Today you can uncover the life and times of a legendary wilderness guide or follow a family of immigrants on their long journey to Minnesota. Investigate the farmstead that transformed the Upper Midwest into America’s Dairy Belt, or relax lakeside on a Gilded Age estate whose majestic gardens have been inspiring guests for over a century. By exploring history, you’ll unlock the stories of life on this land and see how it still influences us today.
Oct. 5 | The Landing
Discover the fascinating history behind fall's favorite fruit! Visit with costumed characters as they share stories of the apple harvest, and try your hand at a cider press.
All Programs and Events
Upcoming history exploration programs and events.
The Wandering Naturalist
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lowry Nature Center and the prairie at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how Three Rivers has helped paved the way for environmental stewardship over the last 50-plus years.
The Three Rivers Blog
By: Bill Walker
Did you know that nature is at the very heart of the story of how the Twin Cities came to be? Like this year’s spring floods, it all started with an extreme buildup of snow and ice. Learn about the series of events that led to the founding of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
By: Tim Graf
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.
By: Allison Neaton
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.
Other Things To Do
If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of our nature centers. At Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson Nature Centers, you can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe up close the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal.
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.