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Species Spotlight: American Hazelnut

By: Paul Kortebein

September 16, 2019

American hazelnuts are easy to grow, cold-hardy, and offer many benefits to both humans and wildlife. Read on to learn all about this plant that grows throughout Minnesota. 

Friday is National Read a Book Day. To help you prepare, Mary Magers, bookseller at Minneapolis independent bookstore Magers & Quinn, agreed to share some of her favorite books about the natural world. From pollinators to weather to winter survival and more, read on to find your next page-turner.

Believe it or not, fall bird migration is already starting! From ospreys to owls to waterfowl, read all about what birds pass through our area of Minnesota and where in Three Rivers you can expect to see them. 

Star Gazing and the Seven Sisters

By: Ashley Smith

August 12, 2019

Discover how constellations can be "signs of the season" and find origin tales of the Pleiades constellation, also known as the Seven Sisters, from ancient Greek, Australian, and Indigenous cultures.

Did you know there are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world? Nearly 4,000 bees are found in North America, and roughly 400 of those species call Minnesota home. Read on to dip your toe in the water with two well-known groups: honeybees and bumblebees.

Fun Facts About Dragonflies

By: Angela Grill

July 03, 2019

Dragonflies are one of the most ancient insects and were one of the first species of winged insects to evolve. Learn more about their dual lives in the water and on land and the best places to find them in the parks. 

Species Spotlight: The Magic of Fireflies

By: Miranda Jones

June 17, 2019

Fireflies evoke a sense of childlike wonder and delight. Learn what makes them glow, the threats to their population, and what you can do to protect them. 

Species Spotlight: Quaking Aspens

By: Paul Kortebein

June 03, 2019

You may know how quaking aspens got their name, but did you know that a quaking aspen is the largest living organism on earth? Read on to learn all about these common trees, including how to identify them and how a changing climate may impact them.

Three Rivers Park District is home to some special spring wildflowers, some of which have a very short above-ground life. Learn about six of these flowers and where to find them. 

How to Protect Yourself and Prevent Ticks

By: Steven Hogg

April 24, 2019

Ticks are inevitable in nature, but they are a risk that can easily be prevented! Find ways to protect yourself from wood and deer ticks and learn more about the symptoms of tick-borne diseases.


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