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.
All Programs & Events
Upcoming history exploration programs and events.
The Wandering Naturalist
Get a European historical perspective on the fear of wilderness; listen to a discussion about what animals, if any, you might fear in parks (and how to stay safe); and learn how you can address fears that show up when trying new recreational activities.
The Three Rivers Blog
By: Mandy Wintheiser
For centuries, parks have provided people an outlet from the stress of daily life. Learn about the history of parks in the U.S., including Three Rivers Parks, as places for relaxation and leisure.
By: Michelle Bierma & Tim Reese
Winter solstice falls on December 21 and marks the shortest day of the year. Discover solstice stories told around the world and explore ancient celebrations honoring this magical time of year.
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.
Other Things To Do
Take in the beauty of the colorful blooms. Smell the sweet, fragrant flowers. Breathe in the fresh air. Relax to the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves. Our formal gardens at Noerenberg are meticulously maintained to offer visitors a spot of breathtaking beauty and serenity.
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.
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.