Weekend Nature Activities: Sept. 26–28

Absolutely prime fall colors throughout the state and a warm weekend! Enjoy it while it lasts!
Fall Color Finder

 


 

Friday, Sept. 26

Eagle Presentations
daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (open daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm)
Wabasha along the river is beautiful in fall. The eagle center is right on the river in downtown Wabasha.
National Eagle Center

Native Perennial Plant Sale
9–6 pm  
Grown here from seed, perfect to plant yet this fall. Consider Rain Garden in a Box, native planting or other cost share programs in need of replacement plants or to expand their project.
Mdewakanton Greenhouses2651 Sakpe Drive, Prior Lake

 

Saturday, Sept. 27

Fall Fishing for Kids
8:30–11:30 am Kids age 8–15 invited to catch shore lunch (limited space: register 218-308-2300). Non-resident anglers need to purchase a license.
Lake Bemidji State Park

Native Perennial Plant Sale
9–3 pm Grown here from seed, perfect to plant yet this fall. Consider Rain Garden in a Box, native planting or other cost share programs in need of replacement plants or to expand their project.
Mdewakanton Greenhouses2651 Sakpe Drive, Prior Lake

Autumn Geocaching Weekend
9–4 pm MN Geocaching Assoc. will put on special event. Stop by picnic shelter, you’ll receive a special pathtag. GPS units provided.
William O’Brien State Park

Fall Fun
9–4 pm, $2 fee Register at interpretive center starting at 9. Two loops, a 5k, and 6km loop available—choose whatever route you’d like and go as far as you can. Meet friends and walk scenic trails at your own pace for fun. All ages welcome.
Sibley State Park

Leaf Days
10–4 pm Celebrate the colors with various activities at Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter.
Maplewood State Park

Dreamcatchers
10–11 am Picnic shelter #1 Learn the legend and make one to take home.
William O’Brien State Park

Geocaching 101
10–noon
Fort Snelling State Park

Fall Hike
10–11 am Join a naturalist to learn about animals prepping for winter. “Easy” 1-mile hike.
Interstate State Park

Waterfall Loop Hike
1:30–noon Witness rich history on this guided hike. Meet at visitor center.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

Archery in the Park
noon–2:30, Fun, educational, practice, equipment provided.
Glendalough State Park

Prairie Seed Collection
12:30–2pm, help collect native prairie seed and clean it for later restoration projects.
Minneopa State Park

Basswood Rope Making
1–2 pm Picnic Shelter #1 Learn the many uses of the basswood tree and make some rope.
William O’Brien State Park

Waterfall Loop Hike
1–2 pm Witness rich history on this guided hike. Meet at visitor center.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

Autumn Celebration
1–2 pm Short nature walk around park trails to find signs of nature preparing for winter.
Fort Snelling State Park

Fall Festival Day
1–3 pm Cider, cookies, and fun games and pumpkin painting.
Red River State Rec Area

Cornhusk Dolls
2–3 pm Picnic Shelter #1 Make this harvest time icon.
William O’Brien State Park

Fall Colors Hike
2–3 pm (1-mile walk)
Wild River State Park

Sunset Paddle
5–7 pm Guided 5-mile paddle down St. Croix river. Bring binocs and camera to capture fall colors and autumn sunset. Call Pardun’s Canoe Rental to resrve a canoe or kayak (shuttle included in rental fee): 320-384-0508
St. Croix State Park

Harvest Festival
5–8 pm Bonfire, hayrides, hot choc and marshmallows (BYO food to grill), candle-lit hike
Minneopa State Park

Autumn Harvest Festival
6–8:30 pm, Lantern-lit hike along river (approx. 30 minutes), registration begins at 6pm
Itasca State Park, meet at Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Music Under the Pines
6:30–8:30, Lori Goulet Reich (acoustic folk/alt country)
Itasca State Park, meet at Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Signs of Bigfoot
7–8 pm Gather info. on the trail and determine what creatures are in the woods.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

Stargazing
7:30–9 pm WCCO meteorologist Mike Lynch will introduce you to stargazing.
Fort Ridgely State Park

Sunday, Sept. 28

Fall Color Canoe Trip
7:30–9:30 Interpreter James Pointer explores the peatland area by canoe.. Call to reserve space: 218-753-2245 *What’s an SNA? A protected “Scientific and Natural Area” in Minnesota!
Lost Lake Peatland SNA

Autumn Morning Hike/Walk/Run
11 am–3 pm Register at 8am at the Group Center
Sibley State Park

Waterfall Loop Hike
11:30–noon Witness rich history on this guided hike. Meet at visitor center.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

Leaf Days
10-noon Celebrate the fall colors! Events at picnic shelter.
Maplewood State Park

Fall Phenology Hike
noon–1:30 Join park naturalist on hike. Begin at Nature Center.
Buffalo River State Park

Bird Banding Demo
12:30–2 pm Join master bird bander Greg Munson for close-up experience.
Whitewater State Park

Snakes!
1–2 pm Get a close-up look at the resident hognose snake before its weekly feeding.
William O’Brien State Park

Coming up . . .
Oct. 4 Octoberfest celebrations all ’round the state! Here’s one of the biggies in New Ulm!