Weekend Nature Activities: Aug. 15–17

Friday

8/15 Fish Friday
3–5 pm, preregister required 612-725-2724, equipment provided
Locations: Fort Snelling State Park, also Mille Lacs Kathio State Park (no registration needed), also 4–5 pm Interstate State Park, also 6–7 pm Itasca State Park

8/15 Archery in the Park
4 pm, equipment provided
Location: Fort Ridgely State Park

8/15 St. Croix Logging History
5–6 pm
Location: St. Croix State Park

8/15 Shallow Lakes Program
5–6 pm
Location: Scenic State Park

8/15 Furs n Skulls
6–7:30 pm
Location: Bear Head Lake State Park

8/15 Wild About Wildlife
7 pm
Location: Fort Ridgely State Park

8/15 Owls at Afton
7 pm
Location: Afton State Park

8/15 Beavers at Sunset
7–8 pm
Location: Whitewater State Park

8/15 Dreamcatchers
7:30 pm
Make one and take it home with you.
Location: Lake Shetek State Park

8/15 Drag Your Tail to the Lodge
7:30–9 pm, bring yur boots n flashlight
Location: William O-Brien State Park

8/15 Popcan Casting
7–8 pm, take home a fishing rig
Location: Crow Wing State Park, meet at amphitheater

8/15 Astrophysics in the Park
8:30 pm, Telescopes provided
Location: Tettegouche State Park

8/15 My Spidey Senses are Tingling
8:30–9:30 pm
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

8/15 Life of a Voyager
8–9 pm
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

8/15 Moths at Night
9–10 pm
Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park

8/15–16 Mountain Bike Workshop for Women 
Location: West Trailhead Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN 

8/15–16 Powderhorn 24
Facebook Page Facebook Event Page
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Saturday (Forecast shows rain so be prepared!)

8/16 Hike with Pro Photographer
8–8:30
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

8/16 Science Saturday
8–10 am
Location: Soudan Underground Mine State Park

8/16 Birding
8:30–11:30 am
Location: Louiseville Swamp Unit, MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

8/16 Bike Ride
9 am (1–2 hours), casual group ride
Location: Central Lakes State Trail, meet at Big Ole in Alexandria

8/16 Intro to Trail Running
9–9:30 am
Location: Lake Bemidji State Park

8/16 Archery in the Park
10 am–2 pm
Location: Big Bog State Park

8/16 Trout Hatchery Tour
10 am, tour of Crystal Springs Trout Hatchery
Location: Whitewater State Park

8/16 Little Sprouts
10–11 am, Stories, games, arts n crafts, outdoor exploration for families with kids 3–5 yrs old
Location: Whitewater State Park

8/16 Harvesting Aged Shellfish
10 am–noon
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

8/16 Digital Nature Photography for Kids
10–11 am
Location: Sibley State Park

8/16 Railroad Trail Digital Scavenger Hunt
10–11 am
Location: Interstate State Park

8/16 Geocaching 101
10:30–noon
Location: William O’Brien State Park

8/16 How Arrowheads Were Made
10:30–11:30 am
Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

8/16 Scat, Fur n Feathers
10:30–11:30 am, animal investigation hike
Location: Jay Cooke State Park

8/16 Trail Walk: Woods, Wings n Wildlife
11 am–noon
Location: Father Hennepin State Park

8/16 Birding for Beginners
11 am–12:30, pre-register 612-725-2724
Location: Fort Snelling State Park, meet at visitor center

8/16 Guided Paddle
11 am–1:30 pm, 5 miles, rent your canoe or kayak from Pardun’s Canoe Rental or BYO
Location: St. Croix State Park

8/16 Wild Herbals with Dr. Kelley
11 am–12:30, hike and i.d.
Location: Wild River State Park

8/16 Interesting Insects
noon–1
Location: Tettegouche State Park, meet at visitor center

8/16 Hike n Phenology
1 pm, 1–3 mile hike
Location: Afton State Park

8/16 Archery in the Park
1 pm
Location: Minneopa State Park, also William O’Brien State Park

8/16 Summer Pests
1–3 pm, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats—who needs ’em! What are they good for? Find out.
Location: Fort Snelling State Park

8/16 Canoeing 101
1–3:30 pm
Location: Soudan Underground Mine State Park (must be 8+), pre-register 218-753-2245

8/16 Ghost Town Cemetery Field Trip
1–3 pm, town of Beaver was abandoned win 1938 (5 miles north of park)
Location: Whitewater State Park, meet at visitor center (you’ll drive in your own vehicle)

8/16 US Dakota War 1862
1–3:30 pm
Location: Fort Ridgely State Park

8/16 Reptiles n Amphibians
2–3 pm
Location: Rice Lake State Park, meet at picnic shelter

8/16 Clever Camo
3–4 pm
Location: Interstate State Park

8/16 Turtles, Lizards, Snakes
3–4 pm
Location: Tettegouche State Park

8/16 Butterfly/Wildflower Hike
3–4 pm
Location: Moose Lake State Park, meet at park office

8/16 Intro to GPS Geocaching
3–4:30 pm
Location: Whitewater State Park

8/16 Dragonflies
4 pm
Location: Minneopa State Park

8/16 Standup Paddle Lesson
4–5 pm, $35 (14+), must register 763-559-6700
Location: Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake)

8/16 Local Canines
5–6 pm
Location: St. Croix State Park, meet in lodge

8/16 Thunderstorms
7 pm, educational presentation
Location: Afton State Park, meet at visitor center

8/16 Campfire Program
7–8 pm
Location: Tettegouche State Park, meet at outdoor fireplace

8/16 Bingo
7–8 pm
Location: Interstate State Park

8/16 Wild Edibles
7 pm
Location: Minneopa State Park

8/16 Eagle Program
7 pm
Location: Whitewater State Park

8/16 Music Under the Pines
7–8 pm
Itasca State Park

8/16 Settlers of the Lake
8 pm
Location: Lake Shetek State Park

8/16 Astrophysics in the Park
8:30 pm
Location: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

8/16 Dividing the Wilderness
8:30–9:30 pm, history
Location: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

8/16–8/17 Overnight “I Can Camp”
Sign up by 4 pm Friday 651-259-5577
Location: Lake Carlos State Park

8/16-17 Bike Duluth Festival
Location: Duluth, MN 

8/16 Gitchi-Gami North Shore Bike Ride
Location: Two Harbors, MN
8/16 Minnesota Road Race Championships
Event Flyer
Online Registration
Location: Richmond, MN

8/16 Race Across America Cycling Challenge Minnesota
120, 60, 30 miles // 400 & 200 mile endurance races // 120 mile Gran Fondo
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

8/16 Tour de Pines 

75, 50, 25 miles // Facebook Page
Location: Park Rapids, MN

8/16 Tour de Prairie Lakes
Location: Glenwood, MN

 

Sunday

8/17/14

Big Stone Lake State Park

Secrets of the Prairie

08/17/14

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

River Canoe Trip: A Scientific Exploration of Water Quality

08/17/14

Father Hennepin State Park

Archery in the Park

08/17/14

Whitewater State Park

Pioneer/Old Time Music & Bluegrass Jam

08/17/14

William O’Brien State Park

Archery In Parks

08/17/14

Whitewater State Park

I Can Fish: Trout Fishing

08/17/14

Interstate State Park

Geology Rocks!: Sidewalk Stop

08/17/14

St. Croix State Park

Introductory Beadwork

08/17/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Exotic Minnesota

08/17/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Canoeing with a Naturalist – 101

08/17/14

Buffalo River State Park

Nature Journaling at Frenchman’s Bluff SNA

08/17/14

Frontenac State Park

Nature Hike

08/17/14

Itasca State Park

Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Alabaster Falls

08/17/14

Tettegouche State Park

Morning Bird Hike

08/17/14

Tettegouche State Park

Northwoods Icon: Beaver

08/17/14

Tettegouche State Park

Digital Discovery: Scavenger Hunt!

08/17/14

Sibley State Park

I Can Paddle

08/17/14

Sibley State Park

Animal Track Making For Kids

08/17/14

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Shipwrecks of the North Shore

08/17/14

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Junior Park Naturalist

08/17/14

Jay Cooke State Park

Photo Safari

08/17/14

Jay Cooke State Park

Junior Naturalists – Magnificant Monarchs

08/17/14

Jay Cooke State Park

St. Louis River Hike

08/17/14

Jay Cooke State Park

Cats on the Prowl

08/17/14

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Trail Walk: Woods, Wings & Wildlife

08/17/14

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Junior Park Naturalist

08/17/14

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

08/17/14

Itasca State Park

Old Timer’s Cabin Walk

08/17/14

Itasca State Park

Old Timer’s Cabin, Open Tour

08/17/14

Afton State Park

Sunday Morning Coffee Walk

 

 

firearm_safetyFirearm Safety Training Classes with openings yet
(must be 11+, guardian must be present first day)
Do not bring firearms or live ammunition to class. Youth and Adult classes. Must pre-register.
Aug. 18–25
6:30 pm, Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sat., contact 218-791-9808
Location: Join Operations Building, 246 125th Ave NE, Thief River Falls

Aug. 18–22
6–9 pm, Mon.–Fri., contact 218-838-8465
Location: Glen-Kimberly Town Hall, 32631 Dam Lake St, Aitkin

Aug 18–22
5–9 pm, Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., contact 320-630-2472
Location: Mills Indoor Shootin g7609 Excelsior Rd N., Baxter

Aug. 18–30, Mon., Thurs., contact 218-758-2868
Location: Dent Lions Club, Dent

Aug. 18–23, Mon.–Thurs., Sat., contact 218-845-2494
Location: Wakenaba Hall, Paisade

Aug. 18–29, Mon., Tues., Thurs., contact 320-594-0064
Location: Browerville High School, Browerville

Aug. 18–28, Mon., field day Thurs. @ 5 pm, contact 218-426-4378
Location: McGregor High School, McGregor

Aug. 19–Sept. 6
7–9:30 pm, Tues.–Thurs., Sat., contact 952-447-3668
Location: Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave., Prior Lake

Aug. 21–Sept. 15
6–8 pm, Mon., Thurs., contact 218-326-8477
Location: TIP Office 7187 Wise Rd., Brainerd

More classes available with openings still in counties: Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Brown, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dodge, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itaska, Kittson, Lyon, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearms, Wabasha, Washington, Wilken, Winona, Wright. See details HERE

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