"We Are Water MN"

“We Are Water MN” explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events, and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship.


Jennifer Tonko

2018-2019 "We Are Water MN" Host Sites Announced!

The Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and their statewide partners are pleased to announce that the popular statewide exhibit, “We Are Water MN,” will be continuing in 2018 and 2019 – spanning the state at eight new host sites.

2018-19 "We Are Water MN" Host Partners

St. Paul
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Oct. 12 – Nov. 26, 2018

Headwaters Science Center
Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019

West Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District
Jan. 21 – March 4, 2019

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
March 10 – April 22, 2019

Cedar River Watershed District
April 27 – June 16, 2019

Cannon River Watershed Partnership
June 20 – July 28, 2019

Grand Rapids
Itasca Waters
Aug. 4 – Sept. 16, 2019

Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Minnesota Historical Society
Sept. 18 – Nov. 2, 2019

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Nibi Walks

Nibi Walks

Build your relationship with water in Minnesota through Nibi Walks. Participants walk the route of the river or lake and learn from this Anishinaabe spiritual and cultural practice. Each Nibi Walk has two parts: an orientation a few weeks before the walk itself and the active walks.

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Water Stories from Minnesota

Water Stories from Minnesota

No one knows the waters of Minnesota like the people who live here. Listen to stories from parents, children, fishers, farmers, indigenous Minnesotans, immigrants to Minnesota, water professionals, and people who just love to be out on the lake.

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We are the Headwaters

We are the Headwaters

Minnesota sits atop a triple-continental-scale water divide. This means that we do not receive polluted water from a state with lower environmental standards. But it also means we have a responsibility to keep water clean for our communities, other states and nations, and future generations. “We Are Water MN” explores the question, “How’s the water?”

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Jennifer Tonko Water Voices

Jan. 10, 2019 By Jennifer Tonko

Water Voices

“We Are Water MN” is a cross-sector and cross-disciplinary conversation among those who protect and affect water. We build relationships in greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities region.

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Join us for fun, challenging, fascinating events that help build thoughtful, literate, and engaged Minnesotans.

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Native Nations of Minnesota

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In this place now called Minnesota, we learn from Dakota and Ojibwe people through stories of this land and its first people.

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