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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."

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.

6 Favorite Childhood Adventure Books

By: Allie Dart

May 04, 2020

Many of our staff at the Outdoor Recreation School got their first taste of exploration through adventure books. Read on to see their favorite tales of wilderness survival and outdoor adventure.

The Joy of Backyard Birding

By: Erin Korsmo

April 27, 2020

Keeping bird feeders is a rewarding experience. Read on to learn why you should consider keeping feeders and how to get started at home.

How Do Frogs Survive Winter?

By: John Moriarty

March 02, 2020

Spring is not far away, and soon we'll start hearing the first familiar sounds of the season, including the croaks and calls of frogs and toads. But where have they been all winter? Read on to find out how frogs in Minnesota survive the coldest months of the year. 

Animal Tracking: From Footprints to GPS

By: Steven Hogg

February 17, 2020

Animal tracking is a great way to learn about animals — even without seeing them. Learn how to identify some common prints you may see on your next outdoor adventure as well as how scientists track animals to learn about their behaviors and lifecycles.

On Feb. 2, we'll celebrate Groundhog Day hoping for indications of an early or late spring, depending on your feelings about winter. But how much do you really know about these mammals that can supposedly predict our weather patterns? Read on to learn all about groundhogs and where you can see them in Three Rivers Parks.

Nature School: Taking Preschool to The Great Outdoors

By: Megan Kelzenberg

January 22, 2020

The growing list of benefits from learning in outdoor environments suggests a need for looking at early childhood education through a new lens. Learn all about Nature School and the benefits of taking the preschool classroom outside, and how to incorporate more outdoor time in your preschooler's life.

Do Evergreen Trees Lose Their Needles?

By: Paul Kortebein

January 06, 2020

Evergreens received their nickname because their needles appear green all year, even in the fall. Did you know, though, that conifers actually do lose their needles? Learn when coniferous trees shed their needles and how to tell if needle drop is normal or a sign of stress.

Species Spotlight: Wild Turkeys

By: John Moriarty

November 25, 2019

Did you know there was a time when turkeys didn't exist in Minnesota? Learn all about this Thanksgiving staple, including how they came to thrive in our area and what to do if they're causing trouble in your yard.

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