MN Nature Week Activities May 13-20, AKA “Take a Mom Fishing Weekend”

(2018) MN Nature in St Paul, Minnesota, has some fun FREE outdoor activities in store for you! In May we think of cherry blossoms, flowering crab apples, pink redbuds, and fragrant lilacs (featured photo by The Symmetric)—and, of course, moms . . . and in Minnesota, that means FISHING OPENER!

Happy mother’s day! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and fishing opener weekend doubles as Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 12, to Sunday, May 13. Fishing is allowed only for species that have open fishing seasons.

If your mom is not so into the fishing, maybe she’d like to visit a garden center or do some landscaping. Looking for the perfect shrub for your mom’s yard? Check out Wildflowers list or this  U of M research list.

May is also the time of the prized morel mushroom! Sometimes morels come out as early as April. To keep tabs on when they’re popping, check out the Minnesota Morel Hunters facebook page! You might as well give them a “Like” because, well, they’re cool.

All activities free unless otherwise noted. For state parks you need a MN state park permit on your vehicle. Day passes and annual passes are available at the park or online here.

May 13 – Happy Mom’s Day!

Hastings, Minnesota: Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Winery. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting and guitar serenading for all mothers.


May 14

Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!
4 p.m.
Camden State Park

May 15

Spring into Gooseberry
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

May 16, 2018

H.O.P. Into the Park: Healthy Older People
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Whitewater State Park

Birds along the Luce Line State Trail
7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Luce Line State Trail


May 18

Bird Banding
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Minneopa State Park


May 19

Riverside Bird Hike
8 a.m.
 Take a morning stroll through Riverside Park while enjoying a birding tour lead by Karen Schik, FMR’s senior ecologist. We hope to spot a number of migratory birds, including warblers, as they pass through the Mississippi River flyway during their spring migration. Birders of all levels are welcome, and we’ll have a few pairs of binoculars to share! Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at or 651-222-2193 x31.
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park

Birding at Bear Head
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bear Head Lake State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Itasca State Park

Lexington Boulevard Planting
9:00 a.m. to Noon. Even though it doesn’t feel like spring outside, the City of Roseville is busy prepping for warm weather activities. The annual planting of the iconic Lexington Boulevard will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Many volunteers are needed to assist in filling the flower beds to the brim with blooming color. Bring your family and friends! Perfect activity for scouts, businesses or other groups. Sign up now to get a section you c an call your own.
Central Park, Lexington Boulevard, Roseville, MN

Wildflowers of Kathio
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Guided Glacial Potholes Tour
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Interstate State Park

Tree Planting
1 PM – 5 PM Join us on Saturday, May 19, at Crosby Farm Regional Park, as Rotarians from District 5950 partner with Great River Greening and The Nature Conservancy to plant 3,000 trees. We will start at 1:00 pm and work for 4 to 5 hours. Open to families, including children over age 12. We are limited to 80 volunteers, so register today. Join us for food and two-for-one tap brews after the planting at the Summit Brewery taproom, a short walk from the event. Hosted by Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub
Crosby Farm Regional Park (2595 Crosby Farm Rd., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116)

Spring Wildflower Walk
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Jay Cooke State Park

Geocaching 101
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fort Snelling State Park

Inspirational Topics Hike
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Whitewater State Park


May 19

Gateway Trail Little Sit Bird Watch
7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Gateway State Trail

Bird Banding
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Minneopa State Park

Birding Walk
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Frontenac State Park

Lake Alice Bird Walk
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
William O’Brien State Park

Volunteer to Help Stop Invasive Garlic Mustard!
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Beneath the Surface of Lake Alice
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
William O’Brien State Park

Yoga on the Prairie
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Buffalo River State Park


May 20

Kids Woodland Crawl
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sakatah Lake State Park

Junior Naturalist: Bluebird Trails
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
William O’Brien State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Whitewater State Park


Upcoming… May 22: Birding Walk at Red River State Recreation Area, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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