Lowry Nature Center

Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of Carver Park Reserve. View seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals, observe birds in the wildlife viewing area, or relax near the fireplace or on the deck.

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Find printable maps of Lowry and other areas of Carver on the Carver Park Reserve page.

Upcoming Events

June 10–July 21 | Multiple Locations
Take a kayak down one of the region's rivers, give adapted mountain biking a try, or sign up for summer camp designed for children on the autism spectrum.

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Pollinators play an important role in the production of fruits, vegetables and crops. Learn more about these critical creatures in one of many programs.

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Go beyond your backyard feeder and learn about birds from experienced naturalists. Discover bird banding, meet a raptor and more.

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All Programs and Events

Take a guided walk under the full moon, learn about birding or find something else that interests you in one of Lowry's many outdoor learning programs and events.

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Register for Summer Camp

Summer camp registration is now open. Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Lowry or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers.

More about Lowry Nature Center

Outside Lowry Nature Center, the 250-acre interpretive area features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats such as lakes, tamarack bogs, cattail marshes, and hardwood forests. Along the trails, you might spot some of the varied wildlife that live in the park, including beaver, deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, bats, and turkeys. Some 250 species of birds can be observed in Carver Park seasonally. Opportunities to enhance your experience at the park are available through cell phone audio stops, trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs.

The interpretive area also includes two unique play and exploration areas. "Habitats" is a play area where children can interact with giant flowers and a "beaver lodge" while learning about animals that would live in those habitats (open seasonally April–October). The Nature Exploration Area was created specifically to encourage free play in the outdoors. Children can explore, dig and build while adults play along or observe nearby.

Looking to get the wiggles out on a wintery day? Just a short jaunt outside of the entrance to the nature center you’ll find an exciting sliding hill, or try kick sledding on a nearby pond.

Equipment Rental

A variety of equipment is available for rent during business hours, including Nordic walking poles, nature exploration kits, all-terrain wheelchairs, snowshoes, kick sleds, and downhill sleds. Call for availability.

Groups

The professional naturalists at Lowry Nature Center can customize outdoor education programs for your school, scout troop, senior center, homeschool, or other organized group.

Rental Spaces

Host your next meeting, retreat, family gathering or other event in a space at Lowry Nature Center.

Wild Birthday Parties are offered year-round and are appropriate for children age four and older. Nature-based topics range from pond insects to birds, and snowshoeing to live animals. 

Join other teens in helping out Lowry or other nature centers by volunteering at summer camp, watching over the resident animals, monitoring wildlife and more. 

Volunteering

Three Rivers relies on the support of volunteers to maintain the high-quality programs and operations at the nature centers.