Weekend Nature Activities: April 25–27

Hoo–ey! Earth Day and Arbor Day. Get out there and have some fun!

April 25, Tree Time—Arbor Month—Andover
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Free seedlings dispersed; drawing to win free tree donated by local nursery; chat with Master Gardeners.
Location: City Hall Complex, 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW, Andover MN 55304

April 25, Arbor Day Event—Brainerd
9:30 a.m.
Free seedlings to each child. Many family activities.
Location: Brainerd—Lum Park, 1619 NE Washington Street Brainerd, MN 56401

April 25, Arbor Day Planting—Cottage Grove
noon–4 p.m. (register at greatrivergreening.org)
Plant trees with Great River Greening in the South Washington Conservation Corridor, an 80-acre parcel that is part of a larger greenway in the watershed. Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome to participate.
Location: Cottage Grove

April 25, Earth and Arbor Day Celebration—Farmington
11:30 a.m.–12:30
Free, open to public
Location: Farmington—Rambling River Center, 325 Oak Street, Farmington, MN 55024

April 25 Arbor Day Plantings—Mankato
1 p.m.
Tree plantings located on the adjacent Community Athletic Fields grounds.
Location: Rosa Parks Elementary School Arbor Day Planting
Also: Jefferson Elementary School, 100 James Ave., Mankato MN 56001, 8:30 a.m

April 25, Earth Day—New Brighton
9:30 a.m.
Meet in the City Hall Parking Lot. For more information call 651-638-2126.
Location: Veterans Park, 803 Old Hwy 8 NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

April 25 Arbor Day Celebration—Rochester
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
The festivities include live music, lunch, free trees, various vendors, and many family activities. Winners of the elementary school Arbor Day Poster Contest are also announced.
Location: Mayo Park, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904

April 26, Iron Range Eco and Sustainable Farms/Earth Fest
4–9 p.m., register HERE
Host: Land Stewardship Project
Entry-level exploratory workshop designed to help people seeking info. on sustainble farming.
Location:Mt. Iron Community Center

April 26, Arbor Day Event—Robbinsdale
10:30 a.m.
Location: Sochacki Park, 4237 36th Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422

April 26, Backcountry Camping Skills
9 a.m.–noon, $15. Ages 8-plus (Reservations required; 763-559-6700)
Get ready for your next backcountry camping trip with this hands-on workshop. Topics include trip planning, navigation, setting up camp, starting campfires, gear selection and food storage.
Location: French Regional Park

April 26, Glendalough State Park Hike/Spring Fundraiser
9 a.m.–noon (donation to qualify for door prizes, free-will offering for all food items)
Treats before the hike, bratwurst lunch upon return. Eldery/disabled-friendly.
Location: Glendalough State Park

April 26, Dickie Scramble 75-mile bike ride
10 a.m. (potluck to follow)
Location: Elgin, MN: Meet at the Huddle Bar n Grill

April 26, Prairie Butterfly Garden Maintenance
1–4 p.m.
Maintain the butterfly garden in front of the visitor center. Assist with weeding, mulching, watering and labeling plants.  There may also be opportunities for seed collecting. Contact Sara.grover@state.mn.us
Locaiton: Whitewater State Park

April 26, Prairie Butterfly Garden Class
1 p.m., Call 507-932-3007
Discover the beauty and importance of native prairie as well as how to make your own prairie wildflower garden. Free seedlings available for participants.
Location: Whitewater State Park

April 26, Geocaching 101
10:30 a.m.–noon, register: 651-433-0500
Join expert geocacher and discover this fascinating hobby while exploring state treasures.
Location: William O-Brien State Park

April 26, Astronomy and Stargazing
dusk
Host: Glacial Lakes Astronomers and Stargazers Society. Look through telesopes and binocs. Meet at Horse Camp at dusk, weather permitting. No equipment necessary, but bring ’em if ya got ’em!
Location: Glacial Lakes State Park (near Starbuck, MN)

April 26, Living with Rattlesnakes: Winona Earth Day Celebration
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Naturalist education on timber rattlesnakes. Many activities throughout Winona on this day.
Location: Whitewater State Park

April 26, Search for the Spring Peeper
10 a.m., free (register by email michael.dunker@state.mn.us or call 507-643-6849)
Naturalist-led hike.
Location: Pin Oak Prairie SNA

April 26, Root River Earth Day Celebration—Lanesboro
10 a.m.–2 p.m., free
Hosts: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Whitewater State Park volunteers
Location: Sylvan Park (Lanesboro)

April 26, BOW Family Archery
10 a.m.–noon, Age 9+, $7 (fee includes equipment and instruction); register 763-559-6700
Learn the basics of shooting with skilled instructors.
Location: Carver Park Reserve (Victoria)

April 27, BOW Nordic Walking
2 p.m.–4 p.m., $15 +tax (register 651-429-8007)
Demo poles provided. Expect 60-minute walk with small hills.
Location: Wargo Nature Center (Centerville, MN)

April 27, 2014 MN Ironman
Location: Stillwater, MN: Washington Co. Fairgrounds

April 28, Environmental Forum: Carp Wars
7–9 p.m., free, sign up HERE
Location: HB Fuller Company, 1200 Willow Lake Blvd, St, Paul 55110

May 1, Aquatic Invasive Species Training
2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Receive AIS volunteer training from Watercraft Inspection Program staff. Volunteers selected for each of four DNR regions.
Great River Public Library 1300 W St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301

May 3, Buckthorn Bust
8:30–12:30 p.m.
Register Now, HERE
L
ocation: Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi