Maple Madness! Weekend Nature Activities: March 20–23

More maple tapping and hands-on events! It’s the new March Madness . . . Maple Madness!

03/21/15 Maple Tap Saturday Events

Whitewater State Park, 10 AM to 12 PM, again at 1 PM to 3 PM. Sign up: email sara.grover@state.mn.us or call 507-932-3007 ext 226

Fort Snelling State Park, 1 to 2:30 PM

Jay Cooke State Park 1 to 2 PM (syrup is not processed at this event)

Wild River State Park

Tapping the Magnificent Maple

03/22/15 Maple Tap Sunday Events

Fort Snelling State Park, 1 to 2:30 PM

Wild River State Park, 1 to 2 PM

Celebrate Maple! March Specials in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Restaurant. Daily features through the month of March:
Pumpkin pie with maple butter
Maple pot de creme
Maple candies
Maple bacon popcorn balls
Sandwich selection: Maple and rosemary-roasted turkey breast, stone ground mustard aioli, caramelized onions and swiss on honey wheat breat
Weekend Brunch: crepes with maple sugar, warm maple syrup and apples

 

Other Saturday, March 20, Events

Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo (March 20–22) For more info call Zach Barrett, 763-792-7338.
Schwan Center, National Sports Center.

Gun Show, Butler Harmon American Legion Post 80
(March 20–21) Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat. 9-5 p.m., For more info call Bob Willet, 715-607-0379.
Ready Randy’s, New Richmond, WI.

 

Other Sunday, March 21, Events

Minnesota State NASP Tournament, Outdoor Expo
7:30 am, For more info call Barry Boevers, 763-439-6236.
Champlin Park High School.

Sugarbush Pancake Brunch $$$
8 am–1 pm $9 member/$11.50 non-member, $6 ages 4-7, ages 3 and under free
MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center

Free Maple Syrup Demos
8:30 am–2 pm, free with gate admission Watch tree tapping, syrup cooking and spile making.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Bow Hunter Education Certification $$$
8 am–5 pm, $18 (includes breakfast, lunch and snack), Registration: Register with Marlene at marleneohi@q.com or 651-735-5876. Course details: This is a hands-on certification course that includes tree stand safety and proper set up, ethics, tracking and trailing, animal vocalization and identification, survival techniques and judging distance. Dress for outdoor weather conditions. Coaches are available to assist with shooting form at our indoor range at the completion of the class. Bring your own archery equipment.
Chilakoot Club, Stillwater

Bow Hunting Archery Series for Women $$$
8–5:30 pm. $40, 3-part program designed for women who attended the beginners’ archery series in the past or who have beginning skills in archery. For questions or to register contact Linda Bylander at linda.bylander@state.mn.us or by calling 218-833-8628.
Stillwater

Bird Watching Trek
8–10:30 am Bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. Old Cedar Avenue is a great place to look for migratory ducks, geese, swans, and raptors. Sometimes over 20 Bald Eagles can be seen here in one morning! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington

Bird Banding Demo
9 am–noon
Lowry Nature Center

Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo & Auction
9 am–5:30 pm, www.christiandeerhunters.org for more info.
McLeod County Fairgrounds, Commercial Bldg.

Upper Midwest Scuba & Adventure Travel Show
9 am, For more info call Dean Soderbeck, 612-567-3305.
Double Tree, Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis.

Geocaching for S’mores $$$
9–11 am, $8, Learn geocaching basics while searching for a delicious treasure. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake

DNR Wildlife Species, Turkey Clinic
10 am, For more info call Steven Rykhus, 507-276-3521.
Lafayette Community Center, Lafayette.

Giants Ridge Fat Bike Race — CANCELLED (due to poor “non-wintry” conditions)

 

Upcoming . . .
Monday, March 23: Bird Watching Trek, 8:00 am-10:30 am, Old Cedar Avenue, 9500 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington.
Join us for a bird walk on one of the many refuge units during spring migration. Old Cedar Avenue is a great place to look for migratory ducks, geese, swans, and raptors. Sometimes over 20 Bald Eagles can be seen here in one morning! Birders of all skill levels are welcome on this walk. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.

March 23: DNR Turkey Hunting Clinic, 6–9 p.m., Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement.

March 24: Walleye Wisdom, “Tackle Terry” Tuma, LeCenter Public Library 3 pm and Montgomery Public Library 7 pm

March 25–29: Northwest Sportshow, Wed. & Thurs. 1–9 pm, Fri. 11–9, Sat. 10–9, Sun. 10–5 www.northwestsportshow.com Minneapolis Convention Center

March 26: Presentation: “The High Price of Cheap Groundwater: Are We Flushing Our Future Downstream?” (Friends of the Mississippi River) 7–8:30 pm (Early admission begins at 4 p.m.) The Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul.

 

Season Dates

March 31: March crow season ends.
March 31: Winter lake trout and stream trout season ends (all lakes)
April 14: MN/Canada, Walleye and sauger seasons ends (border waters)
April 15: Wild turkey spring season opens.