Weekend Nature Activities: Jan. 16–19, 2015

Candlelit trails, hot cocoa, bonfires, the Minnesota Boat Show . . . Ahh, Minnesota in January is dreamy.

And this weekend is Take A Kid Ice Fishing statewide! Anglers 16 and older do not need a license if they are accompanied by a child younger than 16 and are actively participating in Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend.

Free instruction, equipment and bait provided during these times:

1/17 Lake Bronson State Park, 11–2pm
1/18 Whitewater State Park, 10–noon and 1–3pm


Friday, Jan. 16

Night Sky of the Northwoods
6:30–8pm Short presentation, viewing with provided telescopes and binocs.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park (use winter service entrance and park by visitor center)

Saturday, Jan. 17

Annual Snow Stomp
9–4pm See how large snow blocks are made and help out. Details HERE
MN State Fair Grounds

Snowshoe & History Hike
10–11:30am Snowshoes avail. to rent $6. Learn about snowshoeing then hike around park to look at historic buildings and learn about the park’s past, including CCC and WPA camps in the 1930s.
Flandrau State Park (meet at Beach House)

Wintering Golden Eagle Survey
10–noon You can help the National Audubon Society, MN and Wisc. DNRs and National Eagle Center better understand golden eagles wintering in sourtheastern MN and southwest Wisc. You’ll get a short intro. to the project and birds, then visit sites where eagles have frequented over the past years. Binocs, spotting scopes and brochures available.

Bucket (Check!)List: Snowshoeing
10am–3pm Short intro to basics then check out snowshoes for use, pick out your snowshoes, then explore the park. Return shoes by 3pm. Limited number of snowshoes so you may call to sign up in advance (651)433-0500.
William O’Brien State Park (Visitor Center)

Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show
11–noon Enjoy cocoa and the classics!
Big Bog State Park (Visitor Center)

Winter Orienteering
noon–3pm Use map and compass while you hike, ski or snowshoe to find your way through the woodlands. Beginners welcome but please arrive early for instruction.
Lake Maria State Park

Brrr–midji Kids Can Fish!
12:30–3pm Kids 8–15 join park naturalist for afternoon of perch fishin on Lake Bemidji (adults over 18 with child under 16 do not need license during Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend).
Lake Bemidji State Park (entrance off County State Aid Hwy 20)

Snow Crowns and Gowns Fashion Show
1–3 pm
Jimmy’s Conference Center, Vadnais Heights, MN United States

Winter Skate
11 am–10 pm, free with Wells Fargo bank card. Details HERE
Downtown St Paul, Landmark Plaze

Snowshoe Adventure Hike
1–2:30pm Stomp round Minneopa! Also learn about snowshoeing.
Minneopa State Park (start at Picnic Shelter at Waterfalls side)

Snowshoe Geocache
1–2:30pm Snowshoe rental avail. Call 218-384-4610 x227 Treasure hunt while learning about the past 100 years of park history and natural resources.
Jay Cooke State Park

Squirrel Appreciation Day
1–3pm Join a naturalist to (re)discover the world of the squirrel. Reservations required: (218)834-3855
Gooseberry Falls State Park

Snowshoeing for Beginners
1–2:30 Family-oriented event. Snowshoes provided. Register: (320)532-3269, leave your name, phone number and number attending
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Candlelight Ski + Chili Cook-off!   *Awesome!*
5–7 pm 1.5-mile trail open then try the chili and warm up near a bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa. Join us!
To enter the contest visit www.prestonmnchamber.com/candlelight-ski-chili-cook-off-contest
Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail (meet at Trailhead Inn office)

Candlelight Walk
5–9pm Learn about winter constellations, look for stars, listen for owls. 2.5-mile trail. Then relax with hot apple cider, cookies, and roasted marshmallows.
William O’Brien State Park

Sunday, Jan. 18

44th Annual Ski Race
9am Adult registration begins at 9am, then starts at 10:30. Children register at 11am and start at 1pm (pre-register $8 or on race day $12; max per family kids race pre-register $20 or race day $30). Ages 5 under free pre-registerd or race day $12. High school/college pre-register $12 or race day $17. Adults pre-register $30 or race day $40. Wood Ski Tour pre-register $15 or race day $25.
William O’Brien State Park

Snow Queen Tea
noon, The Former Queens will be holding their annual Queen’s Tea in honor of current Queen Abby Hoglin on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Keller Golf Course. The event will begin at noon
Keller Golf Course, Maplewood

Plant Partnerships
noon – 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in January. Bring your family for a winter escape in the warm greenhouse and find out how animals survive the winter. Search for tropical fruit and flowers that sustain migrant birds and monarch butterflies. Create a seed ornament to take home and feed the hardy non-migrant birds outside your window!
Minn. Landscape Arboretum (Learning Center)

Winter Wildlife Walk
Fort Snelling State Park (meet at Thomas C Savage Visitor Center)

Monday, Jan. 19

Winter on the River
1–2pm Learn about and explore a wintry Fort Snelling State Park. Dress warm.
Fort Snelling State Park (visitor center)

Upcoming . . .
Boat Show 1/22–1/25 Minneapolis Convention Center

Redbull Crashed Ice Jan. 22–24, Cathedral St Paul

Freeze Yur Bags Off Tournament: take part in the inaugural Frozen Bean Bag Tournament.  This is an 8-team bean bag tournament that takes place on 4th Street near the James. J. Hill Library in Rice Park.  It is outside so come prepared! The cost is $25.oo per team.  Entry fee includes entrance into the tournament; 2 drink tickets (one for each member of the team) for the ice bar (non-alcoholic options available for participants under 21) and prizes for winning teams.


Fat Biking Trails and Locations HERE

Downhill Ski Locations HERE

Youth Safety/Training Courses


St. Louis


CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course




CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course




CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course



Wyoming ** CLASS IS FULL**

CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course **CLASS IS FULL**




CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course




Certified Volunteer Turkey Hunter Education Safety Instructor Training Class


Red Lake


CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course




CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course


St. Louis

Duluth * ** CLASS IS FULL * * *

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *



International Falls

CD-Based Youth Snowmobile Course




Certified Volunteer Hunter Education Firearms Safety Instructor Training Class



Eden Valley

Traditional Youth Snowmobile Safety Training Class

Hunting in the state now:

09/13/14 – 02/28/15

Small Game – Rabbits, Squirrels season

10/18/14 – 03/15/15

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Badger, Opossum (North) Hunting & Trapping

10/25/14 – 03/15/15

Raccoon, Red Fox, Gray Fox, Badger, Opossum (South) Hunting & Trapping

10/25/14 – 02/28/15

Furbearer Trapping – Mink and Muskrat – north zone

10/25/14 – 04/30/15

Furbearer Trapping – Beaver – north zone

11/01/14 – 02/28/15

Furbearer Trapping – Mink and Muskrat-south zone

11/01/14 – 04/30/15

Furbearer Trapping – Beaver – south zone

03/01/15 – 03/31/15

Crow Hunting (2nd season)

03/01/15 – 04/30/15

Goose – Spring Light Goose season

Ice Fishing in the State now:

01/01/15 – 04/17/15

Stream trout (Winter) SE – 2015 catch and release season

01/01/15 – 03/31/15

Lake and Stream Trout – Winter (entirely within the BWCA)-2015 season

01/01/15 – 04/17/15

Stream Trout (Spring) SE – 2015 season Catch and Release season only

01/17/15 – 01/19/15

Take-a-Kid Ice fishing weekend

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