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.
Oct. 18-31 | Multiple Locations
Dress up in costume, walk on an enchanted trail, try geocaching and more at one of Three Rivers' Halloween programs!
Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Use a GPS to track down hidden treasures, or caches. Put your navigational skills to the test in one of many geocaching 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.
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.
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.
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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