We Are Water MN

We Are The Headwaters

We Are Water MN deepens connections between the humanities and water through a network of partnerships, a traveling exhibit, and public events. We Are Water MN helps communities, organizations, and individuals make better, more collaborative, and more relevant choices about water.


We Are Water Exhibit

May 13- July 11, 2021

Minnesota Discovery Center,
1001 Discovery Dr, Chisholm, MN 55719, USA


Upcoming Events

  • We Are Water Speaker Series
    We Are Water Speaker Series
    Multiple Thursday Evenings
    Multiple Thursday Evenings
    Learn more in depth about water topics specific to our region including water and labor history in the Fur Trade Era, nibi walks, water as it relates to the 1854 Treaty, and local invasive species. May 27, June 17, July 1, & July 8 Registration for each date coming soon!
  • Paddle on Carey Lake in Hibbing
    Jul 10, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Hibbing, Hibbing, MN 55746, USA
    Come for a paddle on Carey Lake with Mesabi Outdoor Adventures and North St. Louis SWCD! Please register to give us an idea of attendance.
  • Speaker Series-Invasive Species in our Local Communities
    Jul 08, 6:00 PM
    oin Natalya Walker, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District. She'll be speaking on the importance of stories, science, data, and behavior working together to help prevent the spread of Invasive Species.
  • Speaker Series- Nibi (water) Walks and their Cultural Significance
    Jul 01, 6:00 PM
    Join Sharon Day, Ojibwe and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. She'll be speaking on the important of Nibi (water) walks and sharing her experiences in leading them.
  • Speaker Series-The Fur Trade & Water
    Jun 17, 6:00 PM
    Join us for the second installment of our We Are Water MN Speaker Series! For this session, we're teaming up with Gary Kaunonen, PhD, an independent historian of labor and immigration and a documentary filmmaker. Mr. Kaunonen will lead a program on water in terms of labor and the fur trade.
  • Bog Exploration at the Sax-Zim Bog
    Jun 16, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Meadowlands, 8793 Owl Ave, Meadowlands, MN 55765, USA
    Join us on a socially distanced field trip to see some of the plants, animals, and bugs that call bogs home, all the while getting a better understanding of this misunderstood and critically important wetland ecosystem. Note: Registration is limited to 5 vehicles
  • We Do It For The Water Play
    Thu, Jun 10
    Jun 10, 6:00 PM
    Chisholm, 1001 Discovery Dr, Chisholm, MN 55719, USA
    This play weaves stories of Indigenous struggles to protect our water beginning with saving Camp Cold Water Spring, the Mother Earth Water Walks, the Nibi Walks and The North Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Virtual BioBlitz "How To" Webinar
    Jun 01, 6:00 PM
    We Are Water MN- Iron Range is hosting a virtual BioBlitz from May 13- July 11 in tandem of the We Are Water MN Exhibit at the Minnesota Discovery Center. Wondering what a BioBlitz is or how to use the iNaturalist app and website to participate? Come to this online "How To" to learn!
  • Speaker Series- Marne Kaeske- 1854 Treaty Authority
    May 27, 6:00 PM
    Zoom webianr
    For this first talk, we're teaming up with Marne Kaeske from the 1854 Treaty Authority. As a Cultural Preservation Specialist, she'll share with us what the 1854 Treaty Authority does and its connection to water management.
  • Spring Fling!
    Spring Fling!
    Sat, May 22
    May 22, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Virginia, 111 S 9th Ave W, Virginia, MN 55792, USA
    Spring Fling! Tackle, Tulips, and Solar Tours is hosted by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability. It will be an opportunity to learn, connect, and explore aspects of water, soil, and sun after the long pandemic year.
  • We Are Water Virtual BioBlitz
    Thu, May 13
    May 13, 7:00 AM – Jul 12, 11:00 PM
    Participate in a virtual BioBlitz at select areas through the iNaturalist app and website to learn and share more about what living creatures call the St. Louis and Little Fork Watersheds home. Be sure to sign up for the project in iNaturalist to be entered into prizes!
  • Open Water
    Open Water
    Thu, May 06
    May 06, 4:00 PM
    Virginia, 510 Chestnut St, Virginia, MN 55792, USA
    An exhibit of images of Spring and Summer in the Northland. May 6-29 Thursday-Saturday 11a-3p Opening May 6 4p-7p https://www.lyriccenteronline.org/

Audio Stories

These stories were recorded by We Are Water MN, a program of the Minnesota Humanities Center and its partners. Each 2-3 minute story shares a Minnesota resident's personal history, observations, or relationship with water. A reflection question is provided so that you can consider your own perspective, in response.

Natalya Walker


Natalya Walker talks about the challenges of invasive species and the effects they have in Minnesota waters. What invasive species threaten the waters near you and how do you help prevent them from spreading?

Ellen Taube


Ellen Taube discusses the history of baptism and how the best technique is immersion or under water. Do you use water in ceremonies?

Mike Kennedy


Mike Kennedy explains what a watershed is and discusses the impacts of climate change on Minnesota lakes and rivers. What stories do you have about how water is changing?

Paula Lillesve


Paula Lillesve talks about the impacts people can have on lakes without realizing. How do you impact the water near you?

Nevada Littlewolf


Nevada Littlewolf shares her thoughts on the responsibility of taking care of water and how water can take care of people. What are some ways you take care of water?

Dana Lindstrom


Dana Lindstrom and her husband’s love for the ice led to them getting married on it, in skates! Where did you first get out on the ice?

Tim Wallace


Tim Wallace tells of his Siberian Huskies’ love of snow, but has noticed that winters are changing and how it can make it difficult to dogsled. How was Minnesota's changing climate impacted your winter activities?


We are Water MN is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

We are Water MN is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Clean Water Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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