Three Rivers is home to hundreds of species of animals indigenous to the native woods, prairies and wetlands. If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of the nature centers. Learn about the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiments or even pet a wild animal.
Sept. 21 | Crow-Hassan
Celebrate the oldest and largest restored prairie in the Twin Cities! Meet at the Riverbend Group Camp to learn about prairie plants and insects, enjoy a wagon ride, and take a tour of the prairie with the hosts of The Wandering Naturalist podcast.
Sept. 28 | Lowry
Lowry Nature Center is 50! Celebrate the past, present and future with singing and dancing, a walk on a story trail, food and drinks, birthday cupcakes and more!
Programs and Events
Upcoming nature education programs and events.
Learn about the outdoors
Our staff of naturalists is dedicated to sharing their knowledge and their love of nature, and to teaching the importance of environmental stewardship to visitors. Educational opportunities abound, from seasonal programs and events to customized group adventures.
Our Natural Resources division is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the health of the habitats and wildlife populations in our parks. Come explore on your own, or take part in one of our Naturalist-led classes. It’s a fun, hands-on learning experience for the whole family.
Birding in the Parks
Hundreds of bird species have been spotted in Three Rivers parks. Use this checklist and observation guide to record your sightings!
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: Paul Kortebein
American hazelnuts are easy to grow, cold-hardy, and offer many benefits to both humans and wildlife. Read on to learn all about this plant that grows throughout Minnesota.
Friday is National Read a Book Day. To help you prepare, Mary Magers, bookseller at Minneapolis independent bookstore Magers & Quinn, agreed to share some of her favorite books about the natural world. From pollinators to weather to winter survival and more, read on to find your next page-turner.
Believe it or not, fall bird migration is already starting! From ospreys to owls to waterfowl, read all about what birds pass through our area of Minnesota and where in Three Rivers you can expect to see them.
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.