MN Nature Activities: March 20–26

————— March 20 SUNDAY —————

03/20/16
Maple Syruping in Your Backyard
1 PM to 2:30 PM Join us for our annual “Maple Syruping in Your Backyard” workshop. Learn about the natural history of maple trees, and the history of making maple syrup. Find out what equipment is required, how to tap trees, how to process sap into syrup and taste the syrup. No registration required.
Fort Snelling State Park (Program will start at the Visitor Center)

03/20/16
Maple Syruping Workshop
11 AM to 2 PM Kickoff Spring with a trip to the woods! As the warmer days and cooler nights begin to make the sap run, it’s time to tap the trees! learn in-depth and hands-on about the basics of maple syruping through this small-group workshop-style experience. Bring a lunch and enjoy the afternoon! Registration required. Call today 651-583-2125 x227.
Wild River State Park

 

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————— March 22 TUESDAY —————

 

 

————— March 23 WEDNESDAY —————

03/23/16
Wednesday Trail Walks
1 PM to 2:30 PM Group hikes in state parks. Join us! Call 651-231-6968.
Gateway State Trail (Meet at the trail parking at Jamaca and Jeffrey Aves)

03/23/16
Full Moon Owl Prowl
8 PM to 9 PM Join the naturalist for a quiet hike to listen for owl calls in the woods.
Sibley State Park (Meet in the Interpretive Center downstairs theater)

 

————— March 24 THURSDAY —————

03/24/16
Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee Meeting
10 AM to 3 PM Public welcome to sit in. The AIS Advisory Committee was appointed by DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr in December 2012 to help the DNR maintain strong relationships with AIS stakeholders. Advice and recommendations from the 16-member committee, and four ex-officio members, is used to help guide the department’s activities. Committee members bring a range of personal and professional experience to the discussion about how to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals in our lakes, rivers, and wetlands. More info. contact Heidi Wolf at 651-259-5152.
MN DOT Headquarters and Training Center (3725 12th Street North, St. Cloud, MN 56303)

03/24/16
A Gathering of Wild Gardeners
6:30 – 7:00 Social / 7:00 – 8:45 pm Program Join us for the March meeting of Wild Ones—Big River Big Woods Chapter, serving communities in and near St. Paul, Minnesota. All meetings are free and open to the public

BACKYARD GARDENING FOR NATURE presentation by Michelle Kalantari, Guest Speaker. Over a three year period Michelle Kalantari converted her Richfield yard of mostly sod to a vibrant landscape with 70% native plants and no grass to mow. She will take us on a photographic journey of the changes and the resulting biodiversity of life that found its way into her garden.

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. For more information, or to join, see wildones.org.

Recreation Building at Lexington Park (2131 Lexington Ave N, at County Rd B, Roseville, Minnesota)

 

————— March 25 FRIDAY —————

 

————— March 26 SATURDAY —————

03/26/16
Spring Activities and Egg Hunt
12:30 PM to 3 PM (Egg hunt starts @ 2PM) Join Friends of the Glacial Lakes State Park for the 7th annual Easter Egg Hunt! Children divided into groups by age range. Prizes, games, and family-friendly activities will be led by a naturalist throughout the day at the Group Camp Shelter. Hot cocoa and treats will be served. Last year 3,000 eggs were hidden. Call (320) 239-2860.
Glacial Lakes State Park

—Volunteer Opportunity
03/26/16 Clear Brush
10 AM to 2 PM Lop, saw and cut away the day to help prep for a future prescribed burn. Email jmsmetana@hotmail.com for more info.
Lost Valley Prairie SNA

03/26/16
Maple Syruping
1 PM to 3 Learn how to make maple syrup with this hands-on experience. Call 507-379-3403 for info.
PM Big Island State Park

03/26/16
Maple Syrup Making for the Whole Family
10:30 AM to 12 PM Celebrate spring in Whitewater State Park’s sugar bush! Learn the history of maple syrup and sugar making, including equipment and procedures used. Then tap trees, gather and boil sap and taste pure maple syrup! Registration is required for this program. Call 507-932-3007.
Whitewater State Park

03/26/16
Maple Syrup Making for the Whole Family
1 PM to 2:30 PM Celebrate spring in Whitewater State Park’s sugar bush! Learn the history of maple syrup and sugar making, including equipment and procedures used. Then tap trees, gather and boil sap and taste pure maple syrup! Registration is required for this program. Call 507-932-3007.
Whitewater State Park

03/26/16
Sugar Maple Demo & Celebration
1 PM Join Friends of Camden State Park for the 4th annual sugar maple celebration. Learn about the unique forest types that contribute to making Camden a special place, and participate in the process of turning maple sap into syrup.
Camden State Park

—Volunteer Opportunity
If you are interested in volunteering to collect sap ahead of the Sugar Maple Demo & Celebration event at Camden State Park, call 507-865-4530.

03/26/16

Maple Syruping in Your Backyard
1 PM to 2:30 PM Learn about the natural history of maple trees, and the history of making maple syrup. Find out what equipment is required, how to tap trees, how to process sap into syrup and taste the syrup. No registration required.
Fort Snelling State Park (Program will start at the Visitor Center)

Nature Tech Digiscoping
1 PM to 3 PM Join NPS Ranger Sharon Stiteler to learn about apps for your smartphone that can enhance your experience outdoors. There are apps that will help you identify birds, butterflies and mammals as well as help you choose the best place to look for them. We’ll even cover photography using your phone and a spotting scope. Bring your phones and unlock some of the secret powers your phone carries to give you a great day outdoors. The program will start with a brief presentation then move along to testing out photography at the feeders. If you have a spotting scope, bring it along.
Minnesota Valley Refuge Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Auditorium)

03/26/16
Tree to Table: Maple Syrup Workshop
11 AM to 2 PM Learn how to tap trees to make syrup. Bring a lunch and enjoy the afternoon! Contact Mike Dunker at 651-583-2125 x227
Wild River State Park

03/26/16
16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
1 PM to 3 PM (Kids ages 1–12, with adult) Join Friends of Lake Shetek State Park and Currie Town and Country Boosters for the annual egg hunt. Some eggs will have notes hidden in them, redeemable for special prizes. Enjoy free refreshments and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Come on out and have some spring-time fun!
Lake Shetek State Park (Zuya Group Center)

 

More Upcoming Nature Activities for March . . .

03/27/16 Maple Syruping in Your Backyard
Fort Snelling State Park

03/28/16 Public Meeting on Long Lake wildlife designation and management
Windom Area DNR office, 175 County Rd. 26, Windom, MN

03/30/16 Wednesday Trail Walks
Brown’s Creek State Trail

03/30/16 Women’s Bowhunting Archery Series Part 2
A1 Archery, Hudson, WI

04/14/16 Native Spring Wild Flowers
Apply Valley, MN