MN Nature Week Activities: Nov 19-25

MN Nature in St Paul, MN, is looking forward to the winter activities on the oh-so-dimlit horizon! There are some activities Minnesotans like so much that you might want to sign up now–think of it as a Black Friday shopping for adventures!

For example, the candlelight ski and hike events are very popular and fill up fast. Sign up now for the first one held on New Year’s Eve–yes, now!

We spent over an hour finding these events so you can click and go and we included some indoor events because outdoor options were sparse due to Thanksgiving holiday and hunting season. We hope you enjoy the diversity of options this time. Adventure on, dudes!

Events $Free unless otherwise noted.

Early Sign-Up, Ya Know:


Fort Snelling State Park

New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk

First snowshoe hike!


Fort Ridgely State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike


Activities This Week:

Thanksgiving Week Skiing–Lutsen Mountains Opens!
Nov 22 to Nov 25
Lutsen Mountains
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winterer’s Gathering
Nov. 16 to Nov, 18
North House Folk School (Grand Marais)
Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional lifeways in the North.

Featured photo: Nov 16: Snowshoe Shuffle Traditional Community Contra Dance
North House Folk School : Historic Timbered Woodshop
7 pm family dance, 8pm community dance, $5 (free w/member event pass)
Don your winter wardrobe and warm up at this friendly community contra dance. Music ensemble, “Over The Waterfall.”

Beavers in Winter
Whitewater State Park
Nov. 17, 2018
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, $75
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post (43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359)
Make a pair of Ojibwe-style leather moccasins in this two-day workshop. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday only.

Bonfire and Family Games
Eastman Nature Center (Osseo, MN)
Nov. 18 (763.694.7700)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Raptors in the Yard
Lowry Nature Center (Victoria, MN)
11/18/2018 (763.694-7650)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Homeschool: Eco-engineering
Lowry Nature Center (Victoria, MN)
11/19/2018 -11/19/2018
10:00 am -12:00 pm (763)694-7650

Rocks and Minerals
Eastman Nature Center (Osseo, MN)
11/19/2018 -11/19/2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (763)694-7700

Sunset Yoga
Silverwood Park (St. Anthony, MN)
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm (763)694-7707

Walk with a Photographer
Silverwood Park (St. Anthony, MN)
11/21/2018 -11/21/2018
8:00 am – 9:00 am (763)694-7707

Survival Skills $$$
Nov. 21, $5
Ney Nature Center (28238 Nature Center Lane in Henderson)
Learn about outdoor survival and practice life-saving skills including shelter construction and fire building. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 8+.

Our Wild Neighbors #OptOutside
Dodge Nature Center
Nov. 23
Preschoolers to Seniors, come to Dodge Nature Center to learn about the wildlife that lives where we live.

Holiday Toy Exchange
11/23/2018 -11/23/2018
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park, MN)
10:00 am -12:00 pm (763)694-7790

Walk When the Moon Is Full
Richardson Nature Center (Bloomington, MN)
Nov. 23
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (763)694-7676

We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit
325 Learning and Environmental Sciences (1945 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN)
Nov. 19 to 26
Call: (612) 625-7225

Discover the central nature of water in our lives through. You’ll also experience local exhibits about the history, culture, and science of water; events and programs designed to explore and celebrate local waterways; and stories from community members about water. Exhibits are family friendly. Don’t pass up this chance to learn more about Minnesota’s water stories!

Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations
Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls
also Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis
Nov. 19 to 25
Nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross
Duluth (9500 Spirit Mountain Place, 55810)
Call: (763) 497-8474

Hike with a Naturalist
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park, MN)
11/24/2018 -11/24/2018
10:00 am -11:00 am (763)694-7790

Festival of Trees
Nov. 24
Grand Lodge, Ely MN (400 N Pioneer Road, Ely, MN, 55731)
Lighting Ceremony
 on Thanksgiving evening at 5:00 p.m., with refreshments and entertainment. Also: Christmas Boutique w/handmade gift items, Memorial Balls to remember or honor a loved one, Silent Auction for decorated trees and wreaths.

Hike with a Naturalist
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park, MN)
11/24/2018 -11/24/2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (763)694-7790


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