Weekend Nature Activities: March 27–30

Get out to experience your local ice skating rink before Sunday when temps are to hit 50! I couldn’t find a single cohesive list but each city and/or county parks division has a list. Internet search: Outdoor ice rink city of _________.

March 27, Live Eagle Program
11, 1, 3pm, FREE and daily
Location: Wabasha, National Eagle Center
Road trip adventure! Trampled by Turtles performs at the Mayo Civic Center (40 min. drive from Eagle Center, through the Richard Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest)

March 27, World Water Week: Microplastics in the Great Lakes
4pm, FREE
Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza, UWS chemistry professor, talks on “Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Is It an Issue?”
Location: Duluth, UMD Kathryn A Martin Library, 4th floor Library Rotunda

March 27, Create & Grow a Bee-Friendly Pollinator Garden
12:15 – 1 pm, FREE
Location: Duluth Public Library
A 30 “brown-bag” lunch session hosted by the Duluth Seed Library and presented by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program.

March 28, Pre-Register Deadline: Flyfishing for Beginners
$20, 4 classes in April–May: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2
Call (507)932-3007, x226 or email sara.grover@state.mn.us
Location: Whitewater State Park, 3 mi. south of Elba

March 29, Maple Syruping in Your Backyard
1–3pm Workshop and tasting
Location: Fort Snelling State Park (St. Paul)

March 29, Maple Syrup Making in Camden’s Sugar Bush
1–3pm Learn all the tools and steps to make maple syrup in the Redwood River valley
Location: Camden State Park (10 miles south of Marshall on Hwy 23)

March 29, Giants Ridge Fat Bike Race (15 mi.)
Location: Giants Ridge, Biwabik, MN
9am, $35 (incl. lunch) Snow, slush and mud!

March 29, 80-mile mix-trail bike ride
Location: Lakeville–Milltown–Lakeville
email if you want in: sauber715@gmail.com

March 29, Owls of Minnesota
2–3pm, Free presentation
Location: Fort Ridgely State Park @ the Chalet

March 29, Our Mississippi
8:30–4:30pm, FREE (bring lunch) Formal and non-formal educators invited to attend hands-on workshop to learn about natural and cultural resources of the Upper Miss. River. Goal: provide educators a mix of classroom, self-directed, and collaborative lessons and activities that meet a wide range of national learning standards (target: 3rd–8th gr.)
Location: Itasca State Park: Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

March 30, Maple Syruping in Your Backyard
1–2:30pm, FREE maple syruping workshop
Location: Fort Snelling State Park (St. Paul)