Weekend Nature Activities: June 26–29

It appears our Minnesota weekends are getting longer along with the daylight!

Remember to check out your city or county parks for free fitness opportunities in the great outdoors, including boot camp and yoga. Check out your local parks or natural resources page. For example, here’s St. Paul’s.

June 26

June 26: Forests of Liliput Coffee then Hike
9–10 a.m.
Have a cup of coffee then enjoy a hike through the micro forest of Beatrix Potter and George Washington while checking out the lichens.
Location: William O’Brien State Park, visitor center

June 26: Fishing is Fun!
10 a.m.–12:30
Learn the basics of fishing. Equipment provided
Location: Bear Head Lake State Park

June 26: Geocaching Basics
1:30–3:30
Learn the basics and then go on a treasure hunt!
Location: Bear Head Lake State Park

June 26: Nature Time at the Beach for Kids
1–2 p.m.
Every weekday for fun and hands-on activities
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 26: Owls
8–9 p.m.
Who’s who in the owl world. Learn all about owls!
Location: Jay Cooke State Park, River Inn Interpretive Center

June 26:  Nature Film: All About Bears
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

June 26: Jr. Naturalist: ‘X’ Marks the Spot
Location: Itasca State Park

June 26:  Five Facts in Five Minutes: Otters
Location: Itasca State Park

June 26:  Animals of the Forest, Walk
Location: Itasca State Park

June 26: Archery in the Park
Location: Itasca State Park

June 26:  Jay Cooke State Park
Location: Nature Play – Spying on Birds

June 26:  Fishes of Minnesota- Junior Naturalist Program
Location: Lake Carlos State Park

June 26:  Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt- Family Nature Outing
Location: Lake Carlos State Park

 

June 27

June 27:  Geocaching 101: Guide to High Tech Treasure Hunting
Location: Soudan Underground Mine State Park

June 27:  Digital Nature Photography for Kids
Location: Flandrau State Park

June 27:  What lives in the river; Mammals
Location: Flandrau State Park

June 27:   Bat Chat
Location: Wild River State Park

June 27:  Archery In the Park
Location: Old Mill State Park

June 27:   Neighborhood Moths of Minnesota
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

June 27:   I Can Fish!
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

June 27–28: I Can Camp
Location: Glendalough State Park

June 27:   Tall Tales and Sing-along Songs Campfire
Location: William O’Brien State Park

June 27:  Campfire Stargazing
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 27:   Nature Time at the Beach
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 27:   Picture the World!
Location: Soudan Underground Mine State Park

June 27:  Inspector Insect
Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park

June 27:  I Can Fish! Kid’s Fishing Fridays
Location: Itasca State Park

June 27:   Campfire Program – Stories Written in the Sky
Location:  Jay Cooke State Park

June 27:   Five Facts in Five Minutes: Dragonflies
Location: Itasca State Park

June 27:   Trees of Itasca, Walk
Location: Itasca State Park

June 27:   Itasca through Time, Campfire
Location: Itasca State Park

 

June 28

June 28–29: Archery in the Park
Location: Big Stone Lake State Park

June 28: Zebra Mussels
Location: Minneopa State Park

June 28: Animal Tracks & Signs
Location: Minneopa State Park

June 28: Coyotes
Location: Minneopa State Park

June 28: Birding at Bear Head Lake
Location: Bear Head Lake State Park

June 28: Fossil Field Trip
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 28: Archery in the
Location: Lake Bronson State Park

June 28: I Can Trout Fish!
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

June 28: Lex-Ham Community Band Concert
Location: William O’Brien State Park

June 28: Flowers on the Boardwalk
Location: Big Bog State Park Bog

June 28: Remarkable Reptiles
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

June 28: Wolf Creek Falls Photography Workshop
Location: Banning State Park

June 28: Incredible, Edible Mushrooms
Location: Wild River State Park

June 28: Geology on the Rocks: Seas and Sandstone
Location: Interstate State Park

June 28:  Legends of a Lumber Baron: Campfire Program
Location: Interstate State Park

June 28:  Outdoor Kids– Animal Tracks Plaster Casting
Location: Itasca State Park

June 28:  Intro to Trail Running
Location: Lake Bemidji State Park

June 28:  Butterflies of Whitewater State Park
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 28:  Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking at Carley State Park
Location: Carley State Park

June 28:  The Marnach House: A Pioneer Home in the Whitewater Valley
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 28:  Bat Count
Location: Whitewater State Park

June 28:  Bison
Location: Buffalo River State Park

June 28–29: Company B Drill Weekend
Location: Fort Ridgely State Park

June 28:  Creatures of the Night Hike
Location: Glendalough State Park

June 28:  Eagles vs. Vultures: Sidewalk Stop
Location: Interstate State Park

June 28: A River Runs Through It
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

June 28:  Weaving with Natural Fibers
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

06/28/14 Fascinating Furs and Spectacular Skulls!
Location: Bear Head Lake State Park

June 28:  Evening Canoe Paddle
Location: Bear Head Lake

June 28:  Hunt for the Minibeasts!
Location: Wild River State Park

June 28:  Don’t Move Firewood!
Location: Tettegouche State Park

June 28:  Junior Naturalist: Get in the Habitat!
Location: Tettegouche State Park

June 28:  Let’s Get Buggy
Location: William O’Brien State Park

June 28:  Sweep Lake Alice Seine Netting
Location: William O’Brien State Park

June 28:  Dreamcatcher
Location: William O’Brien State Park

June 28:  Geocaching 101
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

June 28:  Junior Naturalists – Creepy Crawly Spiders
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

June 28:  St. Louis River Hike
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

June 28:  Behind the Barricades – The Flood at Jay Cooke State Park
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

06/28/14 Secret Life of Bats
Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park

06/28/14 Kathio, A Bird’s-eye View
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

06/28/14 Kids’ Activity: Prehistoric Pottery
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

06/28/14 Nature Table: Turtle Crossing
Location: Father Hennepin State Park

06/28/14 Falls Loop Hike
Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park

06/28/14 Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour
Location: Itasca State Park

06/28/14 Dr. Roberts Trail Walk
Location: Itasca State Park

06/28/14 Five Facts in Five Minutes: Pond Study
Location: Itasca State Park

06/28/14 Five Facts in Five Minutes: Scampering Squirrels
Location: Itasca State Park

06/28/14 Animals of Itasca, Campfire
Location: Itasca State Park

06/28/14 A Night f Stars
Location: Wild River State Park

06/29/14 Archery in the Park
Location: Hayes Lake State Park

06/29/14 Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Shyanne Kaml
Location: Itasca State Park

06/29/14 I Can Fish: Trout Fishing
Location: Whitewater State Park

06/29/14 Intro to GPS & Geo-caching
Location: Whitewater State Park

06/29/14 SNA Wildflower Hike at Assinaboia Skipper Prairie
Location: Buffalo River State Park

06/29/14 Everyday Naturalist: Insect Photo Shoot Citizen Science
Location: Gooseberry Falls

06/29/14 Artifacts from the Deep: Sidewalk Stop
Location: Interstate State Park

06/29/14 River Rocks!
Location: Tettegouche State Park

06/29/14 Gyotaku Fish printing
Location: William O’Brien State Park

06/29/14 Stories in Stone
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

06/29/14 Mysterious Birds of the Night
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

06/29/14 Nature Film: Frogs, Facts & Folklore
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

06/29/14 Kids’ Activity: Pop Can Casting
Location: Father Hennepin State Park

06/29/14 Falls Loop Hike
Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park

 

06/29/14 Beavers; Building Dams and Countries

Gooseberry Falls State Park

 

06/29/14 Headwaters History Hike

Itasca State Park

 

06/29/14 Five Facts in Five Minutes: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Itasca State Park

 

06/29/14 Old Timer’s Cabin Walk

Itasca State Park

 

06/29/14 Old Timer’s Cabin, Open Tour

Itasca State Park

 

06/29/14 Morning Bird Hike

Tettegouche State Park

 

06/29/14 Digital Discovery: Scavenger Hunt!

Tettegouche State Park

 

06/29/14 Snakes of Wild River State Park

Wild River State Park

 

06/30/14 Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: My Little Book of Wood Ducks by Hope Irvin Marston

Itasca State Park

 

06/30/14 Junior Naturalists – Creepy, Crawly

Spiders

Jay Cooke State Park

 

06/30/14 Orienteering 101

Jay Cooke State Park

 

06/30/14 Nature Time at the Beach

Whitewater State Park

 

06/30/14 Little Explorers: L is for Lightening

Bug

Interstate State Park

 

06/30/14 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament,

Kids Coloring Time

Itasca State Park

 

07/01/14 Circle Time Under the Pines: P is for

Pond

Itasca State Park

 

07/01/14 Outdoor Kids– Slippery Slimy Stuff

Itasca State Park

 

07/01/14 Magnificent Monarchs

Jay Cooke State Park

 

07/01/14 Campfire Program – Stories Written in the Sky

Jay Cooke State Park

 

07/01/14 Nature Time at the Beach

Whitewater State Park

 

07/01/14 Aiton Heights Fire Tower Hike

Itasca State Park

 

07/01/14 Five Facts in Five Minutes: Wild Waterfowl

Itasca State Park

 

June 28: Andersen  Horticultural Library Turns 40!
Reservations at 952-443-1405
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this jewel of a library. Key events: Green Carpet entry and grand-opening reception for the Highgrove Florilegium exhibit, with short program including remarks by U of M librarian Wendy Lougee.
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum, Snyder Building

June 28: Intro to Archery
9–11 a.m. (register 612-725-22724
Join certified archery instructors for hands-on training with compound bows. (Cancelled if rain)
Location: Fort Snelling State Park

June 28 and 29: Hungry Caterpillars
Noon–4 p.m. (drop-in)
Bring the family for hands-on activities and fun.
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum, Learning Center. 

June 29: Bend in the River Big Band
1–2:30 p.m.
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum, Trex Deck

Every day: Butterflies at the Arboretum
10 a.m.–5 p.m. $3 entry (+ gate fee), free for ages 2 and under
Live butterflies, all native to Minnesota, are swarming among the luscious plants. It’s a rare, close-up view of these amazing, magical pollinators.
Location: MN Landscape Arboretum, Meyer-Deats Conservatory/Snyder Building