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  • Thank you @shantastic.life for inspiring us to get out and embrace the Minnesota winters! •Outdoorsy things to do in MN this winter that don’t involve flying down a hill at high speeds – save this for winter adventure list ideas! ️ Locations shared are the exact spots the visuals are from, but obviously take inspiration and explore what’s convenient for you this winter. ️ If you found me from reels, I’m @shantastic.life, follow along for more Midwestern adventures.#mnwinter #minnesotawinter #embracethecold #embracewinter #wintersunset #boldnorth #winterhike #snowshoeing #thingstodoinmn #adventureanywhere #exploremn #minnesota #midwestisbest #mnupstream #naturetherapy #onlyinmn #greatoutdoors #womenwhoexplore #outdoorsy #exploreart #landof10000lakes #hikersofinstagram #captureminnesota #exploretheoutdoors #midwestgrammers #midwesthiking #minnstagramers #discoverunder3k
  • Going Upstream means loving where we live and caring for our shared natural places and people. From the plains to the lakes regions to the boreal forests, we are blessed with amazing and accessible natural spaces.This Give to the Max Day, we encourage Upstreamers to help support organizations who love and care for our places, including Upstream member organizations like:The GoodAcre @thegoodacremn Repowered @getrepowered South Asian Arts & Theater House @saathmn Additionally, we encourage you to make a donation to help Upstream carry out our mission: Celebrating and amplifying the ways Minnesotans from all backgrounds care for our place, while inspiring new actions to be even better stewards of our state. And because we also love where we live, our board will match all gifts to Upstream up to $12,000! Thank you for living Upstream!#givetothemaxday #gttm #upstreamminnesota #minnesotaupstream #careforminnesota #minnesota #love #exploremn
  • Huge congratulations to @minnesotaupstream Strategic Advisor and Co-Founder and Executive Director of @saathmn @divyamaiya for her feature in @voguemagazine !Repost from @divyamaiya•This feels nice, this feels surreal! Never imagined I'd be featured on @voguemagazine I would say it is dream come true but I'd really never dreamed of this. Haha. The day I went saree Skiing was really a roller coaster of a day. I was going through some really bad times and for that memory to be turned around is something I'm so thankful. And at the end of the day, representation matters, representation is powerful and it is inspiring for me and for others! Thanks @avanithakkar_ for this beautiful article! .#featured #vogue #press #representation #thankful
  • Repost from @youngbrokefabulous•GIVEAWAYif you know me, you know I’m a total water baby cuz water sign, duh! so naturally, I love spending time near large bodies of water + in nature in general (see: all my tree + waterfall content above) — so OFC, I love where I live & I know you guys do too, which is why I’m partnering with @minnesotaupstream for the #UpstreamChallenge giveaway & asking you to show us how you take care of Minnesota ️ — whether it’s picking up litter, buying eco-conscious/friendly brands or shopping vintage/thrifting — show us what cha got with a post tagging @minnesotaupstream with the hashtag #UpstreamChallenge & you might just be the lucky winner of: *A 2-night stay at @bluefinbay (where you can get these same north shore views above )*Signed @twins baseball bat*VIP experience at @surlybrewingdo you accept the challenge? tagging @pointy.chin.diaries@jahnapeloquin @lizannelately to join me in this challenge! ️ #takecareofplace #takecareofminnesota #motherearth #natureisneat #gogreen
  • Wow! Look at these gorgeous views!#Repost from @keefography•Rolling out of bed to sunrise views on Lake Superior
  • Have you heard of @threeriversparks ? The mission of Three Rivers Park District is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. It encompasses over 27,000 acres of parks and trails and serves millions of visitors annually! Gene Lau started volunteering at Eastman Nature Center in the winter of 1988. An ad in his local newspaper asked for help leading snowshoe hikes. “Well, I’d never done anything like that before and didn’t know anything about Eastman Nature Center, but it was minutes from my house.” Gene recalls. “I didn’t have anything better to do and it sounded fun.” Back in ’88, volunteering was a little different. Instead of supporting a naturalist who would lead a hike, Gene got a quick tutorial on using snowshoes, which trails to use, some history of the snowshoe and off he went with his first group! Or as Gene puts it, “People, map, snowshoes? Alright, have fun!” While he doesn’t quite remember what that first snowshoe hike was like, he still helps with these programs today — 33 years and a whopping 10,000 volunteer service hours later! Gene is the first volunteer at Three Rivers to reach 10,000 volunteer service hours. But how did he get here? Check out the feature on their website to learn about his inspiring story!https://threeriversparks.org/blog/legacy-service-how-one-volunteer-gave-10000-hours#minnesota #upstreamchallenge #mnupstream #exploremn #careforminnesota
  • Thanks for participating in the #upstreamchallenge !Repost from @m_a_franklin•Some of our favorite ways to care for our place happen to be fun, too! Like cleaning the side of the road, and of course, leaf compression… Upstream Minnesota #UpstreamChallenge
  • Love camping 🏕 and your dog🐕?Good news because Minnesota has several dog friendly campgrounds. One of them is the beautiful @swanlake.camp ! As always be sure to leave the campsite cleaner than you found it and pack plenty of fresh water for your pup!#minnesota #mnupstream #upstreamminnesota #dogsofinstagram
  • Introducing Upstream Photo Fellow, Thai Phan (@thaiphypq). Throughout these breathtaking photos, Thai was adventuring through and capturing the trails at Jay Cooke State Park, Minnehaha Falls, and Cherokee Park. 🏞️ During this May shoot, @thaiphypq's vision was to capture the movement of water with human subjects in the frame because he knew it would be rushing hard that time of year. Thai mentioned that "finding the right shutter speed to capture the flowing water as well as keeping people in focus proved to be challenging yet satisfying." Towards the end of their long trail hikes, he got his son and some of his friends together to play in the park. Bubbles and the Mentos/Coke challenge are always a good way to end a successful walk. Upstream is grateful to be partnering with an artist who cares about authentically experiencing MN trails…#goupstream #mnupstream #mntrails #mncommunity #minnehahafalls #jaycookestatepark #cherokeepark
  • This week, Upstream is focusing on caring for our Minnesota wildlife. What can you do to play your part and help protect our wildlife? Here are some ways we can care for our community of animals so we can continue to live in harmony:🗑️ Enclose waste bins near wildlife areas Be mindful of motor use on the water️ Maintain a clean habitat Reduce lights when it is dark🪴 Plant native speciesStay tuned for more tips on how we can care for all things Minnesota!..#goupstream #mnupstream #mnwildlife #caringforwildlife #recycle
  • Meet Upstream Partner: Fairview (@mhealthfairview)Upstream partner Fairview Health Services looks beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals and meets people where they work, live, learn, play, and worship, including in our shared natural spaces. Whether it's writing a prescription for fresh vegetables, supporting health and affordable housing, or having a sustainable local footprint, Fairview has a unique investment in Minnesota, our shared natural spaces and the people who care for them. We’re proud to have them as an Upstream Partner!Learn more here: https://mhealthfairview.org