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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.

Lowry Nature Center is known for its diverse population of bird species and longtime tradition of bird banding. Learn more about bird banding, what naturalists found out about American tree sparrows, and why banding birds is important for nature education.

Three Rivers conducts controlled burns at its prairies each spring. Learn what goes into burning a prairie and why fire is so important to preserving this special habitat.

Three Rivers Park District is home to some special spring wildflowers, some of which have a very short above-ground life. Learn about six of these flowers and where to find them. 

The Wild Parsnip Problem

By: Paul Kortebein

April 29, 2019

Wild parsnip is an invasive species that can be a very real human health hazard. Learn how to identify wild parsnip and ways to prevent and slow its spread.

How to Protect Yourself and Prevent Ticks

By: Steven Hogg

April 24, 2019

Ticks are inevitable in nature, but they are a risk that can easily be prevented! Find ways to protect yourself from wood and deer ticks and learn more about the symptoms of tick-borne diseases.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By: Alyssa Schauer

April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day! This national holiday gives a voice to the environment and implements an emerging awareness about the effects of human impact on the planet. Find 5 ways to celebrate Earth Day today and every day. 

Discover Poetry in Nature at Silverwood Park

By: Eileen Cohen

April 15, 2019

Did you know that you can find poetry along the trails of Silverwood Park? In honor of National Poetry Month, learn about this art, the voices you can hear on the trail, and why you might want to give it a try yourself.

Frog Tongues — A Sticky Situation

By: Brandon Baker

April 08, 2019

The arrival of spring brings with it the call of frogs! Learn how these amazing creatures survive winter and find out the truth about frog tongues.

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