The following tours are available for the 2017 National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors' Meeting. Please complete the brief Activities Survey indicating what tours you are interested in.
Prices are approximate and likely to change, and are dependent on number of participants.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Boathouse on the Red ($10/90 minutes; $5 for each additional hour)
Come rent a single or tandem kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard and enjoy the Red River of the North!
Location: Lincoln Drive Park Boat Ramp, Grand Forks Open: 4:00 - 8:00pm
Social Painting Party (~40/guest, but dependent on total participation)
Come join a painting party and take home a piece of North Dakota with you! A local artist will lead a step-by-step session where we will paint a scenic landscape of North Dakota (aurora borealis, winter wonderland, Milky Way starry night, etc.) on canvas! No painting experience necessary.
Location: Requesting the Alerus Center/CanadInn; backup location in East Grand Forks
Artwork: If there is enough interest, we will distribute an additional survey with specific ND painting options
International Peace Gardens
Come see one of the most beautiful gardens in America! More than 155,000 flowers line this tribute to peace and friendship between Canada and America. There are reflection pools, lakes, hiking and driving trails, and waterfalls. There are magnificent Peace Poles, donated by the Japanese Government. Take a look inside the Peace Chapel where you can spend time with girders from 9/11’s Ground Zero and a book displaying the victim’s names.
Ralph Engelstad Arena ($7/adult; $5/students/military/seniors)
Come tour one of the finest hockey facilities in the world! Home to the 2016 National Championship team for men’s hockey, this $101 million arena is one-of-a-kind! Other stops include the Olympic rink, clubhouses, Ralph’s suite, and Betty Engelstad Arena. Check it out: http://www.theralph.com/contact-us/tours/
Duration: between 1 to 1.5 hours
Important: participants will walk long distances
Do you like local beer? Come visit Grand Forks’ first brewery! Tours include a behind-the-scenes look at the production facility, brewing process, and history in North Dakota. Participants receive a free sample of freshly brewed beer!
Location: 116 S 3rd St, Grand Forks
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site ($4/person in groups of 10)
This missile site is actually two: Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November-22 Launch Facility. These facilities played an integral role in the Cold War and are the last launch control centers left intact and open to the public. We will receive a 1-hour guided tour of the topside facilities and guests can choose to travel down the elevator shaft to the underground Launch Control Equipment Building and Launch Control Center. We will see the front lines of America’s nuclear deterrence and equipment that could have been used to launch nuclear missiles.
Location: Cooperstown, ND (1.5 hours away from Grand Forks) http://history.nd.gov/historicsites/minutemanmissile/
Turtle River State Park
The heavily wooded area of Turtle River State Park is a great place to walk, hike, picnic, fish, or look for wildlife! Located 22 miles west of Grand Forks, this 784-acre park is a great place to explore! On our way here, we can stop by Kelly’s Slough National Wildlife Refuge, a great spot for birdwatching.
UND Aerospace Tour
The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has one of the best aviation programs in the world! We will tour the Aviation department, known for its numerous advanced simulators and world’s largest collegiate training fleet of airplanes and helicopters. Additionally, we will tour the Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations and Air Traffic Control program.
Trip to Fargo
Attractions include: a visit to the Fargo Air Museum, where we will see vintage and modern aircraft; tour a local brewery (Fargo Brewing Company); visit the Rourke Art Museum; stop by the visitor center to see the REAL “wood chipper” from the Fargo movie; see the Hjemkomst Center, and/or Fargo restaurants and shops.
Human Space Flight Laboratory (Free)
NDSGC and Space Studies graduate students provide interactive tours of the Human Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), which includes the Space Suit Lab, Inflatable Lunar/Martian Habitat, Spacecraft Simulators, and Electric Lunar Rover. The HSFL, led by Dr. Pablo de Leon, provides students with real-world NASA experience and brings human spaceflight research to North Dakota. All are NASA-funded and continuously expanding with new grants. Take a look at the Inflatable Lunar/Martian Habitat, which, in September of 2017, will have added on additional modules for analogue long-duration missions!
Location: UND, Grand Forks
Important: We will be walking about 1,000 feet between buildings. Elevators are available at all labs, except for the spacecraft simulators, which has about 30 stairs.