1 Family nature walk
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, July 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join a refuge naturalist for a family-friendly walk through the Long Meadow Lake Unit, one of the only open areas on the heavily flooded refuge. For the latest information and updates: www.fws.org/refuge/Minnesota_Valley.
2 Lake Superior Day celebration
Gooseberry Falls State Park, July 20, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
This daylong celebration includes a menu of naturalist-led activities, from scenic hikes to kid-friendly art activities and wildlife education. Attend a special program on Lake Superior shipwrecks in the evening. More information: 1-218-834-3855; www.mndnr.gov.
3 Intro to kayak rolling
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, July 22 and 29, 6-8 p.m.,
Get comfortable tipping a kayak and learn how to roll it back up again. Beginning kayak skills required. Equipment provided. Ages 14-plus. $60 for two sessions. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.
4 Smokey Bear Day
Itasca State Park, July 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday with DNR firefighters and park staff. This kid-friendly event includes photo opportunities with Smokey and displays of equipment used by firefighters who fight wildland fires. More information: 1-218-699-7251; www.mndnr.gov.
5 Stress-relieving rafting trip
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, July 25, from 6-9 p.m.
Explore the Mississippi’s quiet backwaters and islands during this naturalist-led rafting tour. All experience levels welcome. Paddling and lifting required. Equipment and shuttle provided. Ages 18-plus. $35. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.