Bdote Mni SoÌta: Human and geologic history at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers
Bdote Mni SoÌta is at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers and is a sacred place to the Dakota. It is also the site where the US government would build Fort Snelling in the 1820s. This field trip will explore the underlying geology and geomorphology of the area near the confluence, as well as the fascinating, troubling, and frequently untold story of the relationship of the Dakota within the area that would later be called the Twin Cities. This trip provides a unique opportunity to examine the cultural, social, and natural history of the area and to cultivate a deeper sense of place.
This field trip will not be physically demanding and we encourage participants to let us know during registration if there are any forms of support needed to allow them to get the most out of the day-long event (wheelchair, sign language specialist, etc.). Information about average weather conditions in the Twin Cities area during the summer can be found here. Cost includes both transportation and a box lunch.
- Departure: 8:30am
- Return: 4:00pm
- Attire: Wear comfortable hot-weather clothing, hiking footwear, and a hat. Bring a backpack for lunch (provided) and water, sunscreen, a rain coat, and a camera.
During the last Ice Age, retreating glaciers left thick moraine deposits over the bedrock in the area. As the glaciers melted, torrential meltwaters carved through the deposits to form the valleys of what are now the Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. (Fort Snelling State Park)
Cost and Registration
Registration for the field trip is open to the first 25 people to sign up. Participants can sign up when completing their Rendezvous registration form. Cost is $60 and includes transportation and a box lunch. Lunch arrangements (including dietary preferences) will be organized after registration.