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.
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.
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.
The professional naturalists at Lowry Nature Center can customize outdoor education programs for your school, scout troop, senior center, homeschool, or other organized group.
Host your next meeting, retreat, family gathering or other event in a space at Lowry Nature Center.
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.
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