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

Dec. 31 | Lowry
Say goodbye to 2017 by roasting marshmallows over a fire you helped build at this free event. 

Dec. 9–Jan. 1 | Various Locations
Looking for ways to ring in the holidays? Make handmade crafts, celebrate the solstice or join a New Year’s hike! Browse all holiday programs at Three Rivers.

Feb. 3 | Lowry
Come celebrate winter! Go mini golfing or kicksledding on the ice, or hit the trails for some snowshoeing. Take part in a scavenger hunt to win prizes!

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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. While you're at it, mark your calendar for our upcoming seasonal 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 seasonally. Opportunities to enhance your experience at the park are available through cell phone audio stops, trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs.

The interpretive area also includes two unique play and exploration areas. "Habitats" is a play area where children can interact with giant flowers and a "beaver lodge" while learning about animals that would live in those habitats (open seasonally April–October). 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.

Sledding Hill

Take a ride down the sledding hill just steps from Lowry. Check conditions before you head out. 

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. 

Volunteering

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