Weekend Nature Activities: Oct 27–Nov 1

You know it! Free unless otherwise noted. Peak fall glory here in MN so if anything get out for a hike in a county, city, or state park.

 

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10/27/2015
Buckthorn Removal —Volunteer Opportunity
1 PM to 4 PM Please join St. Croix Savanna SNA friends to remove invasive buckthorn. Tools and know-how will be provided. This event will be led by site stewards Sheila Maybanks and Rob McManus. See the St. Croix Savanna SNA web page for a map and description of the site. Directions: From Bayport, 0.7 mile west on Co Hwy 14, then 0.8 mile south on Co Hwy 21, then 0.25 mile east on Inspiration Pkwy, then 0.25 mile southeast on Prairie Way, then about 0.15 mile east and south to dead end. Park at gate.
St. Croix Savanna SNA

10/28/2015 HALLOWEEN HIJINKS PUPPET SHOW $$$
10:00AM and 11:00AM Laugh and sing along with wild animal puppets as they hurry around in the fall season. Enjoy their silly antics as they
play mischievous tricks on each other. Make a bat mini-kite to take home, and take it for a spin in our nature play
yard! Enjoy a spooky snack. Option to stay and picnic/self-guiding trail hike afterward.
$5/child. Register by Tuesday, Oct 27.
MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER

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10/31/2015 Haunted High Ropes $$$
5:30pm – 9:30pm $25 per person Join us the Friday before Halloween for a SPOOKTACULAR High Ropes experience. Meet ghosts, skeletons, and witches as you Trick or Treat your way from tower to tower on our West Treetops course. Warm up by the fire after you ride down the zip-line! Reservations Required.

10/30/2015 Ghost Walk
7 PM to 9 PM Learn about the fascinating people who have influenced the history of the Whitewater Valley. Guided groups will hear from ghosts of the valley during a night hike through one of the park’s picnic grounds. Meet at the Nature Store parking lot. Bring your own flashlight.
Whitewater State Park

10/30/2015 Pumpkin Parade
6 PM to 8:30 PM Bats, Skulls, Zombie Ants and a Pumpkin Parade! What more could you ask for?! Travel the paved Pondview Trail by light of jack o’ lanterns and luminaries, then head inside the trail center to warm up by a cozy fire. Trail starts at the Interpretive Center where you can explore the exhibits and try your hand at Halloween games in the Trail Center. Want YOUR pumpkin to star in the parade? Drop it off at the Interpretive Center Theater anytime Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30th between 8 am and 4 pm. Pumpkins available for pick up after the event. Info. Call (320) 354-2055.
Sibley State Park

10/30/2015  The Great Pumpkin (Bicycle) Ride
The Great Pumpkin Ride is the Last Big Bike Ride of the Season. Dress in Your Favorite Costume or just come to watch. Call: 507-765-2460
Preston, MN 55965

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10/31/2015 Monster Dash 5k/10k $$$
8 AM Official time TBD. Check website for details. Costume contests and more. Info. packet pick-up times are several days before the event. See website.
St Paul

10/31/2015 Woodland Restoration —Volunteer Opportunity
9 AM to 1 PM Our second event in the Seven Mile Creek watershed. Volunteers are needed to work on ravine at the edge of a farm field, hauling and stacking buckthorn and other woody invasives that have degraded the understory of this forested area and lead to erosion and high rates of runoff.
St. Peter Farm Site 39315 460th Street – St. Peter

10/31/2015 Buckthorn Blast —Volunteer Opportunity
9–11 AM Join Friends of the Miss. River in the woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. More info.
Vermillion River Aquatic Management Area  (near Rosemount)

10/31/2015 to 11/01/2015 Animal Tracking Workshop
9 AM to 2 PM Registration required: Call 612-725-2724 to register. Join the Minnesota Tracking Club for an introduction to the fundamentals to the ancient art of tracking.
Fort Snelling State Park

10/31/2015 Terror Trot 5k $$$
10 AM Short run for Halloween fun, check website for details. Note: registration may be several days advance.
Minneapolis, MN

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Upcoming . . .

11/03/2015 Circle Time Under the Pines: O is for Owls
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Children 2-5 years old, come 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. NOTES: Adults must accompany children. 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.)

11/05/2015 Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunt
4–6:30 PM  PM Join the fun for the Governor’s Deer Opener in Mountain Iron. Public events for families, including the DNR Wall of Shame, Plinko, a bow-and-arrow shooting game, ring toss, vendor expo including the World Record 8-pointer Buck, Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Minnesota Museum of Mining and Hull-Rust Mine View, a beef stick tasting contest with local products being tasted (for free) and judged by event participants, a live USA Radio broadcast and more. Don’t miss the Bad Axe Award Competition, where you’ll test your skills at air rifle shooting, identifying various scat, tracks and hits, answering hometown trivia and more. At 5:00, put on your hunter orange and gather in front of the Mountain Iron Community Center sign to create a “Sea of Orange” that celebrates the Iron Range hunting tradition. Plus, it’s one fun photo op! Website
8586 Enterprise Dr. S. , Mountain Iron, MN 55768

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Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunt. (Click the photo to visit the official web page)

11/07/2015 Sunset Photo Hike
3:30 pm-5:30 pm An annual favorite, as we capture the setting sun over the refuge. The location is perfect as we capture the sun as it sets over the grasses which will be showing their full fall color. We will head down the trail and get into position. Sunset is at 4:55PM, so we will have plenty of time to prepare and get set-up. Don will go over some tips on capturing the sunset once we are in position. Don Tredinnick and Peter Berman, Volunteer Refuge Naturalists
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center