MN Nature Activities: Nov 27–Dec 03

Check out these fun outdoor activities. MN Nature will keep you active all throughout the holidays! All ideas here are free unless specifically otherwise noted. For state parks, you’ll need a permit at the gate or online.

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Winter Weekends
Come out this holiday season for Sand Creek Adventures’ Christmas Zip-Line Wonderland! You will enjoy  our Zip Line Tour, a Christmas Light Display, and a Holiday Hayride. Available on Weekends November 25th through December 31st. Book online.
Sand Creek Adventures – Jordan, Minnesota


Lil’ Park PEEPS – Wolf Camp
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Bring your “Lil’ PEEP” to this preschool environmental education program designed for ages 2 – 5 years. This month we’ll explore animals in the wild dog family such as wolves, coyotes and foxes through engaging stories, songs, activities and outdoor exploration. Depending on weather conditions we may spend part of the program outdoors, so bring appropriate clothing. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
Jay Cooke State Park


Bird Language
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us as we gather on the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds are telling us about our surroundings. We will split the time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors.
To register, visit:
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Classroom A)

A Home For Our Native Bees: Holiday Gifts
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM We have hundreds of native bee species and the honey bee is not one. They live different lives and in different places. We will take a look at some of them and the many other wonders of insects like bees, while putting your creative and craftsmanship skills to work. This is a “make and take” program, so participants will leave with one or more projects they can use at their own home or give away as holiday gifts. Projects will follow the pollinator theme…bee houses and others, so there will be something that interests you regardless of your age. Children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is $5.00 per person. *Participants are required to pre-register by Monday, November 28th and the program is limited to 15 people. Please call the park at (320) 852-7200 to register or for more information.

Kids Holiday Nature Ornaments
10 AM to 12 PM Hey kids, join us at the visitor center and to make nature-themed ornaments and gifts to share with friends and family this holiday season. We?ll have the wood stove burning and there will be stories and cocoa and cookies too! This is a free program but registration is required. Space is limited. Sign up prior to December1 by email at or by phone at 507-932-3007 ext 226.
Whitewater State Park

12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Biwabik’s annual Weihnachtsfest is back again with moonlight fireworks, caroling, a lighting of the trees, plenty of candy, baked goods, hot cocoa and more. Explore craft fairs, enjoy a community meal, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and celebrate a new season, the Mesabi way!
Biwabik City park

Wildlife Tracking Hike: Exploring the North Country Trail in Early Winter
1 PM to 3 PM The first signs of winter are all around us. Join us for an afternoon hike along the North Country Trail as we explore the tracks of Itasca’s critters in the first dustings of snow. This 2.5 mile hike will pass through stands of birch and aspen and scattered stands of red pine. We will conclude at Iron Corner–the location where three counties–Becker, Clearwater and Hubbard–come together. (Refer to Maps 13 and 13-A, pages 109; 115-116 of the “Guide to the North Country National Scenic Trail in Minnesota”).
Itasca State Park – Meet at the North Country Trail Head at the South Entrance Itasca State Park (along Highway 71)


Badger Orienteering Travel Meet
Our neighbor, Badger Orienteering, is hosting this event, near Greenbush, WI. The Cat’s Meow map has complex glacial moraine terrain, and beautiful open woods. More Info
Greenbush, WI

– More Fun –

Dec 03 – 17
Photos with Santa
9AM – Noon Kids, PETS, families, get your photo with Santa and explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. More info

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