Calendar of Events

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


  • 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 for more information or questions about this program.

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!

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 or 612-676-9400 with questions.

AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit @ Union Depot
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit @ Union Depot

The 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit will include a keynote presentation and breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive function, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for adults with autism by adults with autism.

Self-Advocacy Summit 2019 Call for Submissions
AuSM currently is seeking one-hour presentations from autistic individuals about topics including emotion regulation, executive function, relationships, employment, transition, housing, advocacy, stigma, self-care, sensory integration, navigating services, friendships, and mental health. AuSM’s Self-Advocacy Speakers Committee will evaluate proposals and those submitting proposals will be contacted by June 24, 2019 regarding the status of their proposal. A limited number of proposals will be accepted. Proposals will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic to our audience, the background of the presenter, and creating a day that is balanced in topics and difficulty level. Proposals are due June 3, 2019. Click here to download the Call for Submissions form.

Unity Day
Oct 23 all-day
Unity Day

Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

“ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “Whether it’s hundreds of individuals at a school wearing ORANGE, store owners offering ORANGE products, or a community changing a landmark to ORANGE, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior.”

Read the history on Wikipedia, Unity Day sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center since 2011.

Visit the Facebook album for highlights from Unity Day 2018 and 2017.

See the various ways in which you can participate here.

Watch below to learn more about Unity Day