Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine CoveIf you haven’t heard about our Minnesota’s amazing nature programs then it’s time to get educated. There are LOADS of neat park programs going on throughout the summer. Below is a list we’ve compiled to give you a taste of what you can find, but be sure to check out park websites for complete details.

Belwin Conservancy (Afton MN) – Buffalo Release – See a herd of buffalo released to their summer grazing fields

Buffalo River State Park (Glyndon MN)– Prairie Preschool- For ages 2-6. Every Thursday 10:30-11:30am

Carl Kroening Interpretive Center (Minneapolis MN) – Free Family Fun Days and Urban Backyard Birds

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park (New Prague MN) – Family Fishing – Learn about fish, equipment, bait and more. Family Archery

Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake MN) – Family Archery – Learn the basics of shooting safely and accurately

Eastman Nature Center (Osseo MN) – Monarch Caterpillar Monitor Volunteer Training. Owl in The Yard

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center (Eden Prairie MN) – Curious George Camp, Dinosaur Camp

Fort Snelling State Park (St Paul MN) – Campfire Tales – join a park naturalist for tall tales and silly songs around a campfire. Summer Flower Walk

Frontenac State Park (Frontenac MN) – Nature Hike-A Family Friendly guided nature hike with a volunteer naturalist.

Gale Woods Farm (Minnetrista MN) – Saturday Mornings on the Farm – Explore the barn, meet the animals and help a farmer with chores

Glacial Lakes State Park (Starbuck MN) – Geocaching-Guide to High-Tech Treasure Hunting

Gooseberry Falls State Park  – (Two Harbors MN) – Take a Walk on the Wild Side- Take a walk with a naturalist

Interstate State Park  – (Taylors Falls MN) Pothole Exploration Tours. Little Explorers for Age 3-6- Through stories, activities and a craft learn about a new letter each week. Make and Take a Rock Station – Make a unique rock with the park naturalist. Universe in the Park – An introduction to galaxies and nebulae

Lake Bemidji State Park (Bemidji MN) – Bog-Watcher Sundays – A naturalist will be roving the boardwalk to help you locate the flowers of the bog. Performing Arts on Stage Sundays- Bring a picnic for lunch by the lake and then enjoy music under the pines

Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Lake Elmo MN) – Campfire Programs; Every Saturday at 7:15pm with a different topic every week

The Landing (Shakopee MN) – Guided Walking Tours: Costumed guides. Visit a fur-trade post, farmstead and other buildings

Lebanon Hills Regional Park  – (Eagan MN) – Free Forever Wild Family Fridays – different family programming every Friday. Knee High Naturalist Programs – Held on Saturdays once a month, different topic each month. Full Moon Hike for Families. Parent Child Canoe

Lowry Nature Center (Victoria MN) – Raptors in the Yard – Meet captive raptors and learn about these amazing birds of pray

Maplewood Nature Center  – (Maplewood MN) – Peer into the Pond – Catch and identify snails and minnows. Free! Turtle Picnic. Firefly Magic – Night Hike

Maplewood State Park (Pelican Rapids MN) – Plant a Pocket of Prairie – Learn about prairie grasses and make a craft to take home

Minneopa State Park (Mankato MN) – MN Zoomobile with Live animals, storytelling and audience participation

Richardson Nature Center (Bloomington MN) – Free Family Fun Days. Full Moon Hike for Families

Sibley State Park (New London MN) – Become Fluent in Loon!

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (Two Harbors MN) – Shipwrecks of the North Shore – Hear the icy tale of the infamous Maatafa Blow Storm. Owls of Minnesota – Learn about owls and take apart an owl pellet

Springbrook Nature Center (Coon Rapids MN) – Dragonfly 101 – Learn about dragonflies. Butterfly Survey

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Hastings MN) – Campfire Programs- Every Saturday at 7:15pm with a different topic every week

Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Lake MN) – Discover! Series. Discovery Walks- Prairie Wildflowers

Tettegouche State Park (Silver Bay MN) – Rock Balancing on the Beach

Whitewater State Park (Altura MN) – Nature Time at the Beach! Programs every day from 1-2pm. Family Outdoor Fair – Learn new outdoor skills with your family. Snakes of the Blufflands – learn about snakes and touch a live snake. Trout Hatchery Tour. Ghost Town Cemetery Field Trip – Visit a ghost town cemetery and learn about the past of the abandoned town of Beaver

Wild River State Park (Center City MN) – Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of MN/WI. For ages 8 and older. Learn about wild plants for food and medicine

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