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
Geocaching involves using a GPS to track down hidden treasures, or caches. Put your navigational skills to the test in one of many geocaching programs!

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Go on an adventure with your child! Explore art, build forts, learn about dinosaurs 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.

Through social media, we're bringing the outdoors to you! Tune in to explore nature, meet farm animals, try new art projects and more.

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

Rental equipment is not available at this time.

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 57–59: Farming

Learn about agriculture in Minnesota from the past to the future. Hear from a Seneca Elder, learn about the origins of the dairy industry in the Midwest, and listen as Gale Woods Farm staff discuss the future of farming.

The Three Rivers Blog

June 15, 2020

Learn all about Minnesota's largest turtle, from the long list of things they eat to the huge number of eggs they can lay at once to what you can do to help protect them.

June 01, 2020

Foraging has become more popular as people are looking for local native plants to add to their diets for health and economic reasons. However, many public land agencies, including Three Rivers, have a variety of restrictions on foraging or collecting natural objects. Read on to learn why foraging isn't allowed in the parks and how you can help continue to protect natural resources.

May 04, 2020

Many of our staff at the Outdoor Recreation School got their first taste of exploration through adventure books. Read on to see their favorite tales of wilderness survival and outdoor adventure.

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