About Twin Cities Outdoors

The goal of Twin Cities Outdoors is simple:

To be the go-to source for Twin Cities residents and visitors to find trails, waterways and campgrounds for nature-based, human-powered outdoor recreation.

hiking trail at Elm Creek Park Reserve

What We Believe

We believe being in nature often—and especially being active in nature often—adds a wonderful dimension to whole-person health.

We believe it’s important that families spend time together in nature—building memories, having fun things they do together. Of course, this can go beyond nuclear families to extended families, friends and co-workers. The bottom line is:

Human relationships are strengthened when we build memories and have fun together in healthy ways.

We believe it’s important for the older generation to pass on the love of the outdoors to the next generation. That can mean children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends or students.

We believe learning is a life-long privilege and pursuit. So there will be lots of educational content here on TCO.

And we believe in connecting people to places and organizations that might be meaningful for them. There will be some local business profiles on TCO, too—businesses and non-profits that are in the outdoor industry or use the outdoors to serve people.

Getting Personal

Hello there, I’m Sharon Brodin and I’m the founder and publisher of Twin Cities Outdoors.

sharon brodin snowshoeing

The seeds for TCO were planted in my mind and heart in July of 2017. For six months I researched, wrote, went on field trips, recruited my daughter, sister-in-law and future daughter-in-law to go with me to check out parks, took pictures and wrote and researched some more.

The TCO website officially launched on January 31, 2018.

This is my third website under the banner of my business: Brodin Press LLC. My other two are:

  • SharonBrodin.com—My “day job” site. I write and design marketing content for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Things like blog posts, newsletters, ebooks, websites, press releases and brochures.
  • ActiveOutdoorWomen.com—My other blog, launched in the winter of 2015. Its focus is to inspire outdoor recreation and fitness for women in their 40s and up. We talk about destinations all over the US (including lots in Minnesota), gear, activities, outdoor skills and more. We get into some philosphical and spiritual things, too. AOW is pretty openly faith-based from the Judeo-Christian worldview.

You’re welcome to go to either of the above two sites if you’d like to learn more about me. My About pages there get into more detail about my personal life so I won’t repeat it here.

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