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Best Places to Paddle in Three Rivers

By: Alyssa Schauer

July 15, 2019

The heat of summer is here, and sometimes a peaceful paddle is just what you need to cool off. See our favorite places to paddle in Three Rivers, then hit the water and find yours!

Little was known about the winter whereabouts of the monarch butterfly until the mid-1970s. Subtle factors, persistence and a network of people working across borders came together to finally reveal the mystery of the great monarch migration. Read on to learn how Minnesota occupies an important place in the history of monarch research.

Fun Facts About Dragonflies

By: Angela Grill

July 03, 2019

Dragonflies are one of the most ancient insects and were one of the first species of winged insects to evolve. Learn more about their dual lives in the water and on land and the best places to find them in the parks. 

Did you know that the longest snake in Minnesota can be found in Three Rivers Park District? Bullsnake populations have declined in the Twin Cities due to habitat loss, but thanks to reintroduction efforts, they have found a home in Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. 

Species Spotlight: The Magic of Fireflies

By: Miranda Jones

June 17, 2019

Fireflies evoke a sense of childlike wonder and delight. Learn what makes them glow, the threats to their population, and what you can do to protect them. 

Why Do Swimming Beaches Close?

By: Dean Almquist

June 11, 2019

At Three Rivers Park District, water quality crews monitor the water at beaches and swim ponds on a weekly basis from Memorial Day to Labor Day to ensure the E. coli levels are safe for users. Learn more about the testing process and how you can help maintain healthy water quality in the parks.

Share the Trail: Horse Trail Etiquette

By: Alyssa Schauer

June 07, 2019

Following basic trail etiquette is key to ensuring that all trail users have a positive and enjoyable experience. Learn more about etiquette on horse trails and visit Crow-Hassan Park Reserve this Saturday for the chance to meet a horse up close!

Species Spotlight: Quaking Aspens

By: Paul Kortebein

June 03, 2019

You may know how quaking aspens got their name, but did you know that a quaking aspen is the largest living organism on earth? Read on to learn all about these common trees, including how to identify them and how a changing climate may impact them.

How Horses Are Changing Lives at We Can Ride

By: Erin Scearcy Larson

May 27, 2019

Three Rivers Park District is home to incredible places that provide hours of fun and education. But you may not know about one special location nestled in Baker Park Reserve. Learn about We Can Ride's group of specially-trained therapy horses and the life-changing services they provide for people with special needs. Photo courtesy of Shelly Paulsen.

Osprey Reintroduction: The Great Success Story

By: Steven Hogg

May 20, 2019

Ospreys used to be very common in southern Minnesota, but they disappeared from the Twin Cities after World World II. Learn about the program to bring these amazing birds back and how wildlife can survive in an urban area when given the right tools for success.

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