1 Bird banding
Eastman Nature Center, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-noon
Get a close-up look at wild songbirds as they are safely trapped, studied, banded and released by biologists. Bonus: Eventgoers will leave this event with improved birding skills. More information: www.three riversparks.org.
2 How to survive
Whitewater State Park, Nov. 2, 1-3 p.m.
You're lost in the wilds of the Whitewater Valley. It's getting dark. You're cold and wet. What would you do? Take home some tips on surviving life-threatening situations like this one. 507-932-3007 or www.mndnr.gov.
3 Geocaching 101
Fort Snelling State Park, Nov. 2, 1-3 p.m.
What the heck is geocaching? At this event, participants will learn how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) device to find treasures hidden throughout the park — aka geocaching. GPS devices provided. Registration required; 612-725-2724 or www.mndnr.gov.
4 Map and compass 101
Fort Snelling State Park, Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m.
For those who prefer low-tech recreation for themselves and their kids: Learn the old-fashioned skill of navigating the wilds with a simple compass. Participants will then be challenged to combine their new compass skills with map reading for an old-fashioned exercise in orienteering. 612-725-2724 or www.mndnr.gov.
5 Guided tour for veterans
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Nov. 6, 2-2:45 p.m.
Veterans of all abilities are invited for this pictorial tour of Gooseberry Falls State Park. This narrated slideshow will be followed by a short, comfortable stroll on the park's paved trails. Meet in the Visitor Center Theater. Wheelchairs available for checkout. 218-834-3855 or www.mndnr.gov.