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Lowry Nature Center turns 50 years old in 2019. Discover how the dream of one man became a reality and how Goodrich Lowry helped shape the future of what is now Three Rivers Park District.

A changing climate has changed our relationship to snow. Unreliable snow cover means an unreliable Nordic ski season. As a way to adapt, Three Rivers has turned to snowmaking. Learn more about the process of snowmaking and how it has helped sustain cross-country skiing in the Twin Cities metro area.

Fit and Free: 11 Ideas for Staying Active Outdoors

By: Mary Christine Kane

December 31, 2018

It's that time of year: time for New Year's resolutions. Start off feeling fit and free with 11 ways to stay active year-round.

Why Do Some Trees Keep Their Leaves Through Winter?

By: Paul Kortebein

December 24, 2018

Now that fall is long past, why are some trees still hanging onto their leaves? Learn what's happening in these trees and why it may be beneficial to them.

Tips and Tricks for Winter Biking

By: Anders Hanson

December 19, 2018

There are countless barriers (both perceived and actual) that prevent people from biking in the winter, but ultimately most of us already have much of the gear that makes winter biking comfortable, practical, fun, and safe. Learn some tips to overcome winter conditions and make winter biking seem less daunting.

The arrival of winter is often associated with a decrease in the amount of time spent being active outside. Learn five reasons why you should consider bike commuting as a way to spend more time outdoors and embrace our coldest season.

Embracing Winter: How to Get Comfortable with the Cold

By: Erin Korsmo

December 17, 2018

Why should we be outside in the winter? Learn the benefits of getting outdoors and how to be outside comfortably in the cold, and find inspiration for embracing winter this season.

Winter Animals at Gale Woods Farm

By: Jane Carlson

December 10, 2018

Winter is here, and while most of the critters are well-suited for the cold, some didn’t make it past Thanksgiving. Learn how the farm animals fare in colder months.

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap and Sustainable Crafting

By: Alyssa Schauer

December 06, 2018

Try making your own gift wrap this holiday season and find inspiration to shop and craft sustainably all year long.

Have you ever wondered why we “deck the halls with boughs of holly” each December or why we light Hanukkah menorahs on midwinter nights? Read on for more about the unknown stories and history behind some of our holiday traditions.

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