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Species Spotlight: American Plum

By: Paul Kortebein

January 19, 2021

Did you know American plum trees are common in Minnesota — and you can eat the fruit? Learn all about how to identify American plums, how to grow them, how we expect climate change to impact them and more.

Best Trails for Winter Hiking

By: Erin Korsmo

January 13, 2021

With over 100 miles of winter hiking trails, we've got you covered for your next outdoor adventure! Read on to see some of our favorite short, mid-length and long hikes in Three Rivers.

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.

Fun at Home: New Year's Boba Tea Bar

By: Annabella Lau

December 28, 2020

Celebrate the New Year with an at-home boba (bubble) tea bar! Check out this guide for beginners and find recipes, tips and more to make your own boba tea bar this weekend.

The Bear That Spent The Summer

By: John Moriarty & Erin Korsmo

December 14, 2020

There were several bear sightings in Elm Creek Park Reserve this year. Learn more about what we saw, what it would mean to us to have regular bears in the parks, and whether we think bears will become more common in the Twin Cities.

How Do Insects Survive Winter?

By: Angela Grill

December 09, 2020

In Minnesota, we stop seeing and hearing insects as winter settles in. Find out where they've gone and how they survive our coldest season.

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. 

My 3-Day Bike Ride Through Three Rivers

By: Lisa Kapsner-Swift

November 16, 2020

One Three Rivers enthusiast challenged herself to ride 140 miles in three days between all seven of the Three Rivers park reserves. Read all about why she did it, how it went and how it felt to complete this journey.

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.

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