MN Nature Week Activities: Nov 26 – Dec 2

MN Nature in St Paul, Minnesota, provides inspiring ways to get outdoors. Take the snowshoe, for example. Yea, it’s necessary if you’re on a winter adventure up in this northland but it’s also a fun way to mix up your daily hike experience.

Here’s the great thing about #MNnature, we’re not just sharing rec activities, volunteer opportunities, and conservation resources from one organization. We cover as much as we can across the entire state!

“Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor
areas each year to photograph wildlife.”

(According to the Rydell Nature Preserve)

Well, don’t ya know.

In Minnesota the icy frigid landscape offers a unique photography experience. You can capture it while behind a musher team, while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding or downhill skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, winter hiking, winter camping, or sipping a hot coco (spiked with peppermint schnapps, ahem).

The opportunities are boundless, so let’s get out and explore! Here’s a video to inspire you. The sounds and imagery will transport you to the solace of the great Boundary Waters–a pristine place that Minnesotans cherish and that is currently being endangered by nearby mining interests:

If you’re so inclined, you may want to look into sites that want to protect this unique place for generations to come. Check out Save the Boundary Waters. They are leading the effort to protect the BWCA from sulfide-ore copper mining–the most current threat to the clear waters and consumable, clean fish known to the region.

This week’s activities:

Walks with Alan: Winter Beauty in the Spruce and Birch Collections $$$
$25 ($10 member) — Must register
Nov 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. @ Learning Center lobby of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Spruce and birch are some of the most commonly planted trees (and shrubs, depending on species!) in Minnesota! Alan will introduce you to some of his favorites that are particularly striking in the winter landscape. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits.

Winter Bazaar
November 29 – November 30
Preschoolers to Family
Dodge Nature Preschool’s Annual Winter Bazaar is open to the public and features 12-15 vendors selling homemade crafts, bath and body products, kitchen items and more! Perfect for holiday gift-giving. While you shop, you can also enter to win do … more details
Preschool Information Session

Holiday Nature Ornaments & Stories with Santa
Whitewater State Park
Dec. 1, 2018
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ojibwe Snowshoe Lacing Workshop
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Dec. 1, 2018 to Dec. 2, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Bird Feeding
Fort Snelling State Park
Dec. 1, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wildlife Surviving Winter
Fort Snelling State Park
Dec. 2, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Preschoolers to Family
Dec 4
Prospective families are invited to tour Dodge Nature Preschool. Tours offer a chance to experience life in a Dodge Nature Preschool classroom first-hand, ask questions, and meet preschool staff. Call us to RSVP for a tour today at 651.455.4555

Birch Bark Ornament Workshop $$$
Dec 9, $40/MNHS
Mill Lacs Indian Museum
Create miniature ornaments from birch bark to decorate for the holidays or give as gifts.

Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ
Gallery 255
Free Exhibition, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
“Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ” explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakhóta, Nakhóta, and Lakȟóta (Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota) people, collectively known as the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires). This exhibition is part of a larger look at Horse Nation, including exhibitions at All My Relations Gallery (June 7–October 8) and Two Rivers Gallery (July 2–October 19).

Understanding the snowshoe as art:

Historical big snowshoe making: