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How We're Protecting Purple Martins at Three Rivers

By: Angela Grill

September 28, 2020

Purple martin numbers are in decline in the Upper Midwest. But with the help of dedicated volunteers, Three Rivers has successfully increased the martin populations in our parks. 

Wetland Management: Drawdowns

By: Steven Hogg

September 21, 2020

Managing wetland habitat is no easy task, but is necessary in stimulating plant growth, increasing animal and plant diversity, and controlling invasive species. Learn how Three Rivers Park District manages wetlands with drawdowns and explore some of the specific goals in managing this special habitat.

Dryland Training: A New Way To Work Out In The Parks

By: Tyler Thompson

September 07, 2020

While dryland training is commonly used to prepare for winter sports, anyone can benefit from it. Learn what dryland training means and what kinds of exercises you can incorporate into your visit to the parks. 

This year has presented unique challenges for educators around the world. Learn how one of our environmental educators adapted to teaching in the pandemic and what new strategies she used to benefit her students.

The most used bird migration path in North America passes right through the heart of the Twin Cities. Learn about the Mississippi Flyway, where to look for birds, and how you can help protect these migrators.

A Day in the Life: Park Service Assistants

By: Alyssa Schauer

August 17, 2020

Meet one of our staff, Lori Lindahl, and discover a day in her life as a Three Rivers Park Service Assistant.

Canada geese are in no short supply today, but it wasn't always this way. Read on to learn how they came to be so plentiful after once being rare to see in the metro area.

Species Spotlight: Eastern Cottonwood

By: Paul Kortebein

July 27, 2020

Cottonwood trees may be best known for making it look like it's snowing in June, but there's more to these giants than their annual seed dispersal. Read on to learn all about these native trees and how they fit into Minnesota's environment.

Trumpeter swans once nested throughout Minnesota, but were eliminated by early settlers who hunted them for feathers and food. Learn what it took to restore their populations and explore current efforts in managing trumpeters today.

What's Happening to Our Woodland Understories?

By: Paul Kortebein

July 13, 2020

Native woodland plants are disappearing from our forests. Learn what's causing this and how we're working to protect our forest understories.

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