Connecting People to Nature

Hamline Midway Coalition is proud to be a part of the 10-Minute Walk, a national effort led by The Trust for Public Land. A generous grant provided to HMC in early 2020 will help bolster local efforts to ensure that 100% of people in U.S. cities have access to parks or green space within a 10-minute walk of home by 2050. The 10-Minute Walk is a campaign dedicated to improving access to safe, quality parks and green spaces in cities—large and small—throughout the U.S. Together, we’re working with leaders to create a world in which 100% of people are within a 10-minute walk of a park or green space by 2050. Led by The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with National Recreation and Park Association and the Urban Land Institute, we drive commitments from city leaders working to achieve this vision and transform their communities by elevating parks and green space. Read more here.



Mobile Nature Art Kit

— Now at May Park!

During part of September and October 2020, a mobile nature art kiosk will be moving from various parks throughout the Midway neighborhood and inside the Kiosk's cabinet will be art kits that encourage neighbors of all ages to explore the natural world around us. Even in the built environment like the Hamline Midway, greenspaces and nature are tucked into our urban neighborhood. Before the autumn season closes, take a moment to appreciate our local parks and explore them more deeply with the art kits as they pop-up through-out our community. We will update this page when the kiosk arrives at a new park.

The Mobile Nature Art Kiosk is part of HMC's participation in the Trust for Public Land's 10 Minute Walk initiative. Como Park metal artist Gita Ghei and Midway gardening educator Stephanie Hankerson are collaborating on the effort to create experiences that bring users closer to the greenery in our community.

Need further instructions for your "Like a Tree - wisdom journal" art kit? Here is a video that walks through the activity.


Urban Forgaing 

Explore the Hamline-Midway neighborhood's vast edible landscape with Tim Clemens, founder of Ironwood Foraging Co. and president of the Minnesota Mycological Society, for a hands-on learning experience identifying wild, edible plants and mushrooms in the urban green spaces of Hamline-Midway.

HMC has offered two free walking tours during the fall of 2020. Both events were very popular and we look forward to bringing more to the neighborhood in the future.


Tim Clemens from Ironwood Foraging Co    


Pierce Butler Meadows

Pierce Butler Meadows is a project that was a culmination of more than a decade of community interest for ecological and aesthetic improvements at the intersection of Pierce Butler Route and Snelling Avenue. The Hamline Midway Coalition’s Environment Committee developed partnerships with numerous community, educational and environmental groups who came together for a week-long series of planting events. Prairie restorations are ongoing and this year, a group of students from Hamline University spent the day pulling artemisia and bagging knapweed that had a little bit of seed still on them.

Pollinator/Rain Garden Resources

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources


University of Minnesota

  • Contact a master gardener via U of M Extension
  • Sign up for the U of M Extension Yard and Garden newsletter packed with info as well as calsses and engagement opportunities
  • U of M Extention services and Monarch Lab 

Capital Region Watershed District

  • There are Water Stewards right here in the neighborhood who can consult on rain garden development and maintennce
  • Stewards can help you apply for a stewardship grant to help fund your dream rain garden!

Blue Thumb

  • Join the millions converting their turf to pollinator-friendly habitat and learn more abou the Lawns to Legumes Program 

Wild Ones

  • The Million Pollinator Challenge has expired, but their literature still has plenty of relevant information

Garden Supply Centers/Nurseries