Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community

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Raspberry Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Wednesday, July 13, 2022


Raspberry Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, another Super Moon

Gather at the park entrance, 7pm

Park on the Hwy 55 access road


Raspberries line the pathway to the Spring House. Monarch and swallowtail butterflies flicker among prairie wildflowers planted by the National Park Service (NPS) after it clear cut Coldwater Park.


There is a new NPS superintendent at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) which includes Coldwater. Tucker Blythe has ordered ash trees invaded by emerald ash borer to be cut and replaced by service berry, an indigenous shrub or small tree. Loved by birds and pollinators the dark purple service berries were pounded into dried meat and fat to make pemmican by Native people.


Friends of Coldwater are grateful that the spring still flows although down from 144,000 gallons per day before the Highway 55 reroute to about 66,000 gpd. Water is what climate change is all about: floods, droughts, warming oceans and devastating storms.


Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota sacred site. Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 11,000-year-old landscape ancestor. We return and return to remember theĀ 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 8:58pmĀ (3-minutes earlier than last full moon)

Moonrise 9:37pm (18-minutes earlier than last month)

Moment of the full moon: 1:37pm


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 54thĀ 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.

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