Your opportunity to be active in the outdoors 
in a fun, safe and social environment.
With 100% chance of rain in the forecast the Nordic Walk this evening is cancelled. Luckily, we have the opportunity to walk the stone Arch Bridge one more time this summer! This rainy April is sure to bring a beautiful, green and colorful landscape.
Speaking of beautiful, walking around the Arboretum last week was great. The daffodils were in bloom and we were so close to seeing all the tulips. I advise you to head there in the next week to see them in full bloom.
Send me an RSVP for the Sunday bike ride to join the adventure. We will be riding along the southern end of the Minneapolis Grand Rounds. Get your bike out and ready for a fun morning. 
The HOW Apostle Trip is full but if you are still wanting to do a kayak trip on Lake Superior contact Living Adventure. This outfitter is the best! They have other trips with openings to the public. You will not regret an adventure with Living Adventure!
This Week
Nordic Walking Tuesdays - the walk is cancelled for tonight
Tuesday April 25th, 6pm
This week we explore the Mississippi River and the Stone Arch Bridge. Meet near the Nicollet Island Inn. The last walk of every month will be followed by a social hour! Plan to stay after to chat with friends.

Bike Maintenance 101
Wednesday April 26th, 6:30pm
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HOW Bike Ride
Sunday April 30th, 10:00am
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Coming Up
Be sure to check out the Hoigaard's calendar for a full listing of our events, seminars and community programs.  There are Bike Maintenance classes, Nordic Walking Intros, Bike Rides, Canoe and Kayak Demo's, Paddle Derby, paddles and other special programs coming up.
Introduction to Nordic Walking
Monday May 22nd, 1-2pm & 6-7pm
Monday June 12th, 1-2pm & 6-7pm
Learn the basic techniques and rhythm of walking with Nordic poles. Research shows walking is the number one exercise with health benefits. By adding poles you burn 33% more calories! This class is taught through the Community Education Program of St. Louis Park. For more information go to
HOW Bike Rides
Thursday May 25th 6:00pm
Medicine Lake (19 miles)
Meet at Theodore Wirth Park at the Par 3 Chalet. We will ride the trail west to Medicine Lake and loop back.
Sunday June 25th 10:00am
Mini Grand Rounds - North (30 miles)
Meet at Hoigaards for a long ride along Victory Memorial Parkway, down the Mississippi River and back along the Greenway.  Bring a lunch for a break at the St. Anthony Falls.
Sunday July 16th 10:00am
Mississippi River Trail (20 miles)
Meet at the upper parking lot of Fort Snelling. We will be riding up and back each side of the Mississippi River Trail.
Sunday August 13th 10:00am
Mini Grand Rounds - South (20 miles)
Meet at Hoigaard's for a ride down the Greenway, connect to the river and return to the shop following the Chain of Lakes. Bring a lunch for a break at one of the lakes.
HOW Camp Out at Afton State Park - Registration full
Saturday May 20th - Sunday May 21st
Spend the night with HOW at Afton State Park. Experience tent camping, outdoor cooking, learn new outdoor skills and enjoy the trails at Afton. We will leave Saturday afternoon and return Sunday evening. Saturday night we will cook over camp stoves and have a fire with evening s'mores. Sunday we will explore the trail at Afton and hike around 5 miles. Included in the price is the site reservation and food for the weekend. You will need your own sleeping bag, mattress, backpack, and other personal items. For more information or to sign up email Limited space available. $25/person
Monday July 10th, 6:00pm
Monday July 24th, 6:00pm
Monday August 7th, 6:00pm
Join Hoigaard's Outdoor Women for an evening of Stand Up Paddle boarding. We will have a variety of boards for everyone to try! Limited space available. $10 registration fee/session to hold your spot will be returned to you in the form of a gift card at the event.
HOW Summer Paddle Trip - Registration full
Thursday August 17th - Sunday August 20th
HOW is heading to the Apostles! 
*Events may be cancelled if we do not receive at minimum 3 confirmed RSVP's 3 days prior to the event. Please register for any of the events listed above by emailing or call 952.929.1351 x212. Please include your phone and email to be contacted in an emergency or in the event of a cancellation. 
**Most activities are weather dependent - for up-to-date info keep checking our Facebook page or website.
Nordic Walking Tuesdays!
Beginning in April and going through October, we will be walking together every Tuesday evening.  We will meet at 6pm and start the walk shortly after. Nordic Walking poles will be available. No RSVP needed! Follow the Hoigaard's Facebook page or call 952.929.1351 X212 with any questions. 
Date  Location 
4.25.17 Stone Arch Bridge
5.2.17 French Regional Park
5.9.17 Minnehaha Creek
5.16.17 Lake Calhoun
5.23.17 Woodlake Nature Center
5.30.17 Minnehaha Falls
6.6.17 Westwood Hills Nature Center
6.13.17 MN Landscape Arboretum 2pm
MN Landscape Arboretum 6pm
6.20.17 Hyland Lake Park Reserve
6.27.17 Lake Nokomis
*The last walk of every month will be followed by a social hour! Plan to stay after to chat with friends.
Unless otherwise noted, you can register for any of the events listed above by e-mailing or call 952-929-1351 x212.

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