MN Nature Activities: Dec 11–17

MN Nature in St Paul, Minnesota, helps you sing in the snow and dance on ice and romp through the woods with free activities all winter long. And, ya know, most activities are on up to negative 15 wind chill (that could be, oh, something like below 40). Bundle up! All ideas here are free unless specifically otherwise noted. For state parks, you’ll need a permit at the gate or online.


Winter Adaptation
1 PM to 2:30 PM Indoor presentation on some of the coolest adaptations the park?s wildlife displays before heading outside to investigate winter wildlife.

Fort Snelling State Park – Meet at the Visitor Center.

Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee meeting

10 AM to 3 PM This will be a working business meeting of the Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee (DMPAC). The DMPAC is a group of citizen volunteers and organizational representatives who will provide input and feedback as DNR develops its first-ever statewide Deer Management Plan. Members of the public may attend to observe this meeting (note that limited seating will be available). Meeting agendas and notes will be posted on the Deer Plan webpage ( To sign up to receive email updates about the Deer Plan and other deer-related information, visit the Deer Plan webpage (, and enter your email in the blue box on the page that says “Get Deer Notes”.

Full Moon Hike
5 PM to 6 PM The stories that are held in the winter night sky are as abundant as the stars. Join the naturalist for a guided hike that will bring these tales to life. Meet in the Interpretive Center Theater.
Sibley State Park


Taconite State Trail Master Plan, Public Review
5 PM to 7 PM Itasca County Fairgrounds, Grand Rapids, MN
Trailhead Building, 1336 Fairgrounds Road, Grand Rapids, MN


10 AM to 11:30 AM Which knot is used to tie up a tarp and how is it tied? Knowing how to tie a few basic knots make a big difference in situations life throws at us. Learn to tie some basic and useful knots as we drink warm cider by the fireplace. You will be able to bring home a ?survival? bracelet. Register at 651-231-6968.
Afton State Park

Fitness and Phenology Walk
10 AM to 11 AM Winter is no time to sit around indoors! Get some exercise and see what is happening around the park at the same time by joining the naturalist on an hour walk. We will use snowshoes if snow depth is greater than six inches. Registration is required. Call 612-725-2724 to register.
Fort Snelling State Park

Annual Winter Bird Survey
10 AM to 2 PM This annual count provides a record of the birds that winter in the park. On this year’s birding route you can travel through hardwood and pine forests either on foot or on skis, depending on snow conditions. Open to all birding abilities. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Lake Bemidji State Park

Christmas Bird Count *Featured Image
Audubon’s 117th Christmas Bird Count will take place this fall between the inclusive dates of Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 through Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. Sign up and see other counters/sites here.

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