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Breaking Down Barriers to Camping

By: Chia Xiong

April 28, 2021

Camping can offer new ways to connect to nature, but there is recognizable privilege in being able to do it. Learn how our Community Engagement team worked with community partners and other staff members to establish a Camping Gear Lending Library and offer introductory camping experiences to interested groups.

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. 

Species Spotlight: Elderberries

By: Paul Kortebein

April 08, 2021

Elderberries are some of the most widespread plants in our area. Learn all about the two varieties of elderberries that grow in Minnesota, where to find them, how to tell them apart and more.

Creating Access and Equity in Biking

By: Kaja Vang

March 31, 2021

At Three Rivers, we get so excited for #30daysofbiking in April, but we know not everyone feels comfortable on bikes and trails. Learn how we're working with the community to address inequities in biking. 

Phenology: Nature's Calendar

By: Ashley Smith

March 22, 2021

American robins, red-winged blackbirds, the call of wood frogs — signs of spring are upon us and we are taking note! Learn what it means to notice these changes of the season and how phenology helps local and global communities.

When a wooden fence is no longer useful, what happens to it? With the help of Elpis Enterprises, it is saved from the waste stream and given new life. Read on to learn all about this unique organization and how they help fuel connections to nature at Baker Outdoor Learning Center.

Species Spotlight: Beavers

By: Steven Hogg

March 08, 2021

Beavers are found throughout Minnesota and Three Rivers Parks, but how much do you really know about them? Learn all about their unique adaptations to living in the water, how they survive winter, and how and why their populations are managed.

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness in Nature

By: Alyssa Schauer

March 03, 2021

Learn ways to be mindful in nature and discover how you can connect with the natural world in everyday life.

Stephen Scott, volunteer Outdoor Afro leader, shares his experience in creating opportunities for Black communities to explore and connect to nature in Three Rivers and throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Learn more about Outdoor Afro and how you can support leadership in nature.

Nature Calls Each of Us: My Experience as a Cultural Liaison

By: Nicole Fernandez

February 17, 2021

Nicole Fernandez, cultural liaison at Three Rivers, finds joy in connecting others to the outdoors. Learn what draws Nicole to nature, and read about some of her favorite experiences connecting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members to the parks.

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