MN Nature Activities: Nov 12-18

MN Nature in St Paul, Minnesota, is super stoked to get you outside! Events here are FREE unless otherwise noted. We focus on free and offer you this compiled list for free because, well, we’re awesome. And you are, too. And so is nature. Let’s all bask in our awesomeness together. #MNnature

Remember, it’s still deer hunting season. Wear your orange! Be safe. Follow these basic tips from MN Nature.

11/04/17 – 11/12/17 Deer Hunt – Firearm season – 200A and 300A

11/15/17 Deer Management Plan Advisory Committee meeting; Sauk Rapids Government Center Community Room, 250 Summit Ave N, Sauk Rapids, MN

11/18/17 – 11/26/17 Deer Hunt – Firearm season – 300B

11/13

Learn How to Ride a Fat Bike Twin Cities Trails
6:30pm – 7:30pm This class is designed to give the prospective fat biker, or those curious about fatbikes, a foundation for the sport. We’ll disuss the different types of fatbikes, and the conditions that for which they are designed. We’ll also cover appropriate apparel and accessories. Finally, we’ll highlight some Local trails and areas to ride, along with resources for planning your next fatbike outing. Fat Bikes are a great way to keep biking all year long! Come join an REI Specialist in learning more about Fat Bikes and related gear. Local trails and areas to ride will be discussed.
Bloomington REI
REI, 750 W American Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55420

11/14/17

Learn How to Ride a Fat Bike Twin Cities Trails
6:30pm – 7:30pm This class is designed to give the prospective fat biker, or those curious about fatbikes, a foundation for the sport. We’ll disuss the different types of fatbikes, and the conditions that for which they are designed. We’ll also cover appropriate apparel and accessories. Finally, we’ll highlight some Local trails and areas to ride, along with resources for planning your next fatbike outing. Fat Bikes are a great way to keep biking all year long! Come join an REI Specialist in learning more about Fat Bikes and related gear. Local trails and areas to ride will be discussed.
REI, 1955 County Rd B2 W, Roseville, MN 55113

Circle Time Under the Pines: G is Getting Ready for Winter
10:30-11:30 Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about nature through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery. Bring your outdoor clothes… if weather permits, part of the program will be exploring the outdoors. NOTES: Adults must accompany children. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal around the fireplace in the visitor center lobby after the program.
Itasca State Park

11/15/17

H.O.P. Into the Park: Changes in Our Coldwater Fisheries
10-12 The H.O.P. program (Healthy Older People) is offered monthly to allow older adults opportunities to socialize and learn about the natural world. In November, we will hear from Lanesboro Area Fisheries Supervisor, Vaughn Snook. Come learn how the cold water fishery of the blufflands has changed over the last 40 years.
Whitewater State Park

Filters for Outdoor Photography
6-8:30 pm Join Minnesota Nature Photography Club member, Bryan Hansel, for a program on Filters for Outdoor Photography. One of the most complicated and confusing subjects in photography is filters. Questions range from what filters to buy to what situations call for a filter. Bryan will answer those questions, present his ideal filter kit recommendations for outdoor photography, and teach how, when and why to use filters. He’ll also talk about how he and Singh-Ray Filters are prototyping several new types of filters and discuss the prototyping process.
REI, 750 W American Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55420

Stevens County DU, Morris Armory. For more info call Erv Krosch, 320-760-6993.

Lake Region DU Banquet, Lakeside Supper Club. For more info call Jake Duncan, 507-661-0819.

11/16/17

Winter Camping Basics
6:30pm – 7:30pm You like to camp, but have only tried it in the spring, summer & fall? Join our experienced REI winter camping experts to learn what you need and what to expect when camping in a winter wonderland. We will cover how to plan, how to stay warm, how to select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. Winter camping is a new experience that is a must-do that keeps you outside all year long! More upcoming classes!
REI, 11581 Fountains Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369

11/18/17

Hibernate!
1-3 Learn how to identify some common Minnesota winter birds, what their favorite foods are and make and take your own winter bird mobile. Binoculars are available to use. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center. Pre-register by calling Jay Cooke State Park at 218-673-7006.
Fort Snelling State Park

Maidens of the Marshes DU Banquet, Fergus Falls VFW. For more info call Melissa, 218-589-7787.

Fergus Falls DU Banquet, Fergus Falls VFW. For more info call Jackie Johnson, 701-799-6659.

Winter Bird I.D.
1-3 Learn how to identify some common Minnesota winter birds, what their favorite foods are and make and take your own winter bird mobile. Binoculars are available to use. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center. Pre-register by calling Jay Cooke State Park at 218-673-7006.
Jay Cooke State Park

11/18/17 – 11/19/17

Snowshoe Lacing Workshop $$$
9-4 $75 registration fee. This fee includes the snowshoe kit, materials and instruction, along with coffee, tea, water, and snacks. Rubber bindings are available to purchase at the park for $5/pair. Lunch will not be provided for the weekend workshop, so attendees should bring a sack lunch. Lace your own pair of snowshoes during this two day workshop. You will be provided with the equipment and instruction needed to lace your own traditional Ojibwe-style snowshoes. Learn this skill from an experienced instructor through this hands-on and rewarding workshop. This workshop is recommended for ages 10 and up will consist of two consecutive day sessions on November 18 and November 19 from 9am to 4pm. Participants must attend both days. Register by calling Lake Carlos State Park at (320) 852-7200.
Lake Carlos State Park

11/19/17

Abandoned Homes
1-2 Join the Naturalist for this hike to search the park and look for the vacated homes of the park?s summer residents. Learn how birds and other animals construct and furnish their summer homes. Dress for the weather and meet at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center. Free. No registration required, but a state park permit is required on each vehicle ($7/day pass or $35 annual pass. Available at park office upon entry to park). Meet at Thomas C Savage Visitor Center (two miles from park entrance. Plan for an additional 10 minute drive through the park).
Fort Snelling State Park

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Norpine Fat Bike Classic
The Norpine Fat Bike Classic (featured image) is part of the largest fat bike racing series in the United States, the 45NRTH Great Lakes Fat Bike Series, a showcase of the best fat bike races in the Great Lakes region.Call: (218) 216-7005
5700 MN-61, Lutsen, MN 55612