterways here: https://bit.ly/3geJut3
We’ll meet at Swede Hollow Park (665 Greenbrier St. entrance) and trace the path of Phalen Creek into Wakáŋ Tipi / Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and comfortable walking shoes.
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