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Gratitude Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs.

Gratitude Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Friday, November 19, 2021

Gather at the park entrance, 7pm

Park on the Hwy 55 access road

Thanksgiving is near and Christmas is on the way. This is the open-hearted time of year when we donate to those we support. People are really hurting.

Friends of Coldwater is grateful that the spring still flows although down from 130,000 gallons per day in 1999 to about 70,000 gpd. Water is what climate change is all about: floods, droughts, warming oceans and devastating storms.

Gov. Walz’ failure to stop the Canadian tar sands oil LINE 3 guarantees another 50 years, two generations of fossil fuel economy. The oil pipeline crosses the headwaters of Hudson Bay, the Mississippi and the Great Lakes/Laurencian watershed. Seems disingenuous for a man who taught high school geography for 20 years to sacrifice our water in the state named for water, Mi-ni is Dakota for water.

Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota sacred site and the birthplace of the state of Minnesota, where the soldiers lived who built Fort Snelling and a civilian community developed to service the Fort.

Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 10,000-year-old landscape ancestor. We return and return to remember the spirits that feed this Dakota sacred site.

Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000. Traditional group howl when the moon peeks out.


Sunset 4:41 pm (2 hours, 20 minutes earlier than last full moon including the hour daylight savings change)

Moonrise 4:55 pm (1 hour, 44 minutes earlier than last month)

Moment of the full moon: 2:59 am


DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.

Gather at the cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.

Free. All welcome.

Contact Us

Friends of Coldwater Website