Weekend Nature Activities: April 17–19

Early Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebrations are starting, everything is greening up! So there’s tons to do outside! If you attend one of these events, share it: Tweet #EarthDay2015 @MNnature  (All events free unless otherwise noted.)

 

Thursday, April 16

Arbor Day Tree Planting
6 pm Two fruit trees will be planted at the community garden site.
Waconia Interlaken Park, 1270 Interlaken Parkway

Friday, April 17

Rain Barrel and Compost Distribution
Across the state, find your location HERE

Earth Day Half-Marathon Sign-up
11am–8pm Details HERE
St. Cloud State University, Halenbeck Fieldhouse

Capital One Health & Fitness Expo
noon–1 pm Local, regional and national vendors will be selling, sampling and showing off the latest products from the world of running & fitness. You’ll find great deals on everything from running shoes to your last minute nutrition needs. Learn about exciting new products directly from the source at the SCHEELS Exhibit located at the Health and Fitness Expo!
St. Cloud State University, Halenbeck Fieldhouse

 

Saturday, April 18
Hastings Area Birding Festival Saturday $$$
8:00 am–4:00 pm $5 per person, $15 per person with box lunch. Advance registration is required. Reserve your spot with Carpenter Nature Center at 651-437-4359. Friends of the Mississippi River is proud to support the Hastings Environmental Protectors, the City of Hastings and Carpenter Nature Center’s third annual Birding Festival. More info. HERE
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Earth Day Half-Marathon
8:30 am start. Details HERE
St. Cloud State University

29th Annual City-wide Clean-up: St Paul
9–11:30 am Several Locations. More info HERE
St. Paul

Pearl Park Earth Day Cleanup
9 am–Noon The goal of Earth Day is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. Info HERE
Diamond Lake Rd E, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Celebrate Earth Day with Blue Earth County
10 am–Noon All ages are welcome. Activities, craft projects, informational displays and refreshments. A highlight of the event will be a special live reptile presentation by Remarkable Reptiles at 11 a.m. Additionally, participants can make craft projects from recycled materials, take part in environmental games, enter in a coloring contest, listen to an environmentally-themed story time and enjoy face painting. The 2015 Earth Day celebration has something for everyone to learn about keeping the earth clean while having fun.
Blue Earth County Library in Mankato, Lovelace Children’s Wing of the library

Roseville Earth Day Celebration
10–2 pm Check out the new building, the indoor tree display, Boardwalk tours, activities, crafts and planting for butterflies run from 10 am – 1:00, with performances by Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade at 10:30 and 11:45. At 1:00, the kids from Kinderberry Hill will present “The Great Kapok Tree,” followed by the popular Walking Parade. The day ends with birthday cake for all to celebrate HANC’s 25th birthday. First 100 families get a 2015 Chinook Book and everyone can enter the free drawing for a rain barrel, compost bin, or other great prizes.
Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Earth Day Skill-sharing Workshops
11 am–4 pm The event is free, but requires registration at www.transitionnorthfield.org.
Northfifeld First UCC Church and noted locations.

Northfield’s Annual 6th EARTH DAY Celebration
11 am– 7:30 pm Plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum and attend a tree trimming session.
Carleton’s Weitz Center

Winona Earth Day 2015
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Lots of stuff going on, check out the flyer HERE
WSU Campus @ the corner of Main Street / 8th Street

Aurora Borealis Photo Tour
1–2 pm Photo and resource presentation for those interested in seeing and learning more about the sky’s natural light shows.
Whitewater State Park

Invasive Species
1–3 pm Learn how to i.d. invasive species, why they’re harmful to our environment, and what to do about them. Get ready for volunteer events by brushing up on your invasive i.d. skills!
Wild River State Park (Visitor Center)

Geocaching 101: Call of the Wildflowers
1–3 pm Learn about geocaching and how you can use it to explore within the State Parks. GPS provided. Then explore! You’ll get a pollinator card for participating.
Lake Carlos State Park

Note: April 22 is “Call of the Wildflower” Earth Day. So learn how to geocache at Lake Carolos State Park then go back to get started on this statewide adventure.

Earth Day Potluck & Seed Exchange
4:30 pm The event is free and includes a seed exchange, sustainability exhibitors, Aztec dancers and community jam (ASL Interpreter available).
Northfield Weitz Center, Carleton College.

Night Sky of the Northwoods
8:30–10 pm Short presentation with opportunity to view celestial sights with provided telescope and binoculars then head out for a nighty sky hike (dress appropriate). PResentation will proceed even if cloudy.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park

 

Sunday, April 19

Birds, Books & Binocs
9–11 am Join a naturalist to learn how to use field guides and binoculars then head out for a birding hike. Equipment provided.
Fort Snelling State Park (please register: 612-725-2724)

Duluth Earth Day Celebration
11 am–4 pm There will be informational booths and family friendly activities. Free admission. Fully accessible via inside elevator and outside ramp. Call (218) 720-5260 ext. 1
http://www.LSMMA.com
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor center

 

Tuesday, April 21

Raingardens and Beyond: Clean Water, Healthy Habitat Workshops -$$$
6:00pm to 9:00pm $15 for a 3-hour workshop explores simple changes you can make on your property to protect clean water and create healthy habitats. DIY raingarden design and installation. This workshop will first give you an overview of raingardens and native plants.  Then, you’ll receive recommendations for your property with assistance from Metro Blooms’ Landscape Designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners.
Metro Blooms, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth, MN 55446

 

 Note: Earth Day is Wed., April 22. Arbor Day is Fri., April 24. However, each town/city has celebrations planned throughout April and May. Check with your local municipality, neighborhood, or local businesses for dates.