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Farmington, MN 55024-9243

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Over the last 30 years, thousands of visitors have been inspired by the beauty of God's creation found at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center. Part of the mission of the retreat center is to nurture the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth of guests. Key to that mission is the marsh walk, a nature-filled oasis with a floating walkway that invites guests to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of marsh plants and wildlife. But years of weather and general wear and tear have taken their toll. To ensure a safe experience for all, it is time to rebuild the marsh walk.


Construction of the marsh walk started in 1986. It was completed over two summers and was dedicated on August 30, 1987, in memory of Gary Holstad, Troop 110 Scoutmaster at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church for 23 years, instrumental in developing the MOCRC trail system and had left behind his own vision and notes about one day creating a marsh nature walk. In the spring of 2012, a heavy rainstorm caused the marsh walk to break apart in three places. Although repaired in those places after the storm, it is evident that 30 years of weather and use have taken their toll. 



Installation of the new 425 foot marsh walk, complete with an observation deck and bench, will begin in May 2019. If you can volunteer to help in any way, including installing the railing, please contact Dan Kahl. Come visit us this summer and enjoy a stroll on the new marsh walk.



The cost to rebuild the marsh walk and remove the old one is $127,500. Since Summer 2018, generous donors have contributed $105,000 toward the project. There is still time to make a gift. Any gift is greatly appeciated!

To make a gift, go to and use the online donation form. Please note your gift is for the marsh walk.

Or you may send a check to:
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Marsh Walk Project,
5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419

contact Mari Carlson, Director of Development,

The marsh walk bridge is an important part of the Retreat Center. When you cross over the bridge, it provides a beautiful sanctuary to enjoy God’s creation and be in conversation with him as good friends should and do. It gives us some of the same feelings as being up on at Cathedral of the Pines. This place provides energy and inner peace allowing you to go forward with a renewed faith. Please partner with us and other Retreat Center friends and make a contribution to keep the bridge a safe haven for all to share for years to come.
Jim & Linda Schwanebeck

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