Weekend Nature Activities: Dec. 26–31

Check with parks first before heading out for any snow-related activities. It’s pretty brown round town, although . . . it may snow tonight!

 

Saturday 27th

Intro to Ice Fishin
9–4 pm Join a naturalist to load up a sled and hike 1.7 miles on groomed trail to Mic Mac Lake. Check in at the warm Camp Lodge for a cup of coffee or cocoa then head out to ice fish.
Tettegouche State Park, park at camp trailhead parking lot on north side of park/Lax Lake Rd.

Holiday Story Times
10 a.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Oswald Visitor Center

Weekend Family Fun: “Wintergreen Mysteries”
noon to 4 p.m. (drop-in basis) Learn all about evergreen trees! Free with gate.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Learning Center

Snowshoe Hike
1–2:30 Discover the park and learn snowshoe basics. Child and adult snowshoes available. To reserve: 218-384-4610 x227
Jay Cooke State Park, meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center

Winter Naturalist Hike
1–3 pm Showshoe if conditions right. Register 612-725-2724
Fort Snelling State Park

 

Sunday 28th

Holiday Story Times
10 a.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Oswald Visitor Center

Weekend Family Fun: “Wintergreen Mysteries”
noon to 4 p.m. (drop-in basis) Learn all about evergreen trees! Free with gate.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Learning Center

Winter Animal Tracking
noon–1 pm Use the snow to track and i.d. animals.
Wild River State Park, meet at visitor center

Gall Ball
noon–1 pm How divine, a ball with galls! Come investigate galls on goldenrod plants and discover the life therein. Opportunity to review specimens under microscope.
Wild River State Park, meet at visitor center.

 

December 31 Happy New Year!
Ar-BRR-etum
All Day. Free gate admission for skiers and snowshoers all day.  Snowshoes also are available for rental at the Visitor Center info desk.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cross-country Ski for Beginners
noon–2 pm Learn the basics. Must BYO equipment or rent ($25/day), call: 651-583-2125.
Wild River State Park

Feeder Favorites
1–2:30 Learn how to attract birds to your feeders. Register 651-583-2925
Wild River State Park

Candlelight Hike
4–8 pm Bonfires, marshmallows, and more!
Fort Snelling State Park

Candlelight Hike
5–8 pm Hike then warm up in neighboring museums (open for self-guided tours).
Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Candlelight Hike
6–8 pm Fires, marshmallows, warm beverages at the stove and warming shelter. Join us!
Lake Carlos State Park

New Year’s Eve Party
5–8 pm $8/person if pre-registered by Dec. 30; $10/person at the door. Youth ages 5 and under free. Ice skate, hike and snowshoe by candlelight; slide on our lit sledding hill, and warm up at a roaring bonfire. Indoor activities include face painting, live animals, a storyteller and much more! Stay for the countdown and ball drop at 7:59pm. Bring your own sleds and ice skates. Snowshoe rental available. Dinner provided by food trucks; prices vary. All ages.
Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

 

January 1

First Day Hike
10 am–noon Start off the New Year with a First Day Hike and a chance to view the winter landscape. The area naturalist will lead a guided hike from the Ground Campground down the Seppmann Mill Road to talk about the reintroduction of the bison.
Minneopa State Park

First Day Hike (or Snowshoe)
10 am–11:30 Afterward we’ll warm up in the Visitor Center with hot chocolate, coffee, and treats!
Lake Bemidji State Park, meet at park office

First Day Hike
11 am–12:30 The New Year is about new resolutions and intentions. Join the park naturalist for this new intentions walk to find one thing that inspires, intrigues or increases your awareness on this first day of the New Year (even if it is just another day to get some exercise in one of our great Minnesota State Parks and Trails).
Afton State Park

First Day Hike
1–3 pm
Whitewater State Park

Celebrate 100 years + First Day Hike
1–2:30 pm Kick off our centennial year on the right foot! Naturalist will lead hike, snowshoes available, call 218-384-4610 x229 to reserve a pari
Jay Cooke State Park, River Inn Interpretive Center

First Day Hike
1 pm
Lake Carlos State Park, start at Lake View Group Camp

First Day Hike
1–4 pm Once we cover the 1.7 mile trail in to the Camp, we will discuss the 100+ year history of Tettegouche Camp before we hike back out just before sunset. Cancelled if temp colder than -15 at start time.
Tettegouche State Park, meet at camp trailhead parking lot (north side of the park on Lax Lake Road)

 

January 2

Sledding Fun
7–8:30 pm Free. Join us for family fun on the first Friday of every month. Bring your sled for a fun party on our lit sledding hill. All ages.
Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

By Candlelight: Luce Line State Trail
5–8 pm Fun and easy moonlight adventure, warm up around campfires along the way and enjoy some hot cider and other refreshments.
Luce Line State Trail, Parking area off Vicksburg Lane (Vicksburg Ln N to 10th Ave N. Parking area on the left)

 

January 3

Full Wolf Moon Snowshoe Hike
6:30–8:30 pm Snowshoe by the light of the full moon. January is known as the wolf moon in Native American culture. Learn about the life style and behavior of this northwoods mammal during a short indoor presentation before being led outside on snowshoes under the tranquility of the full moon. Child and adult snowshoes are available. Program space is limited. Please call ahead to register. 218-384-4610 x. 229.
Jay Cooke State Park, Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center