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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.

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. 

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