Programs & Events

Registration for programs August 1-September 7 is now open! Take a kayaking lesson, explore history, learn about nature and more. See what's happening at your favorite park or browse all programs below.

Baker | Baker Outdoor Learning Center | Bryant Lake | CarverCleary Lake | Crow-Hassan | Dakota Rail Regional TrailEastman Nature Center | Elm CreekFish Lake | French | Gale Woods FarmHyland Lake | Lake RebeccaLowry Nature Center | Mississippi Gateway | Murphy-HanrehanRichardson Nature Center | Silverwood | The Landing

All Upcoming Programs

Baker Park Reserve

Baker Outdoor Learning Center

Thursday, July 30: Family Campfire Fun 
Thursday, August 6: Family Campfire Fun 
Thursday, August 13: Family Campfire Fun 
Monday-Tuesday, August 17-18: Archery and Outdoors Camp 
Thursday, August 27: Family Campfire Fun
Sunday, September 13: Beat Back Invasives
Sunday, October 11: Beat Back Invasives

Bryant Lake Regional Park

Friday, July 31: Family Fishing
Sunday, August 2: Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson 
Tuesday, August 4: 50+ Adventures: Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson 
Saturday, August 29: Family Kayaking 
Monday, August 31: KidSplash: Introduction to Stand-up Paddleboarding 

Carver Park Reserve

Saturday, August 1: Canoe When the Moon Is Full 
Saturday, August 8: Family Archery 
Friday, August 14: 50+ Adventures: Archery 
Saturday, September 5: Morning Canoe on Lake Auburn

Lowry Nature Center

Saturday, August 1: Exploring the Pond (drop in 9:30-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 2: A Prairie Fun Time (drop in 1-3 PM)
Monday, August 3: This Week in Nature 
Saturday, August 8: Laura's Adventures: Prairie Explore 
Monday, August 10: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Explorers 
Monday, August 10: This Week in Nature 
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 11-12: Bring Your Grownup on a Treasure Hunt 
Tuesday-Thursday, August 11-13: My Child & Me Camp: Fairies and Gnomes 
Tuesday-Friday, August 11-14: Advanced Art and Nature Photography Camp 
Thursday-Friday, August 13-14: Bring Your Grownup on a Treasure Hunt 
Sunday, August 16: Prairie Sketch and Seek 
Sunday, August 16: Raptors Up Close (drop in 2-4 PM)
Monday, August 17: This Week in Nature 
Tuesday-Thursday, August 18-20: Bike, Hike, Fish and Canoe Camp 
Wednesday-Friday, August 19-21: My Child & Me Camp: Dinosaurs 
Saturday, August 22: Hunting for Sasquatch and Other Elusive Creatures 
Sunday, August 23: Biking for Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Monday, August 24: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Explorers 
Monday, August 24: This Week in Nature 
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 25-26: Shelters and Fires Camp 
Thursday-Friday, August 27-28: Shelters and Fires Camp 
Saturday, August 29: Monarch Migration 
Sunday, August 30: Introduction to Nature Photography 
Monday, August 31: This Week in Nature 
Monday, September 7: Peeking at Pond Water (drop in 9-11 AM)
Thursday, September 17: Prairie Seed Collection 

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Thursday, August 6: Healthy Hour for Families 
Friday, August 7: Geocaching for Dance Moves 
Saturday, August 15: Flatwater Kayaking Essentials 
Sunday, August 16: Family Archery 
Thursday, August 20: Healthy Hour for Adults 
Tuesday, August 25: Family Kayaking 
Friday, August 28: Family Adventure Camp 
Monday, August 31: Try It: Fishing 

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Monday, August 3: Walk When the Moon is Full 
Friday, August 14: Prairie Ramble 
Tuesday, August 18: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, August 22: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, August 22: Monarch Tagging in the Prairie 
Tuesday, August 25: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, August 29: Prairie Seed Collection 
Thursday, September 3: Prairie Seed Collection
Monday, September 7: Monarch Tagging in the Prairie
Saturday, September 12: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, September 26: Prairie Seed Collection 
Tuesday, October 6: Prairie Seed Collection 
Tuesday, October 13: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, October 17: Prairie Seed Collection 

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Tuesday, August 4: Biking through History: Lake Minnetonka in the Gilded Age 
Tuesday, August 25: Biking through History: Lake Minnetonka in the Gilded Age 

Two women bike over a wooden bridge.

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15: BreakAway Kids Triathlon

Eastman Nature Center

Thursday, July 30: Picnic Blanket Program: Bumblebee Photo Survey 
Thursday, July 30: Build a Water Rocket  
Friday, July 31: Picnic Blanket Program: Butterfly and Moth Discovery with Freddy the Fox 
Saturday, August 1: Creek Exploration 
Sunday, August 2: Pond Puddling (drop in 1-3 PM)
Monday, August 3: Hike with a Naturalist 
Sunday, August 9: Turtles in the Front Yard (drop in 1-2:30 PM)
Monday, August 10: Hike with a Naturalist 
Friday, August 14: Picnic Blanket Program: Outdoor Puppet Show 
Friday, August 14: Picnic Blanket Program: Nature Trivia 
Sunday, August 16: Pond Puddling (drop in 1-3 PM)
Monday, August 17: Hike with a Naturalist 
Wednesday-Thursday, August 19-20: Summer Fun Family Camp 
Sunday, August 23: Monarch Tagging 
Tuesday-Thursday, August 25-27: Lights, Camera, Nature! Family Camp 
Friday, August 28: Picnic Blanket Program: Outdoor Puppet Show 
Sunday, August 30: Monarch Tagging
Saturday, September 5: Become a Nature Photographer
Tuesday, September 8: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, October 10: Prairie Seed Collection 

Fish Lake Regional Park

Friday, July 31: Teen Adventures: Stand-up Paddleboarding  
Monday, August 3: Flatwater Kayaking Essentials 
Sunday, August 9: Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson 
Tuesday, August 18: Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson 
Tuesday, August 25: Try It: Fishing 
Friday, August 28: Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson 
Friday, August 28: Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson for Women 

A man and his daughter fish off a pier.

French Regional Park

Sunday, August 23: Geocaching for Dance Moves 
Friday, August 28: Family Archery 

Gale Woods Farm

Saturday, August 1: Farm Tours 
Saturday, August 8: Farm Tours 
Saturday, August 15: Farm Tours 
Tuesday, August 18: My Preschooler & Me: Wooly Wonders 
Wednesday, August 19: Fiber Fun Tours 
Saturday, August 22: Farm Tours 
Tuesday, August 25: My Preschooler & Me: Insect Exploration 
Wednesday, August 26: Garden Exploration Tours 
Saturday, August 29: Farm Tours 

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Saturday, August 8: Flatwater Kayaking Essentials for Women 
Sunday, August 16: Try It: Fishing 
Monday & Wednesday, August 17 &19: Dryland Cross-country Ski Series 
Friday, August 21: Flatwater Kayaking Essentials 
Saturday, August 22: Family Slacklining 
Friday, August 28: Canoe Tour of Hyland Lake 

Two women kayak on a lake.

Hyland Hills

Wednesday, August 5: Movie on the Hill: Frozen 2
Wednesday, August 12: Music on the Hill: The Good, The Bad and the Funky

Richardson Nature Center

Saturday, August 1: Family Self-guided Insect Collecting in the Prairie 
Sunday, August 2: Free Family Fun Day: Nature Art (drop in 2-4 PM)
Monday-Tuesday, August 3-4: Nature's Adventures Camp 
Saturday, August 8: Family Self-guided Pond Exploration 
Sunday, August 9: Free Family Fun Day: Summer Digital Scavenger Hunt (drop in 2-4 PM)
Monday-Tuesday, August 10-11: My Child & Me Camp: Beetles, Butterflies and Backswimmers 
Thursday-Friday, August 13-14: My Child & Me Camp: Beetles, Butterflies and Backswimmers 
Saturday, August 15: Family Minnesota Raptors 
Sunday, August 16: Free Family Fun Day: Monarch Butterflies (drop in 2-4 PM)
Saturday, August 22: Family Self-guided Pond Exploration 
Sunday, August 23: Free Family Fun Day: Meet the Amphibians (drop in 2-4 PM)
Monday-Tuesday, August 24-25: My Child & Me Camp: Forts and Nature Play 
Thursday-Friday, August 27-28: My Child & Me Camp: Forts and Nature Play 
Saturday, August 29: Family Self-guided Monarch Tagging and Insect Collecting
Sunday, August 30: Free Family Fun Day: Feathered Friends (drop in 2-4 PM)
Saturday, September 5: Family Self-guided Monarch Tagging and Insect Collecting
Sunday, September 6: Free Family Fun Day: Hike with a Naturalist (drop in 3-4 PM)
Monday, September 7: Family Self-guided Monarch Tagging and Insect Collecting
Tuesday, September 22: Prairie Seed Collection 

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Friday, August 21: Family Canoeing 

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

Friday, July 31: Natural Bug Spray  
Saturday, August 1: Catch a Crayfish 
Sunday, August 2: Free Family Fun Day: Rocks, Rocks, Rocks (drop in 1-3 PM)
Tuesday, August 4: Meet the Animal Ambassadors (drop in 6:30-7:30 PM)
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 4-5: My Child & Me Camp: Park Adventures - H2O Yeah! 
Thursday, August 6: Park Puppet Theater 
Thursday-Friday, August 6-7: My Child & Me Camp: Park Adventures - Bugs, Bugs, Everywhere! 
Saturday, August 8: Escape Room - Without Walls 
Sunday, August 9: Free Family Fun Day: Nature Photography 102 (drop in 1-3 PM)
Monday-Tuesday, August 10-11: My Child & Me Camp: Park Adventures - Survival 
Wednesday, August 12: Meet the Animal Ambassadors (drop in 6:30-7:30 PM)
Thursday, August 13: Nature on Tap 
Thursday-Friday, August 13-14: My Child & Me Camp: Park Adventures - Wildlife Investigations 
Friday, August 14: Escape Room - Without Walls 
Saturday, August 15: Dragonfly Discovery 
Sunday, August 16: Free Family Fun Day: Story Book Walk (drop in 1-3 PM)
Tuesday, August 18: Introduction to Archery for Adults 
Wednesday-Thursday, August 19-20: My Child & Me Camp: Park Adventures - Art in Nature 
Saturday, August 22: Dragonfly 101 
Sunday, August 23: Free Family Fun Day: Insect Investigations (drop in 1-3 PM)
Saturday, August 29: Family Archery 
Sunday, August 30: Geocaching: Mystery Animal 
Saturday, September 5: Escape Room – Without Walls 
Sunday, September 6: Free Family Fun Day: Scampering Squirrels (drop in 1-3 PM)
Monday, September 7: Hike with a Naturalist

A man shows his two sons something he found in the water as they wade in the Mississippi River.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Tuesday, September 1: Prairie Seed Collection 
Saturday, September 19: Prairie Seed Collection 
Thursday, October 1: Prairie Seed Collection 

Silverwood Park

Thursday, July 30: Canoe with a Naturalist 
Friday, July 31: My Child & Me: Eco Art 
Tuesday, August 4: Sunset Yoga 
Wednesday, August 5: Try It: Fishing 
Thursday, August 6: SPARK! Art and Nature for People Living with Memory Loss and Their Care Partners 
Friday, August 7: Date Night 
Saturday, August 8: Sculpture Trail Tour 
Saturday, August 8: Ceramic Workshop: Nature Inspired Clay 
Sunday, August 9: Ned's Puppet Adventures and Ask a Naturalist 
Sunday, August 9: Collaborative Chalk Mural 
Mondays, August 10-24: Reimagining Environmental Writing Series 
Tuesday, August 11: Sunset Yoga 
Thursday, August 13: In the Park after Dark 
Friday, August 14: My Child & Me: Eco Art 
Saturdays, August 15-29: Inspiration Everywhere: Poetry Influenced by Nature 
Tuesday, August 18: Watercolors in the Park 
Tuesday, August 18: Sunset Yoga 
Wednesday, August 19: Family Clay for Adult and Child 
Tuesday, August 25: Sunset Yoga 
Thursday, August 27: Beginner Woodcarving 
Friday, August 28: My Child & Me: Eco Art
Tuesday, September 1: Sunset Yoga
Friday, September 4: My Child & Me: Eco Art
Friday, September 4: Date Night

The Landing

Thursday, July 30: Meet the Farm Animals 
Friday, July 31: Meet the Farm Animals 
Saturday, August 1: Sketchy History 
Sunday, August 2: Archaeology in the Park 
Monday, August 3: Monday is Wash Day! (drop in 1-4 PM)
Tuesday, August 4: Family Journey to Minnesota 
Wednesday, August 5: Blacksmithing at the Farm (drop in noon-4 PM)
Thursday, August 6: Meet the Farm Animals
Friday, August 7: Family Journey to Minnesota 
Saturday, August 8: Eat Your Weeds! 
Sunday, August 9: Parks and Petals: Garden Walk 
Monday, August 10: Vexillology: The Study of Flags 
Friday, August 14: Family Journey to Minnesota 
Saturday, August 15: Biking through History: Bricks and Beer Tour 
Sunday, August 16: Blacksmithing at the Farm (drop in noon-4 PM)
Monday, August 17: Monday is Wash Day! (drop in 1-4 PM)
Tuesday, August 18: Family Journey to Minnesota 
Wednesday, August 19: Sketchy History 
Friday, August 21: Meet the Farm Animals 
Sunday, August 23: Family Journey to Minnesota 
Monday, August 24: Fishing the Minnesota River 
Tuesday, August 25: Archaeology in the Park 
Wednesday, August 26: Meet the Farm Animals 
Thursday, August 27: Meet the Farm Animals 
Thursday, August 27: Sketchy History 
Friday, August 28: Eat Your Weeds! 
Saturday, August 29: Family Journey to Minnesota 
Sunday, August 30: Parks and Petals: Garden Walk 
Monday, August 31: Monday is Wash Day! (drop in 1-4 PM)

Lambs graze on grass.

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