Weekend Nature Activities: March 3–4

With such a beautiful weekend in store ya just might be lookin’ for something to do. Great days ahead for a hike, or just about any activity that allows you to get out. Heck, celebrate the SUGAR MOON with some maple syruping!


A tap on a maple tree, with sap dripping

Maple Syrup Tap-and-Make Events: Celebrate spring in a State Park sugar bush! Learn the history of maple syrup and sugar making, as well as the equipment and procedures used. Participants will tap trees, gather and boil sap and best of all taste pure maple syrup!

Whitewater State Park: 10 am–noon the again 1–3 pm; Please call to sign up 507-932-3007 ext 226.

Wild River State Park: 1–2 pm

Fort Snelling State Park: 1–2:30 pm; FYI This program is partnership with the Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. The Women In the Parks series offers women an opportunity to learn new skills and explore nature in state parks. More (non-partnered) maple syrup events will be held in the coming weeks at this location.

Wild River State Park: 1–2 pm


Other Saturday Happenings . . .

Bluebird Workshop
10 am–11:30 This will be an opportunity to meet the other volunteer trail checkers (both new and seasoned), verify the houses you check, get new forms, learn about the birds that use nesting boxes, what to do when you check the houses, how often to check, etc.
Afton State Park

Cross-country Ski Lessons: Classic Beginner I – Basics
noon–1:30 p.m. For more info call 763-559-6700
Elm Creek Park Reserve

Snowshoe (or Hike)
1 pm Join the Naturalist on an epic trip to the peak. We will be snowshoeing our way along this journey. If there is no snow, don’t worry, we will still hike to the peak and enjoy the view. Grab a friend, dress for the weather, and come out to the park for a winter adventure! You may bring your own pair of snowshoes if you have them, but we will provide snowshoes for those who need them.
Glacial Lakes State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe
1–3:30 pm Beginners will get a nice introduction to this low-impact winter sport. The Park Naturalist will lead you on a gentle stroll up the river valley, giving snowshoeing tips and interpreting the winter scene that we encounter along the way. If you need to borrow a pair of snowshoes, please contact the naturalist at 218 353-8809 to reserve them. Tettegouche State Park

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike
6:30 pm–9 pm Tour the park trails by the warm glow of candlelight. Up to 0.7 miles of easy groomed ski trails will be lit for this magical night of skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. Warm up by the fire, have a hot cider and roast marshmallows at North Picnic Shelter. A limited number of snowshoes available to rent. Participants over the age of 16 who will be on skis will need a Minnesota Ski Pass. You can purchase a day ski pass at the office for $6 or an annual ski pass for $20. Hikers and snowshoers do not need a ski pass. Check current trail conditions at www.mndnr.gov
Camden State Park (Host: Friends of Camden and Camden State Park.)

Minnesota World Hunting Expo
SCI Minnesota World Hunting Expo; For more info www.minnesotasci.com
Bloomington Doubletree Hotel.


Other Sunday Happenings . . .

Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping & Vacation Show
Thru March 8: Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping & Vacation Show. www.fargosportshow.com
Fargo Dome

Deer Classic
10 am–4 pm Minnesota Deer Classic, www.nscsports.org
National Sports Center, Blaine


Coming up!

March 9—Advanced Hunter Ed., 6 p.m., Cabela’s, Rogers. For more info call Marv Ziner, 612-382-0093.

March 10—Circle Time Under the Pines: E is for Eagle  *For Children 2-5 years old
10:30–11:30 (Adults must accompany children.) Explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about nature through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery. Bring your winter outdoor clothes (including snowpants and boots) . . . if weather permits, part of the program will be exploring the outdoors. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal around the fireplace in the visitor center lobby after the program.
Itasca State Park  [Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom (look for the big building under the big pine trees.)]

March 13—National Trout Centers Fly Tying Class, 5–7 p.m. Preston City of Tourism. For more info call Sarah, 507-765-2153.

March 14—3rd Annual Balsam Basher Fat Bike Race Korkki Nordic Center, Duluth, MN 




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