Weekend Nature Activities: Oct. 31–Nov. 2


7f615dcb-173f-4c34-b04d-a994151c0315Boo! Happy Halloween! Get out ‘n’ enjoy the brisk crisp Halloween weather!
If you don’t find what suits your fancy here, check your local city Natural Resources or Parks website for holiday and weekend fun.



14915749704_fdc23315ff_z10/31 Track or Treat Bike Ride
10 pm Fixed-gear, $3 + sixer. Costume Time Bonus and Contest!
Minneapolis, Sunrise Cyclery 2901 Blaisdell Ave.

10/31 Nighttime Halloween Geocachers’ Social
1900-2030 To enjoy a pint of beer and swap geocaching stories. Info.
Schweich’s Bar & Hotel

11/1 Women’s Nature Hike
9 am–11 am Fort Snelling State Park, info. 612-279-3550
Fort Snelling State Park

11/1 Snowshoe Making Workshop $100
9 am–3 pm Crossings Hotel meeting room in Pipestone, Minn. (hosted by Split Rock Creek State Park). Learn to  Ojibwa style snowshoes kit includes: handmade ash frame, nylon web for lacing, Velcro bindings (size small <120 lbs, medium <180 lbs., and large >180 lbs). Must sign up: 507-283-6050
Crossings Hotel meeting room in Pipestone, Minn.

New cool program! 11/1 Lost in the Woods: Fire-building, GPS & Survival Shelters
11–3. Good skills to know include how to build a campfire w/out gas! Bring somethin to cook over your new fire, if you wish, while we break for lunch. 11–noon fire-building, noon–1 lunch, 1–2 Using GPS, 2–3 Survival shelter building; register 218-384-4610 x227
Jay Cooke State Park, meet at River Inn Interpretive Center

11/1 No Gear Bike Homie Fall Festival
noon (or so) More info

11/1 Movember Moustache Bike Ride
noon More info
Elsies Bowling Northeast Mpls

11/1 CCC History
12:30–1:30 Learn about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and ’40s.
Whitewater State Park

11/1 Fall Clean-up Day
1–3 pm Help prep Lake Maria for winter! Volunteers needed for raking, brushing, painting, and more. Free snacks! Please register: 763-878-2325

11/1 Dia de los Muertos Geocaching
2–4 pm More info
La Casita Mexican Restaurant 8955 Springbrook dr., Coon Rapids

Starcross Bike Ride
3:00 More info (registration) and More info

11/1 Nocturnal Bike Ride
6:30 $12 More info
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve


11/2 US Capitol Christmas Tree  Celebration
11–1 pm The west lawn of the US Capitol in D.C. will have a 80-foot+ white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest here in Minnesota will serve as the nation’s 2014 Christmas tree. 70 more trees will be provided by Minn. Tree Growers Assoc. to decorate the inside of the Capitol building. Come celebrate the trees first of 30 stops on its way to D.C. Enjoy photo taking, activities, treats, coffee, lemonade, face painting, ornament making, tour of select pioneer village buildings. (The D.C. tree lighting expected early December and will be broadcast on TV)
Itasca State Park (Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show grounds)

11/2 Lars the 1800s Logger
1–2 Live historical presentation.
Itasca State Park, inside Levorsen Building (Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show grounds)

No Name Alleycat Bike Race
6:30 More info
Minneapolis (bandshell near the North/East end of the Stone Arch Bridge)


Upcoming . . .

11/3 Birthday Monday, Monthly Geocache Social Hour, Info St Paul

11/5 Guy Fawkes Day, Geocache Social Hour, Info

11/6 Full Moon Hike @ Gooseberry Falls State Park

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