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.

COVID-19

Updates & FAQs

Our parks and trails are open! Please remember to practice social distancing while enjoying the outdoors. For the safety of our guests and employees, our buildings are closed. 

carver pdf maps

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

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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.

Kids follow an instructor into a prairie.

Summer Camps

Find adventure this summer at a Three Rivers summer camp! Choose from camps on science, zombies, wildlife and more! See camps at Lowry or view all Three Rivers summer camps.

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

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. 

Give to Lowry

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

Volunteering

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

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 47–49: Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter swans are now a common sight in the Twin Cities area, but they weren't always. In this month's episodes, learn all about North America's largest waterfowl, their history in Minnesota, and how scientists are working to better understand them.

The Three Rivers Blog

How Do Frogs Survive Winter?

By: John Moriarty

March 02, 2020

Spring is not far away, and soon we'll start hearing the first familiar sounds of the season, including the croaks and calls of frogs and toads. But where have they been all winter? Read on to find out how frogs in Minnesota survive the coldest months of the year. 

February 10, 2020

Kicksledding is one of our recreation specialist's favorite winter activities! Learn the origins of kicksledding, how kicksleds work, what makes it so fun and how to try it for yourself.

January 27, 2020

On Feb. 2, we'll celebrate Groundhog Day hoping for indications of an early or late spring, depending on your feelings about winter. But how much do you really know about these mammals that can supposedly predict our weather patterns? Read on to learn all about groundhogs and where you can see them in Three Rivers Parks.

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