1 Flatwater kayaking essentials
French Regional Park, May 17, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Get on the water with this beginner's course covering kayaking safety plus proper paddling form and strokes. The 1 p.m. class is geared for women. Equipment provided. Ages 14-plus. $50. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.
2 Wildflower Walk
Wild River State Park, May 17, 10-11:30 a.m.
Discover the blooming beauties of Wild River State Park during a free guided walk in search of springtime flowers. More information: 651-583-2125 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.
3 Minnehaha Creek Canoe
Minnetonka Community Center, May 18 and 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Take an early season tour of this urban creek from Grays Bay Dam to Hopkins Crossroads. Pick up creek paddling tips and enjoy a picnic at the Burwell House along the way. Previous paddling experience required. Ages 12-plus. $30. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.
4 Bird-watching trek
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, May 19, 7-9:30 a.m.
Meet in the main parking area at the Louisville Swamp Unit (in Shakopee) for a naturalist-led walk in search of migratory warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, maybe even a tanager. Bring your binoculars. More information: 952-858-0715 or www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/events.html.
5 Fly-fishing basics
Silverwood Park, May 21, 6-8 p.m.
Everything you need to know to start fly fishing — what equipment is needed, how to cast, what are the different types of flies, how to shoot the line and proper fly presentation. Ages 12-plus. $10. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.