1 Winter trails day
Fort Snelling State Park, Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Part of a national series, this event is designed to give novices a free taste of winter recreation. Try a naturalist-guided hike or take a stab at ice sculpting. Learn how to skijorn, winter camp or build a quinzee (a k a a snow shelter). Free equipment rental provided or bring your own. More information: 612-725-2724 or www.mndnr.gov.
2 Candlelight ski
St. Croix State Park, Jan. 11, 5-8 p.m.
Let your gliding be guided by hundreds of luminaries, specially placed to light 2 miles of beginner-friendly ski trails. Minnesota Ski Pass required for skiers ages 16-plus. Purchase a day pass beforehand for $6 or buy an annual pass for $20. More information: 1-320-384-6591 or www.mndnr.gov.
3 Guided snowshoe hike
Elm Creek Park Reserve, Jan. 12, 1-2:30 p.m.
Learn about the history and the types of snowshoes. Then strap on a rented pair (of the modern lightweight variety) for a naturalist-led trek in search of animal tracks in the park. Ages 6-plus. $5. Reservations required; 763-559-6700 or www.threeriversparks.org.
4 Full moon owl hike
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Jan. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
January is courtship time for great horned owls. Join a naturalist to learn more about owls while searching the park for signs of these nocturnal creatures. Ages 6-plus. $5. More information: www.threerivers parks.org.
5 Hike with a ranger
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join a ranger for a guided exploration of the refuge's Louisville Swamp Unit, near Shakopee. Participants are asked to help with wildlife observations, the collection of nature phenology data and some light trail maintenance. Ages 14-plus. Reservation required; www.surveymonkey.com/s/RangerHike2014.