On Saturday, July 6, the public is invited to tour native plant communities and view recent habit work at the Gneiss Outcrop Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), southeast of Granite Falls.
Brad Bolduan of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will host the event which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will learn about the many unique plants that thrive in the rocks, rock pools and prairies.
Gneiss outcrops in the area date back to 3.8 billion years ago, making them some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world.
The tour is appropriate for all ages. Hikers should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for wet soils and vegetation, uneven ground and the weather. Bring water and insect repellant. There are no public restrooms or trails on these sites.
Gneiss Outcrops SNA is located 1.5 miles east of Granite Falls on Minnesota Highway 212, then 2.5 miles south on County Road 40.
More information on the SNA and a map of the site can be found here. Questions may directed to Brad Bolduan at 507-831-2900, ext. 241 or by email.
Funding for this event was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).