Programs & Events

Registration for September programs is open! October program registration opens Sept. 23. 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 | Carver | Cedar LakeCleary Lake | Crow-Hassan | Dakota Rail Regional TrailEastman Nature Center | Elm Creek | Fish LakeFrench | Gale Woods Farm | Hyland HillsHyland Lake | Lake Minnetonka | Lake RebeccaLowry Nature Center | Mississippi Gateway | Murphy-Hanrehan | Noerenberg GardensRichardson Nature Center | Silverwood | Sochacki | Spring LakeThe Landing | Programs at Multiple Parks

All Upcoming Programs

Baker Park Reserve

Baker Outdoor Learning Center

Friday-Sunday, September 25-27: Fall Cabin Camping
Sunday, September 27: Campfire Cookout: Brunch Addition 
Thursday, October 1: How to Guide Outdoor Learning Experiences for Your Middle Schooler 
Friday-Saturday, October 2-4: Firearms Safety for Youth 
Monday, October 5: Scouts Drop-off: Archery 
Tuesdays, October 6-27: Afterschool Drop-off Series: Nature Club 
Wednesday, October 7: Outdoor Skills for Beginners 
Thursdays, October 8-29: Emerging Leaders Series for Teens 
Friday, October 9: Homeschool Drop-off: Survival and Navigation 
Sunday, October 11: Beat Back Invasives 
Wednesday, October 14: Outdoor Skills for Beginners 
Friday-Saturday, October 16-18: Fall Cabin Camping 
Wednesday, October 21: Outdoor Skills for Beginners 
Sunday, October 25: Girl Scouts Drop-off: Juniors - Geocacher Badge 
Wednesday, October 28: Outdoor Skills for Beginners 

A small log cabin in the woods in the fall.

Bryant Lake Regional Park

Carver Park Reserve

Sunday, October 4: 50+ Adventures: Archery
Sunday, October 11: Fall Color Canoe on Lake Auburn

Lowry Nature Center

Monday, September 21: Homeschool at Lowry
Wednesday, September 23: Homeschool at Lowry
Saturday, September 26: Fall Forest Sketch and Seek
Sunday, September 27: Off-trail Adventure for People on the Autism Spectrum
Monday, September 28: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Explorers
Monday, September 28: Homeschool at Lowry
Wednesday, September 30: Homeschool at Lowry 
Sunday, October 4: Easy Leaf Identification
Monday, October 5: Homeschool at Lowry
Tuesday, October 6: Nature Arts Make and Take
Wednesday, October 7: Homeschool at Lowry
Friday, October 9: Saw-Whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 10: Saw-Whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 10: Outdoor Art
Monday, October 12: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Explorers
Monday, October 12: Homeschool at Lowry
Wednesday, October 14: Homeschool at Lowry
Saturday, October 17: Bird Banding
Sunday, October 18: Raptors Up Close
Sunday, October 18: Rock Monsters
Monday, October 19: Homeschool at Lowry
Tuesday, October 20: Nature Arts Make and Take
Wednesday, October 21: Homeschool at Lowry
Saturday, October 24: Enchanted Halloween Trail
Sunday, October 25: Fire Building for People on the Autism Spectrum
Monday, October 26: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Explorers
Monday, October 26: Homeschool at Lowry
Wednesday, October 28: Homeschool at Lowry
Saturday, October 31: Trick-or-Treat Geocaching 

A hawk sits on a perch outside a nature center.

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park

Sunday, September 27: Family Archery

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Monday, September 28: Talking Trash: Wastebasket Archaeology 
Friday, October 2: Canoe When the Moon is Full
Mondays, October 5-26: Fall Hiking Club
Wednesdays, October 7-28: Outdoor Adventure Club for Youth 
Saturday, October 10: Fall Colors Kayak Tour
Thursday, October 15: Healthy Hour for Families
Saturday, October 24: Family Archery
Thursday, October 29: Healthy Hour
Saturday, October 31: Spooky Geocaching 

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

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, September 22: Biking through History: Lake Minnetonka in the Gilded Age
Thursday, October 1: Biking through History: Lake Minnetonka in the Gilded Age
Thursday, October 8: Biking through History: Lake Minnetonka in the Gilded Age

Two women bike over a wooden bridge.

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Saturday, October 3: Family Archery

Eastman Nature Center

Tuesdays, September 22-November 24: Homeschool Drop-off Series: Nature Expressions
Thursdays, September 24-October 29: Preschool Drop-off Series: Kits & Cubs
Thursday, September 24: Women, Woods and Wine Hike
Saturday, September 26: Honey Extraction: Learn It, Try It and Take Some Home
Sunday, September 27: My Preschooler & Me: Nature Play
Tuesday, September 29: My Preschooler & Me: Bookworms Story Hour
Saturday, October 10: Prairie Seed Collection 
Monday, October 5: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Meet the Animal Neighbors
Tuesdays, October 6-27: Afterschool Drop-off Series: Nature Club
Wednesday, October 7: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Exploration Stations for Adult and Child
Thursday, October 8: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Favorite Trails Hike
Friday, October 9: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Sensational Senses and Bonfire
Saturday, October 10: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Fall Scavenger Hunt and Leaf Art
Sunday, October 11: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Historical Neighbors
Sunday, October 11: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Nature Center: Shelter Building
Monday, October 12: Girl Scouts: Brownies - Outdoor Adventurer
Friday, October 16: Picnic Blanket Program: Outdoor Puppet Show
Monday, October 19: Homeschool: Gall Expedition
Tuesday, October 20: Homeschool: Gall Expedition
Thursday, October 22: Women, Woods and Wine Hike
Saturday, October 24: Not So Spooky Mystery
Wednesday, October 28: My Preschooler & Me: Bookworms Story Hour

Fish Lake Regional Park

French Regional Park

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 8-October 29: GreenFit Club 
Thursday, Sept. 24: Homeschool Drop-off: Outdoor Adventure
Thursday, October 1: Homeschool Drop-off: Outdoor Adventures
Friday, October 2: Geocaching Under the Full Moon
Saturday, October 3: Family Outdoor Adventures
Sunday, October 4: Outdoor Skills Workshops for Women
Thursday, October 8: Family Projectiles of the Past
Thursday, October 8: Family Outdoor Adventures
Thursday, October 8: Homeschool Drop-off: Outdoor Adventures
Sunday, October 11: Outdoor Skills Workshops for Women
Thursday, October 15: Teen Adventures: Hatchet Throwing
Thursday, October 15: Homeschool Drop-off: Outdoor Adventures
Saturday, October 17: Family Outdoor Adventures
Sunday, October 18: Outdoor Skills Workshops for Women
Thursday, October 22: Family Outdoor Adventures
Sunday, October 25: Outdoor Skills Workshops for Women
Thursday, October 29: Homeschool Drop-off: Outdoor Adventures
Friday, October 30: Spooky Geocaching under the Full Moon

Gale Woods Farm

Monday, September 21: My Preschooler & Me
Thursday, September 24: Wagon Ride and Bonfire 
Friday, September 25: Sheepherding, Farm Tours and Wagon Rides
Saturday, September 26: Sheepherding, Farm Tours and Wagon Rides
Saturday, September 26: Cooking Challenge: The Mystery Bag
Monday, September 28: My Preschooler & Me
Tuesday, September 29: Family Gardening Day  
Saturday, October 3: Cooking Challenge: The Mystery Bag
Monday, October 5: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades
Monday, October 5: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades
Tuesday, October 6: Family Farm Photography Tour
Thursday, October 8: Wagon Ride and Bonfire
Saturday, October 10: Sheep to Felted Luminary 
Saturday, October 10: Cooking Challenge: The Mystery Bag
Monday, October 12: My Preschooler & Me
Tuesday, October 13: Family Harvest Day
Thursday, October 15: Family Wagon Rides
Saturday, October 17: Saori Weaving 
Saturday, October 17: Cooking Challenge: The Mystery Bag
Monday, October 19: My Preschooler & Me
Tuesday, October 20: Wagon Ride and Bonfire
Wednesday, October 21: Family Farm Photography Tour
Saturday, October 24: Needle Felted Animals
Monday, October 26: My Preschooler & Me
Wednesday, October 28: Family Wagon Rides
Friday, October 30: Art Felting 

A girl smiles as she walks a llama through a farm pasture.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Mondays & Thursdays, September 10-October 29: GreenFit Club
Thursday, September 24: Fall Colors Kayak Tour for Women 
Wednesday, October 7: Women's Archery
Friday, October 9: Fall Colors Kayak Tour
Sunday, October 25: Family Projectiles of the Past

Two women kayak on a lake.

Hyland Hills Ski Area

Saturday, October 10: Chairlift Rides

Richardson Nature Center

Tuesday, September 22: Prairie Seed Collection
Saturday, September 26: Family Self-guided Pond Exploration
Sunday, September 27: Free Family Fun Days 
Thursday, October 1: Lantern-lit Trails
Saturday, October 3: Apple Cidering
Sunday, October 4: Free Family Fun Days
Tuesdays, October 6-27: Preschool Drop-off Series: Kits & Cubs
Wednesdays, October 7-28: Preschool Drop-off Series: Kits & Cubs
Thursday, October 8: Lantern-lit Trails
Saturday, October 10: S'mores Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 11: Free Family Fun Days
Thursday, October 15: Lantern-lit Trails
Thursday, October 15: My Preschooler & Me
Friday, October 16: Animals in the Amphitheater
Saturday, October 17: Apple Cidering
Sunday, October 18: Free Family Fun Days
Thursday, October 22: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades
Sunday, October 25: Free Family Fun Days
Saturday, October 31: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Friday, October 9: Fall Colors Canoe Tour

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

Monday, September 21: Family Fishing
Thursday, September 24: Twilight Beaver Hike
Thursday, September 24: Homeschool: Mussel Investigations
Thursday, September 24: Boy Scouts: Archery
Friday, September 25: Scouts: Bird Study
Sunday, September 27: Free Family Fun Days 
Thursday, October 1: Walk When the Moon Is Full: Harvest Moon
Thursday, October 1: Park Puppet Theater
Saturday, October 3: Escape Room - Without Walls
Sunday, October 4: Free Family Fun Days
Thursday, October 8: Nature on Tap
Friday, October 9: Homeschool: Use a Rock Saw
Saturday, October 10: Family Archery
Wednesday, October 14: Glow in the Dark Geocaching
Sunday, October 18: Free Family Fun Days
Tuesday, October 27: Girl Scouts: Brownies - Outdoor Adventurer
Saturday, October 31: Trick-or-Treat Geocaching

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

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Thursday, October 1: Prairie Seed Collection 

Noerenberg Gardens

Tuesday, October 6: Noerenberg History Walk
Saturday, October 10: Noerenberg History Walk - Extended Tour

Silverwood Park

Tuesday, September 22: Make and Mingle: Horizon
Saturday, September 26: Field Trip
Tuesday, September 29: My Child & Me: Eco Art
Tuesday, September 29: Sunset Yoga
Wednesdays, September 30-October 28: Nature Sound Recording and Design for Teens 
Saturday, September 26: Explore Volunteering
Thursday, October 1: Date Night
Friday, October 2: Dance Performance: Due South of You
Friday, October 2: Date Night
Friday, October 2: My Child & Me: Eco Art
Saturday, October 3: Teen Adventures: Firebuilding and Charcoal Drawing
Tuesdays, October 6-27: My Preschooler & Me: Acorn Club
Tuesday, October 6: Sunset Yoga
Wednesday, October 7: Family Clay for Adult and Child
Wednesday, October 7: Makers Circle
Thursday, October 8: Gallery Receptions
Thursday, October 8: SPARK! Art and Nature for People Living with Memory Loss and Their Care Partners
Saturday, October 10: Sculpture Trail Tour
Saturdays, October 10 October 24: Inspiration Everywhere: Poetry Inspired by Nature Series
Tuesday, October 13: My Child & Me: Eco Art
Tuesday, October 13: Sunset Yoga
Thursday, October 15: In the Park After Dark
Thursdays, October 15-29: Woodcarving Series for Beginners
Friday, October 16: My Child & Me: Eco Art
Saturday, October 17: Digging in Clay: Handbuilding Workshop for Kids
Sunday, October 18: Ned's Puppet Adventures and Ask a Naturalist
Tuesday, October 20: Sunset Yoga
Sunday, October 25: Pumpkin Carving
Mondays, October 26-November 30: Ceramic Handbuilding Series for Intermediate Students
Tuesday, October 27: Sunset Yoga
Wednesday, October 28: Art When the Moon is Full: Blue Hunter's Moon
Thursday, October 29: Teen Night

A young girl in a tiger costume helps carve a large pumpkin.

Sochacki Park

Saturday, September 26: Fat Bike Sampler and Nature Hike 
Tuesday, October 13: Survival Skills
Thursday, October 15: Survival Skills
Saturday, October 24: Out Looking for Birds

Spring Lake Regional Park

Saturday, September 26: Bike Tour 
Thursday, October 1: Healthy Hour
Sunday, October 11: Fall Colors Geocaching
Monday, October 19: Adventures in Nordic Walking

The Landing

Tuesday, September 22: My Preschooler & Me
Friday, September 25: Family Apple Fun
Saturday, September 26: Candlelit Tours
Saturday, September 26: Family Apple Fun
Sunday, September 27: Yesterday's Leftovers: Archaeology and Food
Tuesday, September 29: My Preschooler & Me
Wednesday, September 30: Family Apple Fun 
Saturday, October 3: Meet the Farm Animals
Sunday, October 4: Sketchy History - Art in the Park
Tuesday, October 6: My Preschooler & Me
Wednesday, October 7: Family Apple Fun
Friday, October 9: Family Apple Fun
Saturday, October 10: Biking through History: Bricks and Beer Tour
Tuesday, October 13: My Preschooler & Me
Wednesday, October 14: Family Journey to Minnesota
Thursday, October 15: From Felting to Finery
Sunday, October 18: From Felting to Finery
Tuesday, October 20: My Preschooler & Me
Friday, October 23: Family Journey to Minnesota
Tuesday, October 27: My Preschooler & Me
Wednesday, October 28: Family Journey to Minnesota 

Multiple Parks

Wednesdays, September 23–October 28: Bike Club for Youth