1 Mushroom identification basics
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Aug. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Learn how to identify mushrooms safely and correctly from John Lamprecht, president of the Minnesota Mycological Association. More information: 1-218-834-3855 or www.mndnr.gov/ ptcalendar.
2 Summer birding
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Aug. 16, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Louisville Swamp Unit for a naturalist-led hike along the western edge of the Refuge. The group will look for warblers including eastern kingbirds and eastern meadowlarks. Bring binoculars. More information: www.fws.org/refuge/minnesota_valley.
3 Intro to trail running
Lake Bemidji State Park, Aug. 16, 9-9:30 a.m.
Join local trail runner Cris Bitker for a low-key lesson on trail running. Learn about proper technique and footwear before hitting the park's trails for a group run. Come dressed in standard running gear and shoes. All levels welcome. Ages 12-plus. More information: 218-308-2300 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.
4 Stand-up paddleboard lesson
Cleary Lake Regional Park, Aug. 16, 4-6 p.m.
Take a beginner's course on stand-up paddleboarding before setting out to explore Cleary Lake (in Prior Lake). Ages 14-plus. Equipment provided. $35. Registration required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threerivers parks.org.
5 Archery in the parks
William O'Brien State Park, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon
Meet at the picnic grounds for a free archery lesson with a certified instructor. Equipment provided. Ages 8-plus. More information: 651-433-0500 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.com.