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.

carver pdf maps

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

Upcoming Events

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Students can fulfill curriculum needs and personal interests while developing an understanding of science, the natural world, art and more!

Feb. 7-16 | Multiple Locations
Celebrate Valentine's day outdoors! Go for a candlelit snowshoe, try kicksledding, cozy up around a campfire and more.

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Try something new this winter with kicksledding! Explore the ice in a variety of programs.

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.

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 Reserve seasonally. Opportunities to enhance your experience at the park are available through trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs.

The interpretive area also includes a play area (open seasonally April–October) and an exploration area. 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


NEW FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON: Snowshoes can be reserved up to seven days in advance as snow conditions allow. Reservations can be made online or over the phone by calling 763.559.6700. Advanced reservations are required.


Kicksleds are available to reserve online in advance on certain days of the week. Reserve your kicksled and learn more about kicksledding!

Explorer Backpacks

Check out an Explorer Backpack and embark on your own adventure at the Lowry Nature Center! Each backpack comes with tools to investigate a specific topic while on the trails. Topics include Trees, Birds, Frogs, Insects, and Pond Exploration.

Explorer Backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis Monday-Saturday from 9 AM-4PM and Sundays Noon-4 PM. Some topics may not be available as each backpack will only be rented once every 72 hours to allow for sanitizing. Call 763.694.7650 prior to your arrival or when you arrive for availability. Backpacks are free and appropriate for all ages. They must be returned at the end of your visit.

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Nature's Classroom Kits

Purchase your own Nature’s Classroom Kit! These activity kits can be used in a park or at home and include tools that you keep. Themes include Insect Investigations, Fantastic Flyers, Leaf Art and Outdoor Survival. $10/kit. 


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. 

Give to Lowry

Love Lowry Nature Center? Consider donating to support outdoor education programs, animal care and display improvement.


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

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 75 & 76: Landing into History

Learn all about The Landing on this month's episodes. Learn what archaeology has revealed about the history of human use of the land, how we manage nature and education at a historic village and more.

The Three Rivers Blog

December 09, 2020

In Minnesota, we stop seeing and hearing insects as winter settles in. Find out where they've gone and how they survive our coldest season.

September 02, 2020

This year has presented unique challenges for educators around the world. Learn how one of our environmental educators adapted to teaching in the pandemic and what new strategies she used to benefit her students.

August 24, 2020

The most used bird migration path in North America passes right through the heart of the Twin Cities. Learn about the Mississippi Flyway, where to look for birds, and how you can help protect these migrators.

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