Tours and Activities

Register for all tours by indicating your choice(s) on the IAC registration form.

Pre-conference Excursion
September 6-9, 2006

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Trip
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota is a federally protected wilderness area and one of National Geographic’s 50 places of a lifetime. Straddling Minnesota’s border with Canada, the BWCAW is over 1 million acres in size, contains hundreds of small lakes and over 1,200 miles of canoe routes. Boundary Waters veteran Professor Heinz Fissan states, “I never before and thereafter experienced nature like on the trip to the Boundary Waters 34 years ago.”

Join us for a fully outfitted three-day, three-night wilderness canoe camping trip. Everything required other than personal belongings will be supplied. The cost is U.S. $325. Cancellations after August 10, 2006, will incur a fee of $75.

For complete information on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Trip, please see the links below:

Preliminary Information
Trip Planning Guide
Canoe-Camping Basics

Technical Tours
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
There is no charge for the Technical Tours; however, interested individuals have to sign up as space is limited and on a first come basis. Complimentary shuttle buses are being provided by the tour hosts. Buses will depart the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront at 4:00 p.m. and will return by 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Loading of buses begins at 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12.

Please note all technical tours and the reception at TSI will require advanced registration.

University of Minnesota Particle Technology Laboratory, Minneapolis, MN
The tour will include three world-renowned centers relating to particle research: the Particle Technology Laboratory, Center for Diesel and Renewable Fuel Research, and the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory, all located within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Refreshments will be provided.

Donaldson Company, Bloomington, MN
The Donaldson Company is the leading worldwide provider of filtration systems and replacement parts. The facilities toured will include the Diesel Emissions Laboratory, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, the Media Laboratory where new materials are produced and tested, and the Donaldson product display room. Refreshments will be provided.

MSP Corporation, Shoreview, MN
MSP welcomes you to tour the facilities where products from its Aerosol Sampling, Pharmaceutical, and Semiconductor Divisions are developed and manufactured. Refreshments will be served.

3M Company, St. Paul, MN
This tour will visit the Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Laboratories at 3M Company. The tour will include demonstration of 3M’s state-of-the-art respirator face-fit testing equipment. A poster session related to Industrial Hygiene, Drug Delivery, and Air Filtration will be provided during the refreshments.

TSI Tour and Open House, Shoreview, MN
TSI welcomes all IAC attendees to its newly renovated facility for an open house and reception. Guided tours start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. The reception will end at approximately 9:30 p.m.

TSI is located in Shoreview, Minn., approximately 10 minutes from downtown St. Paul. Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided to and from TSI. Scheduled departures between TSI and St. Paul will begin at 6:00 p.m. for those participating in other tours or with other engagements. Please note that the TSI Technical Tour and the Reception will require advanced registration. Please join TSI for an evening of fun and networking with friends and colleagues.

Social Tours
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Buses will depart at 4:00 p.m. returning by 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All social tours cost $20 per person and require a 40 person minimum sign up. Each tour includes the cost of transportation to and from the site and admission.

St. Paul Highlights Tour
The tour will give you an in-depth look at St. Paul, Minnesota’s charming historic capital city. Magnificent Art Deco and Victorian reminders of the past nestle next to sleek skyscrapers, giving this capital city an Old World charm.

While in St. Paul you will explore Rice Park, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Center, Children’s Museum, Mickey’s Diner, The Fitzgerald Theater, Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota State Capitol, considered one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the United States. You will see the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul, the fourth largest cathedral in the United States with seating for 3,000 people. Built in the Classical Renaissance style of architecture, the Cathedral dome is modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

You will be transported along Summit Avenue, one of the longest stretches of virtually uninterrupted Victorian architecture in the United States. This monumental boulevard of homes, churches, synagogues, and schools attracts tourists and natives alike who stroll past its architectural curiosities and landmarks. Streets like Summit Avenue were not uncommon in the 19th century, but in most American cities, these thoroughfares have completely lost their character to progress, except in St. Paul. Some homes to note along Summit Avenue are the James J. Hill House, the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Governor’s Mansion.

Mall of America®
Mall of America® is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. The MOA is the largest fully-enclosed mall in the nation hosting more visitors annually than Disney World and the Grand Canyon combined. With 520 stores, 50 restaurants, the largest indoor family theme park in the country, a 1.2 million gallon aquarium and other exciting attractions, the MOA offers something for every taste and interest. The MOA consists of four “avenues” placed in a square around the theme park centerpiece. At the “intersection” for each of the avenues you will find one of the four anchor stores: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, and Sears. If a shopper spent 10 minutes at every store, it would take him/her more than 86 hours to complete the visit to the MOA. A bus returning to the hotel will depart the MOA at 8:30 p.m.

A Hospitality Room will be available on Monday morning followed by hosted transportation for spouses/guests interested in shopping at the MOA.