Calendar of Events

Jul
18
Thu
EX.I.T.E. Camp (EXploring Interests In Technology and Engineering) @ PACER Center
Jul 18 – Aug 8 all-day

About EXITE

  • A 5-Day Camp in August for middle school girls (6th-9th grades in the fall) with disabilities.
  • It’s FREE, you just need transportation and a box lunch each day.
  • Camp runs each day from 9 AM to 4 PM at PACER Center in Bloomington.
  • Do amazing experiments, make friends that will last a lifetime, discover how science, technology, engineering and math can be cool and exciting.

PACER’s mission of EX.I.T.E. Camp is to empower middle school girls with disabilities in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). EX.I.T.E. Camp provides a safe and supported environment for hands-on learning as well as a place to meet new friends and create lasting memories.

In 2018, PACER Center collaborated with community partners for the 16thconsecutive year to present a camp specifically for middle school girls with disabilities. Technology experts, scientists, and engineers from Accenture, C.H. Robinson, IBM, Medtronic and 3M gathered for five days in August and generously donated their talents, resources, and insight to inspire middle school girls with disabilities.

The 2018 EX.I.T.E. Camp was sponsored with generous donations from Boston Scientific, The Donaldson Company, ECMC Foundation, Minneapolis Foundation, The Women’s Foundation, Xcel Energy, and 3M Company. The 2019 EX.I.T.E. camp will bring similar experiences.

EXITE Camp Schedule 2019
Thursday, July 25 Opening Ceremony 4 to 5 p.m.
Monday, July 29 Camp Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 Camp Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 2 Camp Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 Camp Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8 Camp Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8 Closing Ceremony 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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Please contact Tina Hanson at 952-838-9000 or stc@pacer.org for more information or questions about this program.

Jul
31
Wed
Paul’s Pals Stewardship Committee Meeting
Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stewardship Committee Meeting
Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Aug
2
Fri
Event Committee Meeting
Aug 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Aug
3
Sat
Navigating MSP Airport @ MSP Airport, Terminal 1
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Navigating MSP Airport @ MSP Airport, Terminal 1

Having a child with special needs can make travel intimidating. Navigating MSP Airport helps ease the anxiety with free, monthly practice runs through the airport. A partnership between the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Fraser and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), this program will allow you to:

  • Experience TSA security
  • Explore the terminal
  • Board a plane and meet a pilot
  • Prepare for takeoff
  • Gather helpful tips, info & resources
Aug
5
Mon
24th Annual AuSM Golf Classic @ The Royal Golf Club
Aug 5 all-day
24th Annual AuSM Golf Classic @ The Royal Golf Club

Rolling hills, mature trees, and abundant wildlife provide the scenic backdrop for this challenging, yet approachable 18-hole course. The front nine, or the Queen’s Nine, was designed by Annika Sorenstam, and the back nine, known as the King’s Nine, was designed by Arnold Palmer. Take a Monday off from work and hit the greens in support of the local autism community!

Aug
28
Wed
Paul’s Pals Stewardship Committee Meeting
Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stewardship Committee Meeting
Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sep
7
Sat
Navigating MSP Airport @ MSP Airport, Terminal 1
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Navigating MSP Airport @ MSP Airport, Terminal 1

Having a child with special needs can make travel intimidating. Navigating MSP Airport helps ease the anxiety with free, monthly practice runs through the airport. A partnership between the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Fraser and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), this program will allow you to:

  • Experience TSA security
  • Explore the terminal
  • Board a plane and meet a pilot
  • Prepare for takeoff
  • Gather helpful tips, info & resources
Sep
14
Sat
9th Annual Great River Race – Race to Close the Achievement Gap @ Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate), Saint Paul, MN
Sep 14 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
9th Annual Great River Race - Race to Close the Achievement Gap @ Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate), Saint Paul, MN

Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, McKnight Foundation and other partners have teamed up to host the Great River Race to Close the Gap on the Mississippi River. The big race funds the Canoemobile Minnesota outdoor education program, addressing the achievement gap in our schools and reaching 15,000 kids annually.

Participating is fun, easy, and memorable. No prior paddling experience necessary. We provide Voyageur canoes, paddles, life-vests, a guide to stern each boat, event t-shirts, and lunch. Read about past races here.

This year we are sharing the day with WCCO and “Pulling Together.” Join us at Hidden Falls for the race, an epic tug-of-war across the Mississippi River, food trucks, beer garden, kid zone, and local artisan shops.

Contact development@wildernessinquiry.org or 612-676-9400 with questions.