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Owls of Three Rivers

By: John Moriarty

February 04, 2019

There are 10 species of owls that have been found in Three Rivers Park District. Discover which owl is most commonly seen or heard in the parks and learn more about its habits and lifestyle.

Where do spiny softshell turtles go after nesting on the beach at French Regional Park? How far do softshell, painted and snapping turtles travel in the water? Are they active in winter or affected by water quality? Find out what we learned during the Medicine Lake urban turtle project.

Ice Harvesting

By: Tim Graf

January 21, 2019

Have you ever wondered how food and drinks were kept cold in the years before electric refrigeration? Learn more about the history of the ice harvesting industry and try it out for yourself at Ice Harvesting Day on January 26.

Why We Love Grandparent Camp

By: Anne Jaeger

January 14, 2019

Why do grandparents Zona and Gregg love Grandparent Camp at Baker Outdoor Learning Center? Read on to find out. 

Lowry Nature Center turns 50 years old in 2019. Discover how the dream of one man became a reality and how Goodrich Lowry helped shape the future of what is now Three Rivers Park District.

A changing climate has changed our relationship to snow. Unreliable snow cover means an unreliable Nordic ski season. As a way to adapt, Three Rivers has turned to snowmaking. Learn more about the process of snowmaking and how it has helped sustain cross-country skiing in the Twin Cities metro area.

Fit and Free: 11 Ideas for Staying Active Outdoors

By: Mary Christine Kane

December 31, 2018

It's that time of year: time for New Year's resolutions. Start off feeling fit and free with 11 ways to stay active year-round.

Why Do Some Trees Keep Their Leaves Through Winter?

By: Paul Kortebein

December 24, 2018

Now that fall is long past, why are some trees still hanging onto their leaves? Learn what's happening in these trees and why it may be beneficial to them.

Tips and Tricks for Winter Biking

By: Anders Hanson

December 19, 2018

There are countless barriers (both perceived and actual) that prevent people from biking in the winter, but ultimately most of us already have much of the gear that makes winter biking comfortable, practical, fun, and safe. Learn some tips to overcome winter conditions and make winter biking seem less daunting.

The arrival of winter is often associated with a decrease in the amount of time spent being active outside. Learn five reasons why you should consider bike commuting as a way to spend more time outdoors and embrace our coldest season.

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