1 Bird-watching trek
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, May 10, 7-9:30 a.m.
Meet at the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center (in Carver) for a naturalist-led walk in search of warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, maybe even a tanager. Bring your binoculars. More information: 952-858-0715 or www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/events.html.
2 Women’s fishing opener
Bryant Lake Regional Park, May 10, 8-11 a.m.
Everything you need to know to start fishing — how to handle various types of fish, how to prepare equipment, what kind of bait to use. All equipment provided, including a daily fishing license. Ages 12-plus. $15. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threerivers parks.org.
3 Adapted archery
Carver Park Reserve, May 10, noon-2 p.m.
Designed for people with disabilities, this beginner’s course comes with all the necessary equipment (including bow stand), plus hands-on instruction from an experienced archer. Ages 8-plus. $8. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.
4 Bird-banding demonstrations
Whitewater State Park, May 11, 12:30-2 p.m.
Join master bird bander Greg Munson for close-up encounters with birds. Eventgoers will have opportunities to handle and release birds that have been caught, studied and banded. More information: 507-932-3007 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.
5 Canoe when the moon is full
Cleary Lake Regional Park, May 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided for this guided group paddle on moonlit waters. Ages 5-plus. $8. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.