Weekend Nature Activities: May 2–4

May 2

May 2, Arbor Day Tree Sale—Coon Rapids
9–1 p.m., $15–17 per tree, must be pre-ordered (limit 4) with forester: 763-767-6455
Location: Coon Rapids Public Works Garage, 1831 111th Ave NW

May 2, Arbor Day Festival—Sandstone
1 p.m.
Activities include hands-on tree planting demonstration, electrical safety demonstration and Arborist demonstration (with a local tree service contractor). Students will be given a take-home packet with a tree seedling to plant, planting instructions and other Arbor Day information
Location: East Central Middle School, 61085 State Hwy 23, Finlayson

May 2–4, Beginners Fly Fishing
6 p.m. (Fri. 2 p.m.), $120 per pair; Register 507-359-6049 or deborah.groebner@state.mn.us
Ages 11–17 + Adult partner. Teams develop basic skills, learn about aquatic habitat, practice tying flies, fish for trout! Each youth and adult participant will receive a fly rod to keep.
Location: Eagle Bluff ELC, Lanesboro

May 3

May 3, 14th Annual Trout Day
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. (hot dog roast and door prizes; register at 8:30 and no trout stamp needed)
Electrofishing demo and seminars by DNR Fisheries staff, guest speaker Al Batt, spin and fly fishing demos, trout fishing opps, and more.
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (near Wykoff)

May 3, Mother’s Day Card Making—Gooseberry Falls State Park
1 p.m.
Join a naturalist to discover things made of trees, then make your own paper to give as a gift. Add some seeds so your paper can be planted and grow.
Location: Visitor Center (near Two Harbors)

May 3, Welcoming Bluebirds
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Learn about eastern bluebirds, how to attract and keep them around your backyard. Make a mealworm bird feeder totake home.
Location: Lake Carlos State Park (near Alexandria)

May 3, Park Maintenance TREE SALE
9–11 a.m., 300 bare root trees for sale
Location: East lot of civic plaza, Bloomington (1800 Old W Shakopee Rd)

May 3, Arbor Day Event—Chanhassen
9 a.m., Refreshments provided (event will happen rain/shine)
Help plant trees in the newly developed Riley Ridge Park.
Location: Riley Ridge Park (meet at the gazebo)

May 3, Arbor Day Festival—Maple Grove
noon–4 p.m.
Activities include Bald Eagle presentation by the U of M Raptor Center, free tree seedlings, Master Gardeners and Tree Care advisors, bird house building, and lots of tree information
Location: Maple Grove Community Center

May 3, Arbor Day—Savage
9–11 a.m.
Annual tree sales, education materials, and Master Gardeners, Park Commissioner, and watershed district staff available to answer questions
Location: Public Works, 13770 Dakota Ave., Savage

May 3, Green Touch Volunteer Day
10 a.m.–2 p.m., snack and lunch provided; register: 763-878-2325
Spring clean-up day. Plant trees, rake, do other general outdoor clean-up.
Location: Lake Maria State Park (near Monticello)

May 3, Nordic Walking
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Register, limited poles available, 651-433-0500)
Hike with master naturalist.
Location: William O’Brien State Park (near Stillwater)

May 3, Make and Take Mini Binocs for Kids
10 a.m–11 a.m. (groups of 8+ call before 651-464-5711)
Create and decorate your own simple binoculars then go on a bird watching adventure.
Location: Interstate State Park (near Taylor’s Falls)

May 3, After-Supper Stroll for Birds and Blooms
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Leisurely evening stroll. Feel free to picnic at the park office grounds beforehand.
Locaiton: Interstate State Park (near Taylor’s Falls)

May 3, Morel Mushrooms
10–noon, resiter 507-932-3007 x226
Shroom hunt! See what you can find on a hike then sauté and sample. Find out how to minimize negative impacts of mushroom hunting.
Location: Whitewater State Park (near Elba)

May 3, Spring Wildflower Walk
1–3 p.m.
Hike and learn interesting lore about wildflowers.
Location: Whitewater State Park (near Elba)

May 3, Warbler Walk
9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.
Hike to watch birds.  Limited binocs available; feel free to bring your own.
Location: Beaver Creek Valley State Park
Also: noon–1:00 p.m. What Warbler Is That? Hike . . . and . . . Warbler Hike again on May 4, 9:30–11

May 3, Bluebirds
Education then hike along trails. GPS units available to borrow, or bring your own.
Upper Sioux Agency State Park (near Granite Falls)

May 4

May 4, Family Archery
1–3 p.m., Ages 9+, $7 (equipment provided); register 763-559-6700
Learn the basics to shooting.
Location: Elm Creek Park Preserve, Maple Grove

May 4, Women’s Archery
10 a.m.–noon, $7 (equipment provided); register 763-559-6700
Learn the basics of shooting using a Matthews Genesis compound bow.
Location: Elm Creek Park Preserve, Maple Grove

May 8, Invasive Species A to Z: Get the Scoop on Aquatic Invasive Species
Learn about common invasive plant and animal species found in and around area lakes, ponds and wetlands, as well as new and emerging threats and what’s being done to keep aquatic invasive species (AIS) at bay.

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