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Species Spotlight: Eastern Cottonwood

By: Paul Kortebein

July 27, 2020

Cottonwood trees may be best known for making it look like it's snowing in June, but there's more to these giants than their annual seed dispersal. Read on to learn all about these native trees and how they fit into Minnesota's environment.

Trumpeter swans once nested throughout Minnesota, but were eliminated by early settlers who hunted them for feathers and food. Learn what it took to restore their populations and explore current efforts in managing trumpeters today.

What's Happening to Our Woodland Understories?

By: Paul Kortebein

July 13, 2020

Native woodland plants are disappearing from our forests. Learn what's causing this and how we're working to protect our forest understories.

Mosquitos in Three Rivers

By: John Moriarty

July 06, 2020

Although mosquitos are a nuisance to humans, and in some cases can carry diseases harmful to humans and animals, they are an important part to the ecosystems. Learn all about these pesky bugs and ways to protect yourself from their itchy "bites."

5 Ways to Cook Over a Campfire

By: Patty Riley

June 30, 2020

Fourth of July weekend is almost here! Whether you are going camping, staying in a cabin or planning an adventure at home in your own backyard, try one of these basic campfire cooking techniques and recipes for a tasty meal.

Carrots: The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

By: Missy Anderson

June 22, 2020

The carrot family of plants is broader than just the orange roots we eat. Learn what makes a carrot a carrot, how to identify plants in the carrot family and which ones to avoid at all costs.

Species Spotlight: Snapping Turtles

By: John Moriarty

June 15, 2020

Learn all about Minnesota's largest turtle, from the long list of things they eat to the huge number of eggs they can lay at once to what you can do to help protect them.

Best Places to Paddle Part 2

By: Grant Armour

June 08, 2020

Find serenity and relaxation on the water this summer. From lakes teeming with wildlife to calm waters with island shoreline to explore, read on to find some more of our favorite places to paddle in Three Rivers. 

Foraging in the Parks and Why It Isn't Allowed

By: John Moriarty

June 01, 2020

Foraging has become more popular as people are looking for local native plants to add to their diets for health and economic reasons. However, many public land agencies, including Three Rivers, have a variety of restrictions on foraging or collecting natural objects. Read on to learn why foraging isn't allowed in the parks and how you can help continue to protect natural resources.

How to Disc Golf

By: Ann Schinas

May 25, 2020

Looking for a fun, inexpensive activity to get yourself and those close to you outside and moving? Try disc golf! Learn how to play the game, explore common types of putts and throwing techniques for distance, and see where to play in the parks.

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