You’ve seen cows out in a field, but have you ever been close enough to pet one? You see produce stacked up at the grocery store, but have you ever plucked it fresh from the garden? As the world becomes more focused on the environment, local, sustainable agricultural practices are gaining in importance. At Three Rivers, those who might not have an opportunity to see the ins and outs of a real working farm get a chance to learn where our food comes from, meet some animals and explore farm life.
Where to find it
The Three Rivers Blog
By: Tim Reese
The most exciting time of the year at Gale Woods is upon us – spring babies! Learn what it takes to birth sheep, pigs, and chickens on the farm and how this special season can be very demanding on a farmer's time and attention.
By: Melissa Hochstetler
Have you always wanted a garden but didn't know where to start? Learn gardening basics from staff at Gale Woods Farm and feel confident in planting your own produce this season!
Gale Woods Farm is a unique part of Three Rivers Park District. Learn how the farm came to be and how farming and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand.
Other things to do
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people who lived here before us? Step back in time and discover their stories through the historic sites of the Grimm Farm, Noerenberg Gardens, the Historic Pierre Bottineau House, and The Landing. Evidence within the parks tells how people have lived, worked and played here for over 12,000 years.
If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, visit Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson nature centers. You can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe the unique characteristics of different wildlife species up close, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal.
Make new memories eating al fresco at a Three Rivers park picnic area in a beautiful, natural setting. All sites have picnic tables, and most sites have other basic amenities including water fountains and permanent grills. Look for a peaceful, serene location or set up just steps from a rip-roaring play area.
Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.