MN Nature Activities: July 11–17

Happy summer! The fireflies and monarchs are out (and mosquitoes, ah well). MN Nature has fun activities this week for you, and as always most are free and family-friendly. We also want to share KD Novelties great 10 Fun Summer Activities To Do With Your Kids — Check it out!

Friday, July 15

07/15/16 Fishing Frenzy Fridays
9–11 AM Join a naturalist every Friday for a morning of fishing and hands-on learning. We will discover the world of fish and then show you how to catch them. Bring your own bait, worms work best. Also bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle. Limited rods and reels will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the amphitheater. Only non-Minnesota residents need a fishing license.
9Lake Carlos State Park

07/15/16 Limnology 101
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Limnology is the study of freshwater lakes and streams, so from the vantage point of the park pontoon, the naturalist will explain the many changes the lake environment goes through during the year. The test equipment demonstration will show changes in light penetration, oxygen content and plankton that supports the life in Lake Bemidji. Seating is limited to 25 passengers, so sign up is required at the park office or by calling 218-308-2300.
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/15/16 Basswood Rope Making
10–11 AM Learn the many uses of the basswood tree and then make some rope from the tree! Keep what you make! Meet at the Visitor Center!
William O’Brien State Park

07/15/16 Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Life of the Monarch Butterfly Display
10 AM to 2 PM Discover the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, Minnesota’s state insect, with Tom and Carol Uecker. Have fun seeing samples of the caterpillar, chrysalis, and the adult. Visit for as little or as long as you like.
Itasca State Park

07/15/16 Kids’ Fishing Fridays
10:30–Noon Kids, bring an adult with you and learn the new skill of fishing. Suitable for ages 6-12. NOTES: An adult must accompany children. Bring your own fishing pole or use one provided (limited number). Poles are available on first come first serve basis. Artificial bait provided. Non-Minnesota residents will need a fishing license (within the park, purchase at Itasca Sports Rental). Meet at the Itasca Fishing Pier, below Douglas Lodge
Itasca State Park

07/15/16 Geology Rocks Gooseberry
11 AM to 12:30 PM Listen to the rocks as they tell of lava flows, glaciers and roaring rivers on this hike of discovery. Join the Naturalist around the middle and lower falls. Majority of the hike will involve descending stairs. Meet at the Visitor Center Art Column.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/15/16 I Can Fish!
10 AM to 11:30 AM Join us as we learn all about fishing – identifying species, casting, and more. Then use your new skills to fish in the St Croix River. We provide the poles, bait and instructor. Minnesota residents do not need a fishing license for this activity. Meet at the upper picnic grounds near the last parking lot.
Afton State Park

07/15/16 Trees of the North Woods
11–Noon Embark on a short hike and discover the identity of the trees and the history that shaped the North Woods. Join a naturalist at the Visitor Center.
Tettegouche State Park

07/15/16 Jr. Naturalist – What is a Habitat? -Drop In
11–Noon There are many habitats in Minnesota’s Pinelands. Grab your Jr. Park Naturalist activity book and join a Naturalist to learn about what makes a habitat and the animals that live in them.
Temperance River State Park

07/15/16 She Had Nerve and a Big Gun! The Mary Gibbs Story
11 AM to 11:30 AM In 1903 Mary Gibbs took a stance for the park at a logging dam along the Mississippi River. Courageously she placed her hands on the lever in defense of the park’s forests, rivers and lakes, while being threatened by a gun-toting site foreman. Walk with the naturalists to the approximate location of the logging dam as we learn more about Mary Gibbs, defender of Itasca.
Itasca State Park: Meet by the globe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

07/15/16 Pothole Exploration Tour
Noon-1 PM Discover how lakes of lava and gushing glacial waters formed the park’s unique potholes as you journey over, under and through world-renowned rock features on this naturalist-guided tour. This 45-minute walk includes some uneven terrain and stairs. Meet at the visitor center.
Interstate State Park

Bee in Northern Minnesota, near Grand Portage (photo (c) Jennifer Gehlhar)

Bee in Northern Minnesota, near Grand Portage (photo (c) Jennifer Gehlhar)

07/15/16 Wasps and Bees of Minnesota
1 PM to 2:30 PM Face your fears and make peace with our wild wasps and bees. This amazing and beneficial group of insects includes such fascinating creatures as Beewolves, Orchard Bees, Stump-stabbers, Sand Wasps, Leaf-cutter Bees, Velvet Ants, Cricket Hunters, Hornets, and Cicada Killers. Scott King, author of “A Photographic Guide to Some Common Wasps and Bees of Minnesota”, will give a short presentation and then lead the group into the field to find, observe, photograph and identify as many local species as possible. Begins in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/15/16 Rock Talk on the Beach – Drop In
1 PM to 3 PM Learn about rocks and how they shape the landscape.
Tettegouche State Park

07/15/16 Rock Talk on the Beach – Drop In
1 PM to 3 PM Rocks, everywhere, tell a story. Come learn.
Temperance River State Park

07/15/16 Nature Time at the Beach
1 PM to 2 PM Kids, join a naturalist at the beach for a hands-on nature activity. Meet at the Beach.
Whitewater State Park

07/15/16 Five Facts in Five Minutes: Black Bear
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Itasca State Park

07/15/16 Junior Naturalist: Leaf Art
2 PM to 3 PM Explore the many different shapes and sizes of leaves and then make your own leaf art using hammers, paint, crayons and more! Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
Itasca State Park

07/15/16 Geocaching 101
2–3 PM GPS? Geocache?! Join a naturalist to discover more about the great high tech treasure hunt! Find the naturalist outside the lake Andrew store near the beach.
Sibley State Park

07/15/16 Turtles- Roving Cart
2:30–4 PM Turtles have some neat adaptations that other animals don’t have. Even here in the park, turtles face many challenges. The naturalist will be roaming around the campgrounds and the beach. Wave them down to see the live turtle and touch many other turtle items while learning about how you can help them.
Lake Carlos State Park

07/15/16 Outdoor Survival
3 PM Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Come and learn what is necessary to survive and learn a few tricks on building a survival shelter.
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/15/16 Slimy Science: Dig-in and Discover
3 PM to 4 PM Did you know that some fish create a slime as strong as steel? Explore what other creatures make slime and why during hands-on building challenges and experiments. Best for ages 7-11, but older and younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the visitor center.
Interstate State Park

07/15/16 I Can Fish!
3 PM to 5 PM Join us as we learn all about fishing – identifying species, casting, and more. Then use your new skills to fish from the bank of the Rum River. We provide the poles, bait and instructor. Minnesota residents do not need a fishing license for this activity. Meet at the interpretive Center. We will walk a short distance, fish until 4:30, then finish up back at the interpretive center by 5 p.m.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

07/15/16 Minnesota’s Moose Discovery Cart
3–4:30 PM Learn about Minnesota?s largest deer: the moose! Discover the features that enable moose to thrive in the northwoods and identify signs of their presence in the woods.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/15/16 CCC Walk
6 PM to 7:30 PM Enjoy the serenity of the Whitewater Valley while learning about the historic work done by the CCC and how it still shapes the park today. Program begins at the Nature Store. Distance – 1.3 miles
Whitewater State Park

07/15/16 Signs of Bigfoot
7–8 PM Animals leave behind clues that can tell us a great deal about the animal. Come and explore the park in a unique and interactive way that allows you to gather information about the hidden creatures of Gooseberry Falls. Try your luck in an inquiry based hunt for the allusive Bigfoot and see what you can learn about this legendary creature.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/15/16 Flashback Friday Movie Night
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Enjoy an evening of good old fashioned nature movies as we play ‘Two Little Owls’ and ‘Mississippi Waters.’ These educational nature center classics are reminiscent of the old fashioned 16 mm film in VHS video format. Reminder, if the film breaks or tangles in the video machine the movie is over.
Itasca State Park

07/15/16 WRSP Animal Scramble
7:30 PM Uh oh! There’s been a mix up. See if you can help the park naturalist unscramble the furs, skulls, tracks and scat for a number of Wild River?s animals. Find out interesting facts about these critters once you put them together! At the Amphitheater.
Wild River State Park

07/15/16 Beaver Bingo!
8–9 PM Join a naturalist to learn about the unique adaptations that make beavers the best natural architect around, with a fun game of Bingo! Meet at the interpretive center.
Sibley State Park

07/15/16 Owls: The Mighty Mouse Hunters
8–9 PM Discover these silent hunters of the night and learn how nature built a better mouse trap in the form of an owl. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
Jay Cooke State Park

07/15/16 Discover Your Spidey Sense
8:30–9:30 PM Although arachnophobes might not agree, the world of spiders is fascinating. This program explores the lives of some of Minnesota’s spiders. We’ll trace their journeys as they hatch, hunt for food, reproduce, and complete their life cycles, exploring the important role of spiders in the “web of life”. Meet at the amphitheater.
Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

07/15/16 Night Lights: Firefly Watch Night Hike
9 PM to 10:30 PM Venture into the night to see fireflies in flight. We will go on a hike through prairie and woods in an effort to find lightening bugs. Flashlights, bugspray and tick prevention gear suggested. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
Sibley State Park

07/15/16 Campfire Songs and Stories: Insects
8 PM to 9 PM Bzzz, hisss, scurry, creepy and crawly. Insects are interesting creatures sure to fascinate some and disgust others. Come and enjoy the a campfire with songs, stories, activities, jokes, and even a campfire snack!
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/15/16 Fireflies of Fort Snelling State Park
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Fireflies have an amazing courting relationship! Bring a flashlight and stay up late to explore Fort Snelling State Park with a park naturalist. Meet at Shelter A on Picnic Island.
Fort Snelling State Park

Saturday, July 16

07/16/16 Birding at Bear Head
8 AM to 10 AM Delight in a birding adventure with fellow Minnesotans. Meet at the park office for a guided walk to listen and look for the variety of bird species within the park. A limited number of binoculars will be available for free checkout or bring your own. Dress for the weather, insect repellent is recommended. Current Minnesota State Park vehicle permits are required.
Bear Head Lake State Park

07/16/16
Fly Fishing Clinic
9 AM to 3 PM A fly rod whips back and forth, depositing a home-spun lure above the gaping mouth of a northern or bass, the perfect cast, and it could be yours! Learn the basics of fly fishing from DNR Minnaqua experts, practice knot tying and casting, then test your new skills on Lac qui Parle Lake. All equipment is provided. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and a bag lunch. A fishing license is required only if you are not a Minnesota resident. Participants must be at least eight years old. To register, please call the park office at 320-734-4450
Lac Qui Parle State Park

07/16/16
I Can Climb!
9 AM to 5 PM Send the family up a cliff with a real rock climbing experience designed for first-time climbers. Experience the thrill of climbing Shovel Point, the North Shore cliffs that tower over Lake Superior at Tettegouche State Park.
Tettegouche State Park

07/16/16
Living Off the Land: Cordage Making
10 AM to 11 AM Ever wondered what it takes to survive out in the wilderness? Join a naturalist to learn one of the many skills used by those who live off the land. Discovery what natural items can be harvested for cord, what natural cord can be used for, and actually practice making your own cord to take home! Meet in the stone shelter at the picnic grounds.
Interstate State Park

07/16/16 Mushrooms and More Hike
10 AM to 11:30 AM Foraging for wild mushrooms is a fun activity with tasty rewards, if you know what you are looking for. Join our park naturalist as you explore off trail to find mushrooms like the chanterelle, chicken of the woods or, if you’re lucky, the colorful lobster. Long pants and sturdy shoes are advised. This program is recommended for ages 8 and over.
Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

07/16/16 Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour
10 AM to 12 PM Tour begins at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer showgrounds.* The showground is located on the north side of Itasca State Park. Go out the North Entrance to Itasca State Park, entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (across from the church and gas station).*Tour begins promptly at 10 a.m.
Itasca State Park

07/16/16
Amik’s Pond Hike
10 AM Hit the trail with a park naturalist along the Amik?s Pond Loop. This mile long trek will take us to explore beaver lodges and dams, forest and prairie wildflowers and whatever else we find. We may even come across some park edibles. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Wild River State Park

07/16/16 Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Life of the Monarch Butterfly Display
10 AM to 2 PM Discover the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, Minnesota’s state insect, with Tom and Carol Uecker. Have fun seeing samples of the caterpillar, chrysalis, and the adult. Visit for as little or as long as you like. Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby
Itasca State Park

07/16/16 A Walk Through Old Crow Wing
10–11 AM Step back in time as we walk through the site of Old Crow Wing. In the 1860s Old Crow Wing was a bustling community on the edge of the frontier. By the mid-1870s it was little more than a “ghost town.” Meet at the picnic shelter building, located next to the picnic area parking lot, 1/4 mile west of the park office.
Crow Wing State Park

07/16/16 Pondview Prairie Peruse Hike
10 AM to 11:30 AM Join a naturalist for a relaxed hike around our pondview trail to check out the seasonal wildlife on this .7 mile stroll. Terrain is gently sloping and the trail is gravel. Meet outside the Visitor Center at the picnic tables. Starts Promptly. Hat, sunscreen, water bottle and tick protection recommended.
Sibley State Park

07/16/16 Mushrooms 101
10 AM to 12 PM
Rice Lake State Park

07/16/16 Amik’s Pond Hike
10 AM Hit the trail with a park naturalist along the Amik?s Pond Loop. This mile long trek will take us to explore beaver lodges and dams, forest and prairie wildflowers and whatever else we find. We may even come across some park edibles. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Wild River State Park

07/16/16 Kids’ Activity: Makin’ Tracks
10:30 AM to 11 AM Learn about animal tracks and tracking…and take home a “track souvenir” you make yourself. All ages welcome! In case of rain this program will be cancelled. Meet at Lakeview Picnic Area.
Father Hennepin State Park

07/16/16
Intro to Geo-caching
10–11:30 AM Have some fun discovering how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit? In addition, you’ll find out about the great sport of geocaching. (It’s like a treasure hunt using a GPS unit!) If you have a GPS unit, bring it. If not, you can use one of the park’s! We will go as a group to find the park’s new Call of the Wildflowers geocache. We will hike approximately one mile round trip to find the park geocache.
Whitewater State Park

07/18/16 Little Explorers: M is for Mosquito
10 AM to 11 AM
Interstate State Park

07/16/16 Interpretive Nature Walk
10 AM to 11:30 AM Join naturalist Bruce Ause on a 1-mile interpretive nature hike. For all ages.
Frontenac State Park

07/16/16 Geocaching 101
10:30 AM to 12 PM Discover the fascinating challenge of geocaching and how you can use it to explore Minnesota State Parks’ hidden treasures. You will learn how to use a GPS unit, and then head out in the park to find some specially placed caches. A limited number of GPS units will be available for this modern-day treasure hunt, so please call the park office at 651-433-0500 to sign up. Meet at the Visitor Center!
William O’Brien State Park

07/16/16 Kids’ Activity: Pop Can Casting
10:30 AM Learn about fish that people like to catch at Kathio, and make your own fishing rig from a pop can. Meet at the Interpretive Center. (45 minutes)
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

07/18/16 Historic Falls Hike
11 AM to 12 PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/19/16 Itasca’s Presenter Under the Pines: “From Palms to Pines–Car Touring 100 years ago along the Jefferson Highway in Minnesota”
11 AM to 12 PM
Itasca State Park: Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

07/19/16
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) History Hike
11 AM to 12 PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/16/16 Nature Scavenger Hunt – Drop In
11 AM to 12 PM
Tettegouche State Park

07/16/16 Frog Hop- Story Time
11 AM to 12 PM
Lake Carlos State Park

07/16/16 Sidewalk Stop-All About Bats
11 AM to 12 PM Who swoops and glides through the night to catch a tasty treat? Join a naturalist to dive into the world of Minnesota’s bats! Stop by outside of the picnic shelter to test your knowledge of bats and get a closer glimpse into their lives.
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/16/16 Drawing Maplewood Birds Workshop
11 AM to 12:30 PM Enjoy the beauty of Maplewood and learn drawing techniques from a local art professor. No prior experience is necessary. Paper, colored pencils, and chalk pastels are provided. All ages are welcome and children should be accompanied with an adult. Supplies are provided/No charge.
Maplewood State Park

07/16/16
Trees of the North Woods
11 AM to 12 PM Presentation and short hike.
Tettegouche State Park

07/16/16 Archery in the Park
12:30–3 PM The sport of shooting arrows has been around for thousands of years. First humans used archery as a way to hunt animals and later as a way to compete against each other. Archery is an activity that people from all walks of life and almost every size and ability can participate and have fun. This program covers the basics of archery (safety, proper care of the equipment and how to use a bow). Participants will be able to practice their new skills on the range by taking a turn shooting arrows at targets. Some come learn a new life long skill.
Glendalough State Park

07/16/16
Pothole Exploration Tour
12 PM to 1 PM Discover how lakes of lava and gushing glacial waters formed the park’s unique potholes as you journey over, under and through world-renowned rock features on this naturalist-guided tour. This 45-minute walk includes some uneven terrain and stairs. Meet at the visitor center.
Interstate State Park

07/16/16 Civilian Conservation Corp Hiking Tour
1 PM to 2 PM Fort Ridgely State Park has a rich history with the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and the Veterans Conservation Corp (VCC). During the 1930s the state park and historic site benefited from their labor with new park construction and archeological discoveries. The hiking tour will go through wooded hillsides along unpaved trails. The hike will start at the Commissary building at the Historic Site.
Fort Ridgely State Park

07/16/16 Pond Study
1 PM to 2 PM How much do you know about your Minnesota Aquatic wildlife? What lives and grows beneath the surface of our pond, lakes, and river? If you want to know, come down to Fort Snelling State Park and go on a pond exploration with the naturalist. Program will be located at the Fishing Pier.
Fort Snelling State Park

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07/16/16 Archery in the Parks
1–2:30 PM Archery in the Parks is hands-on instruction shooting a bow and arrow from certified instructors in a safe and supportive environment. Aim for family adventure with kid friendly equipment designed for beginners age 8 and older. Children age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Personal archery equipment is not allowed. All archery programs are free with a Minnesota State Parks vehicle entrance permit.
Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

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07/16/16 Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking
1–2:30 PM Join MN Master Naturalist volunteers, Curtis and Susan Buck, at the picnic shelter at Carley State Park to learn some tasty campfire recipes you can make with a Dutch oven. There will be food to sample!
Carley State Park

07/16/16 Nature Games at the Beach
1–2 PM Get to know the wildlife of Whitewater State Park? If so, grab your parents and join us for an hour of family fun! Meet at the beach.
Whitewater State Park

07/16/16 Fishing: Get in the Habitat!
1–4 PM Join a MinnAqua instructor for this fishing program aimed at all ages. We will begin with learning about the different families of fish in the State, what they eat, how they sense their surroundings, and where the best places to look for them might be. We’ll then make our own pop can casters, learn how to fish safely from the shore, and finally put our new skills to the test. Pre-registration is required. A maximum of 25 spots are available. Call the park office for further details. Meet at the picnic shelter.
Hayes Lake State Park

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07/16/16 125th Parks Anniversary Special Program: Parks for Monarchs: The Mighty Monarch Butterflies
1 PM to 2:30 PM Of the 90 butterflies in northern Minnesota, Monarchs are most well-known. Join us for a glimpse into the life of a monarch and find out why they are so mighty. Be prepared to be both indoors and outdoors. Presentation by Allison Snopek-Barta, Butterfly Research Scientist and Science Teacher at Bagley Jr.-Sr. High School. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Big Bog State Park

07/16/16 Snakes of Wild River State Park
1 PM Learn about the snakes found in this park and get an up-close look (and feel if you dare) at our live resident garter and bull snakes. We will even feed the snakes in front of your own eyes at the end of the program! See that there is nothing to fear from these amazing reptiles. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Wild River State Park

07/16/16 Tracing the Copper Timeline: Old Copper Culture in the Minnesota Arrowhead
1 PM to 2 PM Imagine finding a piece of 99% pure copper. Over 7,000 years ago, the post-Ice Age hunter/gatherers found such pieces along the North Shore. Join expert Larry Furo as he shares the history of the Old Copper Culture. Follow copper’s tale from chunk to tool. Track the development of spearpoints, tools and decorative objects as we create a historical timeline of the Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region. Begins in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/16/16 Stories in Stone
1 PM to 2 PM Join us on this geology walk along the river as we discover the stories left behind in the stone. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
Jay Cooke State Park

07/16/16
StoryCorps Stops: New London Oral History Project Time Change!
1–5 PM Tell your story today! As part of the New London Oral History Project this is your opportunity to stop in and share your story about New London or Sibley State Park; whether it is a memory camping at the park or why you have made New London your community.

StoryCorps is a app designed to make oral interviews and storytelling collection easy. Meet with a volunteer who will have the app downloaded. Either tell your story alone, be interviewed by the volunteer or bring a friend and interview each other!! Drop-in anytime day of at the stops to schedule and conduct your interview.

Stops are located throughout town:
Cre8tive Escapes 17 Ash Street NE. New London, MN 56273
Greenwater Garage 101 S. Main St. New London, MN 56273
Grace Living Community of Glen Oaks, 100 Glenoaks Dr, New London, MN 56273
*location of volunteer at Glen Oaks will rotate every 1.5 hours.*

Sibley State Park

07/16/16 Naturalist Beach Party
1 PM to 3 PM
Tettegouche State Park

07/16/16 Archery in the Parks
2 PM to 4 PM Join certified archery instructors for hands-on coaching and have a hand at our temporary archery range. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment is provided. In case of rain this program will be cancelled. Stop by the Interpretive Center any time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

07/16/16 Day Hill Hike
2 PM to 3 PM Humans have long left their marks on the Northshore, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has been no exception. Join a naturalist as we discover the vibrant pieces of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park?s past that make it a dynamic mosaic of cultural history on a guided one mile hike up to the top of Day Hill.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

07/16/16
Outdoor Kids: Dragonflies
2–3:30 PM Kids of all ages come out and explore nature at your leisure. This program series allows kids to connect with nature through hands-on activities that focus on life around the lake. Have fun discovering Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground.
Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

07/16/16
Celebrate Dragonflies!
2 PM to 4 PM Come to Dragons & Damsels, a fun, family-friendly program. We will start with a short information session on dragonflies and damselflies. Then head outside to learn how to catch dragons and damsels, learn how to hold them, observe specimens up close, and use a key to identify them down to the family. No registration required, suitable for all ages dress for exploring in the field and bring water. Meet inside the Visitor Center.
William O’Brien State Park

07/16/16
Stuck Between a Rock and a Streambed
2–3:30 PM Fish, crawdads, and water striders come to mind when people think of animals that live in a stream. There are, however, other tiny creatures under and amongst the rocks of Forestville’s streams that can be used as an indicator of stream health. Help a park naturalist capture and identify these hidden animals during this fun and refreshing program! Shorts and old shoes that can be worn in the water are advised (flip flops are not recommended). Meet at the amphitheater.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

07/16/16
Archery in the Parks
2 PM to 5 PM Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow from a certified instructor. This event is suitable for ages 8 and older with a parent or guardian.
Bear Head Lake State Park

07/16/16 Remarkable River Mammals Investigation Station
3 PM to 4 PM What animal has built-in ear plugs? How long can an otter hold its breath? Stop by the naturalist?s table near the Visitor Center to learn the answers and discover some of the amazing animals that live right here in the St. Croix and how they have adapted to life on the river! Activity takes about 5-10 minutes.
Interstate State Park

07/16/16
3–4 PM Have you ever wondered how Native Americans once used the natural resources of this area to make tools and living necessities? During this program you’ll learn of some of these tools including how to use the fibers from plants to make strong twine or a nature bracelet!
Weaving with Natural Fibers: Nature Bracelets
Whitewater State Park

07/16/16 Junior Naturalists – Incredible Insects
4 PM to 5 PM Discover the fascinating world of the insect during this children?s program. After learning some incredible facts, we?ll explore the woods for insects with our nets. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
Jay Cooke State Park

07/16/16 Cast Iron Chef Cook Off
5 PM The feud continues between Chef Richard, Chef Dawn and the Naturalists in a delicious cook-off showing their skills using a Dutch Oven. You will see them prepare various dishes. You?ll be the judge, tasting what they make. If you have a favorite Dutch Oven recipe that you would like to share, bring it along.
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/16/16 Feathered Friends
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Come and learn about some of the birds of Minnesota.
Bear Head Lake State Park

Explore Lake Bemidji State Park by Water
7 PM to 8:30 PM Take a short half hour lake tour of the park, on the 24 passenger pontoon boat. The trips will leave from the dock on the east side of the Bass Creek foot bridge at 7p.m., 7:30p.m., and 8 p.m.. Passengers accepted on a first come first served basis, maximum capacity 24 passengers per trip. All pontoon trips are subject to favorable weather conditions.
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/16/16 Wild About Wildlife
7 PM to 8 PM Learn how animals have adapted to survive in their natural environment and some of the more interesting characteristics. We will look at fourteen different animals like the beaver, skunk and coyote. Meet at the Group Campground on the campground side.
Minneopa State Park

07/16/16 A View of the Stone Fence
7 PM Hidden in tall grass prairie on top of the mound lies a mystery. For more than a century people have pondered the purpose of the Blue Mounds rock alignment – a line of quartzite rocks that by coincidence or design are arranged in a line that lines up with the sunrise and sunset on the Spring and Fall Equinox. Join Bud Johnston, member of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers as he shares his theories, insight and research on the Blue Mounds legendary “stone fence”.
Blue Mounds State Park

07/16/16 Flying Shadows: Stories of the Raven
7 PM to 8 PM Considered one of the most intelligent birds on the planet, the raven is sometimes viewed as a bad omen. Are you smarter than a raven? Meet at the Lady Slipper Amphitheater.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/16/16 Whoooot is there?!
7 PM to 8 PM Who is a-hooting?! Join a naturalist to learn more about Minnesota?s silent hunters, and their unique adaptations! Meet at the Cedar Hill Picnic shelter. Feel free to bring your own camping chairs.
Sibley State Park

07/16/16 Winged Tigers Evening Program
7 PM to 8 PM Swoop into the world of owls as we discover what makes these feathered flyers such excellent hunters through activities and stories. No live owl will be present, but the evening is sure to be a hoot! Meet in the stone shelter in the picnic grounds.
Interstate State Park

07/16/16 Summer Bat Count —Volunteer Opportunity
7:30–9:30 PM earn a little bit about Minnesota’s bat population and the dreaded White Nose Syndrome that threatens their world. After an introduction at our visitor center, we will go out and count the resident bat population. This amazing experience will not only be fun for everyone, but will also help us understand changes to our local bats in the years to come.
Whitewater State Park

07/16/16 Owls, Campfire
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Whinnies, hoots, and shrieks….who is calling from the trees? Gather around the campfire as we learn about Itasca’s owls and how they are adapted for life at night. Remember to bring s’more fixings for after the campfire talk! Meet at the Pine Ridge Campground council ring. Located along the bike trail between Lake Itasca and the playground in Pine Ridge Campground.
Itasca State Park

07/16/16 Animals of the Night
8 PM Ever wondered which animals are awake and roaming around at night while you?re sleeping soundly in your sleeping bag? Maybe you could have sworn you heard Bigfoot trying to get into your cooler at night! Come learn all about the different nocturnal animals we have here in the park and what adaptions make it possible for them to live their nighttime lifestyles! Meet at the Amphitheater.
Wild River State Park

07/16/16 Archaeology at the Little Elk River Mission Site
8 PM to 9 PM In 1839 a Methodist Episcopal Mission was established on the Mississippi River, near the village of the influential Ojibwe leader Hole-in-the-Day the Elder. Although the mission was only there for a couple of years, this archaeological site in the Little Elk Unit of Charles A. Lindbergh State Park holds potential to answer important questions about a pivotal time in Minnesota’s history. This slide show and talk about archaeology conducted at the site in 2014 will be followed by a look at some artifacts uncovered in the excavations. Meet at the Amphitheater. In case of rain the program will be held in the picnic shelter.
Crow Wing State Park

07/16/16 The People’s Bat Count —Volunteer Opportunity
8:30–10 PM Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is home to a healthy little brown bat colony that thrives on the insects in and around the Park. Watch hundreds of bats depart from their roosts for an evening of feeding. While our bats are healthy, you will also find out what emerging threat has decimated bat numbers elsewhere. Accommodations can be easily made for those with mobility concerns by calling 507-937-3251. Meet at the picnic shelter.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

07/16/16 Monarchs at Sunset on Assinaboia Skipper Prairie SNA
8:30 PM to 10 PM Learn how to identify monarch larvae and eggs while enjoying the sunset at one of the most important gravel prairie sites in Minnesota. This program will provide a crash course on native milkweed species and instar stages of the monarch caterpillar.
Buffalo River State Park

07/16/16 Whats’ Blooming
[Time: Contact Catherine Johnson at 218-773-4950 or by email at catherine.dnr.johnson@state.mn.us.] Join the park manager for geocaching 101. There will also be a nature walk and talk about various flora along the way and in other areas of the campground. Meet at Red River SRA park office at 10:00 a.m.
Red River State Recreation Area

07/16/16 Universe in the Park
8:30-10 PM Astronomers from the University of Minnesota will share their telescopes and their knowledge of the night sky in this special program. After an indoor talk about astronomy, we will go outside and look through telescopes at stars, planets and galaxies. Meet at the interpretive center. In case of rain or extreme cloudiness, only the indoor portion of the program will be conducted. For more information call 651-231-6968 or email Linda.Radimecky@state.mn.us
Afton State Park

07/16/16 Campfire Program – Running With the Pack — Ooooouuuu!
8 PM to 9 PM Join us for a howling good time as we learn about the wolves of Minnesota. Discover what it’s like to be a member of a pack as we explore the lives of these interesting animals. Meet at the amphitheater behind the Park Headquarters.
Jay Cooke State Park

Sunday, July 17

07/17/16 I Can Climb!
9 AM to 5 PM Send the family up a cliff with a real rock climbing experience designed for first-time climbers. Experience the thrill of climbing Shovel Point, the North Shore cliffs that tower over Lake Superior at Tettegouche State Park.

Hands-on instruction by trained professionals from Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures.
No experience necessary.
Use of helmet, harness and shoes.
A supportive environment. Great for kids!
Depending on group sizes, participants will have the opportunity to ascend one or two routes.
Pre-registration is required. Click on the I Can Climb! link to sign up. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ican/climb.html
Tettegouche State Park

07/17/16 Intro to Geocaching Treasure Hunt
10 AM
Wild River State Park

07/17/16 Meet the Weasel Family – Drop In
10 AM to 12 PM
Tettegouche State Park

07/17/16 I Can Fish
10 AM to 12 PM
Father Hennepin State Park

07/17/16 Meet the Weasel Family – Drop In
10 AM to 12 PM
Tettegouche State Park

07/17/16 Prairie Plant Count on Bluestem SNA
10:30 AM to 12 PM
Buffalo River State Park

07/17/16 I Can Fish – Trout Fishing
10:30 AM to 12 PM
Whitewater State Park

07/17/16 Lil’ Park PEEPS – Insect Investigations
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Jay Cooke State Park

07/17/16 Legacy for a Loon
10:30 AM
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

07/17/16 Summer Flower Hike
11 AM to 12 PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/17/16 Mississippi River Facts Walk
11 AM to 11:30 AM Meet at the compass rose under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center
Itasca State Park

07/17/16 Minnesota State Parks and Trails 125th Anniversary Picnic Gathering Celebration: Maplewood State Park
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Maplewood State Park

07/17/16 Pothole Exploration Tour
12 PM to 1 PM
Interstate State Park

07/17/16 Archery in the Park
1 PM to 4 PM
Old Mill State Park

07/17/16 Thomson Hydroelectric Tour
1 PM to 3 PM
Jay Cooke State Park

07/17/16 Walking with Trees
1 PM to 2 PM Minnesota is home to different varieties of tree habitats, from the wet floodplain to the drier oak savanna. Trees perform an important role in the health of our planet. Come join the Naturalist on this walk throw the wood and learn about the trees of Minnesota. Program will start at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center.
Fort Snelling State Park

07/17/16 Civilian Conservation Corps Discovery Tent
1 PM to 3 PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park

07/17/16 Fishing Skills – Drop In
1 PM to 3 PM
Tettegouche State Park

07/17/16 Five Facts in Five Minutes: Pollinators
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)
Itasca State Park

07/17/16 Plantings for Pollinators: Investigation Station
2 PM to 3 PM
Interstate State Park

07/17/16 Junior Naturalist: Insect Adventures
2 PM to 3 PM Meet down by the swimming beach playground area.
Itasca State Park

07/17/16 Community Concert: “Papa Steve”
2 PM to 3 PM
Lake Bemidji State Park

07/17/16 Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Northern Bass
7 PM to 8:30 PM
Itasca State Park

Coming Up . . .

07/18/16 Pothole Exploration Tour
12 PM to 1 PM
Interstate State Park

07/18/16 Archery in the Park
1 PM to 3 PM
Jay Cooke State Park

07/19/16 Turtle Tuesday
1 PM to 2 PM
Sibley State Park

07/19/16 Wonderful Whitetails Discovery Cart
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park