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Growing Resilient Forests at the Three Rivers Nursery

By: Missy Anderson

April 22, 2021

Did you know that we have our own plant nursery at Three Rivers? Learn all about why we grow our own plants and how we work to ensure the forests in our parks will be around for years to come. 

Why and How We Prune Trees at Three Rivers

By: Dan Comerford

January 04, 2021

In the winter, our skilled Forestry staff is hard at work pruning trees in picnic areas, campgrounds and other public areas in the parks. Learn all about the art of pruning and why we do it at Three Rivers.

Regal fritillary butterflies have sharply declined in population and are listed as a species of special concern in Minnesota. Learn how and why they are thriving at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. 

The Search for the Red-headed Woodpecker

By: John Moriarty

November 09, 2020

Red-headed woodpeckers are striking birds that we think could thrive in Three Rivers — but right now we don't have many. Learn what we're doing to investigate why this might be and how we hope to attract them to our parks. 

The Unique Plants of Our Restored Prairies

By: Angela Grill

November 02, 2020

When it comes to collecting prairie seed, we seek plants that fit the job of being unique to supporting diversity and resiliency. Find out the top ten prairie plants for our restoration efforts and learn what makes them so valuable.

Planning for a Prescribed Burn

By: John Moriarty

October 21, 2020

It takes months of planning and preparation to conduct a controlled prairie or woodland burn. As our Natural Resources staff plans for next year's burns, read on to learn about all of the steps they take before ever lighting a fire.

Giving Wood Ducks a Home in Three Rivers

By: Steven Hogg

October 13, 2020

Wood ducks are one of the most spectacular birds in North America. Learn what Three Rivers is doing to provide the space they need to nest and thrive in our parks. 

How We're Protecting Purple Martins at Three Rivers

By: Angela Grill

September 28, 2020

Purple martin numbers are in decline in the Upper Midwest. But with the help of dedicated volunteers, Three Rivers has successfully increased the martin populations in our parks. 

Wetland Management: Drawdowns

By: Steven Hogg

September 21, 2020

Managing wetland habitat is no easy task, but is necessary in stimulating plant growth, increasing animal and plant diversity, and controlling invasive species. Learn how Three Rivers Park District manages wetlands with drawdowns and explore some of the specific goals in managing this special habitat.

Canada geese are in no short supply today, but it wasn't always this way. Read on to learn how they came to be so plentiful after once being rare to see in the metro area.

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