Weekend Nature Activities: April 4–5

Don’t let the snow deceive you! Spring IS on its way! Events FREE unless otherwise noted.

April 5, Rising Waters Photo Hike
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Volunteer naturalist will lead photographers on an exploration of the refuge’s site near the old Cedar Avenue Bridge. Bring your own camera and tripod.

April 5, Spring Holiday Party
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Hillcrest Recreation Center.
Your family is invited to an exciting spring celebration. Activities will include carnival games, crafts, face painting, and a jump castle. Be sure to bring your own camera to take pictures with the bunny. For more information about this FREE event – contact the recreation center at 651-695-3706

April 6, Bears: Black, Brown & Polar
1–2 p.m. Learn all about bears, presented by naturalist/photographer Stan Tekiela
Location: Lake Maria State Park (near Monticello)

April 6, Desperately Seeking Signs of Spring
1–2:30 p.m. Spring slideshow and hike
Location: Fort Snelling State Park

April 6, Basic Birding
1–2:30 p.m. Also, sign up for Saturday field trip by calling 218-308-2300
Location: Lake Bemidji State Park

April 7, Nature and Nordic walking
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $5 per class or $30 for the series.  Reservation required; 763-559-6700.
Location: Cleary Lake Regional Park

April 8, Dutch Oven Cooking
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Tradition Creek (West 7th, St. Paul)

April 8, Fly-fishing Introductory Workshop
 6-8 p.m., Ages 16-plus. $30. This program is available again April 15. 
Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Host: Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota