MN Nature Activities: Nov 5-11

MN Nature in St Paul, Minnesota, shares nature activities, volunteer opportunities, and conservation resources for FREE! Why? We love Minnesota’s wild places!

The weekends in November mark the deer hunting season, so we recommend you call state parks before planning your outing. Some parks close for hunts, others remain open but may recommend you avoid certain areas. For safety, see this article on “Safe Hiking During Hunting Season” we whipped up for you. Be safe as you enjoy the earth’s slow transition out of fall!

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11/11/17 (Veteran’s Day)

Bird Watching Treks at
8am-10:30am Join us for a bird walk starting at the Bass Ponds Trailhead in Bloomington, MN to learn about the birds that visit the Refuge during the fall migration. During the fall migration period the refuge offers the opportunity to observe a mix of waterfowl, raptors, warblers and sparrows, all stopping at the Refuge to rest and feed before they continue their Southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome on these walks. Bring along your binoculars, favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather.
MN Wildlife Refuge, Bass Ponds Trailhead (Bloomington, MN)

Chat and Hike with the Ranger
10am chat around the fireplace and learn about what is happening on the refuge. Then at 1 pm go on half-mile hike. Each week will focus on a different topic to explore what wildlife are experiencing on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. These programs are fun for all ages. Kids are welcome to join in.
MN Wildlife Refuge (Bloomington, MN)

Meet the Photographer: Steve Schmalowsky
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Drop by and join nature photographer, Steve Schmalowsky, for casual conversations about his work being exhibited this month in the art gallery. He will discuss his digital photography process, as well as specific images on display. You may pick up a tip or two to improve your nature photos.
MN Wildlife Refuge, Bass Ponds Trailhead (Bloomington, MN)

Veteran’s Day Program: Whitewater’s German POW Camp
6-7pm Did you know that Whitewater State Park was once home to German prisoners of war? Come learn about one of lesser known parts of Minnesota?s history. What did they do here? Where did they go? What was life like being a prisoner? Did they cause mischief? Come find out!
Whitewater State Park

Knots to Live By Class for Women
9:30am-11am Nov 11, 2017, 9:30-11, Knots to Live By Class for Women
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, Linda.Radimecky@state.mn.us.
Afton State Park

Fall Park Clean-up
1-4pm Join the Park Staff, the Friends of Lake Maria and other volunteers to get some fall chores completed before winter sets in. Bring work gloves and clean sturdy footwear. Tools will be provided. Please call or email the park to sign up. Meet at the Trail Center at 1PM.
Lake Maria State Park

Geocaching Through MN State Park History
10am-Noon Explore the history of the park with a scavenger hunt-style geocaching course. Fun (and educational!) for the whole family! Equipment and instruction will be provided. Dress for the weather and meet at the Visitor Center.
Space is limited and registration required. To register call 612-725-2724
Fort Snelling State Park

We Are Water MN Exhibit
10am-3pm “Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The local piece of this national exhibit, titled “We Are Water MN” will be on display at Whitewater State Park through December. Docents will be available from 10 am – 3 pm to guide visitors through the inter-active exhibits.
Whitewater State Park

Hunting Dates:
Hunting regulations and Info here.

11/04/17 – 11/19/17
Deer Hunt – Firearm season – 100A (see map below)

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

11/25/17 – 01/07/18
Bobcat – Hunting & Trapping-north of I-94 and US Hwy 10 only

11/25/17 – 11/30/17
Fisher and Pine Marten-north of I-94 and US Hwy 10 only

11/25/17 – 12/10/17
Deer Hunt – Muzzleloader season
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Featured photo: Hunter ed classes.