Bluff Happenings

  • Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Join us as we celebrate five years of improving trails, increasing enjoyment and building stewardship!

    Monday, December 4th

    4:30-6:30 pm at The Staghead, 219 Bush Street

    Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a free drink while and helping us plan the next five years. 

  • Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Help us begin the process of eradicating oriental bittersweet on one section of the BTCA. 

    Friday, November 10th

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    For more information contact David Anderson at

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 7:24 PM | Anonymous


    Saturday, September 9th 

    10:00 am - 12:00 

    Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area

    We will be meeting at the Neal Street Trail head to work on replacing the steps and removing bittersweet on the trails. 

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    FOTB is sponsoring the 2017 River City Days Disc Golf Tournament.  

    Saturday, August 5th 

    Memorial Park - 8:30-11:30 am

    Open to all ages and playing levels.

    See attached document flier (2017 River City DaysTourney (1).pdf) and disc golf course map (DiscGolfMapFriends17.pdf) for more information.


  • Monday, July 17, 2017 7:22 PM | Anonymous

    Monday, July 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm

    We will be meeting at the Sumac Drive Trailhead to work on clearing the trails, removing oriental bittersweet and buckhorn.  Open to all, Friends of the Bluffs will provide tools, bug spray and water.

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:15 PM | Anonymous

    Join Friends of the Bluffs and the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center as we work on the trails at Barn Bluff on Wednesday, June 21st from 5:30-8:00 pm.  We will be improving the water bars to help redirect the flow of rain water.  Additional trail projects will be happening too. Bring gloves, long pants, close-toed shoes, water, pick axes, shovels, and a friend. ELC will provide buns and brats at the end of the work evening. For more information contact Laura Wildenborg at  

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:14 PM | Anonymous

    Friends of the Bluffs will be operating the concession stand at Sargent's Nursery on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.  We would like to encourage everyone to come out and purchase your flower and vegetable plants and enjoy a hot dog or brat while you are at it.  Volunteers are needed to help work the stand too, if interested contact David Anderson at 651-380-4296 or  

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Friends of the Bluffs will be hosting a celebratory event at the newly completed Barn Bluff West Overlook on Saturday, September 13th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Members and bluff enthusiasts are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project process and enjoy social time together.

  • Monday, February 10, 2014 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Friends of the Bluffs held their Annual Planning Retreat on February 3rd at the Red Wing Ignite Building. This event was an opportunity for the Board, stakeholders, and members to meet together for 2014 project planning and goal-setting.

    Board President Chap Achen opened the meeting with a review of 2013 accomplishments and then asked for input on whether Friends of the Bluffs should continue forward as a ‘boots’ (working group) organization or a ‘glue’ (create partnerships to support local bluff projects) organization. The group consensus was that FOTB can and should maintain both missions at its core.

    Small groups gathered during the breakout session to generate a list of ideas and priorities. Some of these included:

    •          Improving safety on Barn Bluff North Trail
    •          Promoting FOTB brand through clothing, advertising, promotion and public events
    •          Creative donation and membership options
    •          Plan a bluff event for Friends of the Bluffs membership
    •          Support invasive species management plan through scheduled bluff burns
    •          Create a comprehensive FOTB Communication Plan
    •          Education for improving stewardship


    The Friends of the Bluffs Board will be meeting later in the month to establish project planning priorities based on feedback at the retreat – stay tuned for future activities, projects and opportunities from FOTB!

  • Friday, October 25, 2013 3:47 PM | Anonymous
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of America in cooperation with the City of Red Wing will be conducting several controlled prescribed burns of the native prairies on Sorin's Bluff/Memorial Park on Monday, October 28th. The purpose of the burns is to reduce invasive species in these areas and to stimulate existing native plants.

    These burns are the first steps of a long range management plan to preserve and enhance these native plant communities within Red Wing. The schedule for the prescribed burns is dependent on weather and wind conditions. The Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area burn will be scheduled at a later date on a non-student day at Twin Bluff Middle School. More information will be available at a later date.

    Please be aware that the fires and smoke will be noticeable from great distances due to the bluff top prairie locations and that some of the burn units are adjacent to residential properties. Residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid these areas while the prescribed burns are taking place and while burn crew members are on the scene.

    Please contact Steve Kohn at the City of Red Wing (651.385.3622) or email at for further questions.

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