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5 Tips for Taking Winter Photos

By: Paul Raymaker

January 13, 2020

Snowy landscapes are incredibly dynamic and offer gorgeous scenery for winter photography. Take advantage of this beautiful season and see tips for shooting winter photos and learn how to stay warm while you're out there.

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.

My Year of 52 Hikes — And 5 Reasons to Join Me in 2020

By: Andrea Breitung

December 30, 2019

Could you complete 52 hikes in one year? That's what one Three Rivers employee set out to do in 2019. Learn about her experience taking on the 52 Hike Challenge and why you might want to try it for yourself in 2020. 

Our 7 Favorite Winter Activities

By: Ashley Smith Anders Hanson

December 23, 2019

We've compiled a list of our 7 favorite activities to help you embrace winter this season. Some of them might be things you've already done before, but a few of them might be new activities you want to try!

Finding Hygge This Winter

By: Jenifer Garcia

December 16, 2019

Here in Minnesota, we try our best to make winters bearable. Hygge may be a way for some of you to crack the code on creating a fun and even merry season despite the arctic temperatures. Read on to learn what hygge is and get ideas on how to start incorporating it into your life.

Winter Solstice: Stories and Traditions From Around the World

By: Michelle Bierma Tim Reese

December 09, 2019

Winter solstice falls on December 21 and marks the shortest day of the year. Discover solstice stories told around the world and explore ancient celebrations honoring this magical time of year.

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.

Species Spotlight: Black Cherry

By: Paul Kortebein

November 18, 2019

Black cherry trees are known for their fruit and valuable, beautiful wood, but there's so much more to these common native trees. Learn how to identify them, which diseases and pests affect them, and how climate change will significantly impact their location in the state.

Gale Woods Farm is a unique part of Three Rivers Park District. Learn how the farm came to be and how farming and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand.

How Bats Survive Minnesota Winters

By: Katie Frias

November 04, 2019

Minnesota is home to seven species of bats, but they don't all approach winter the same way. Read on to learn how bats survive our coldest months of the year.

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