Full-moon fever

Various parks, Friday-Saturday

 

Here is a list of some of the activities and their locations:

• Hike, 6-7 p.m. Friday, Sibley State Park. Hear stories about the stars. (1-320-354-2055, mndnr.gov)

• Walk, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Eastman Nature Center. The sights, sounds and scents of nature at night. (763-694-7700, threeriversparks.org)

• Walk, 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Lowry Nature Center (763-694-7650)

• Geocaching, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Silverwood Park. In search of s’mores. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.

• Walk, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Richardson Nature Center. Head out with naturalist. (763-694-7676)

Track tundra swans

Whitewater State Park, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday

 

In November, thousands of migrating tundra swans stop at the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on their way to Chesapeake Bay. Join a naturalist for a short presentation at the visitor center. Then, caravan through the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area to Weaver Bottoms on the Mississippi River to observe tundra swans. Binoculars, spotting scopes and handouts are available. (1-507-312-2308, mndnr.gov)

On bisons

Minneopa State Park, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday

 

Celebrate National Bison Day and hear a talk about North America’s largest mammal. Minneopa State Park currently has 15 bison as part of the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd, an effort to help preserve the genetics of the American Plains bison. Meet at the group campground, just off Hwy. 68. (1-507-384-8890, mndnr.gov)

Language of birds

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, –1 p.m. Saturday

 

What the birds are telling us about our surroundings? The program splits between the classroom and outdoors. (952-854-5900, mntracking.org)

Water exhibit

Whitewater State Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

 

Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The local piece of this national exhibit, titled We Are Water MN will be on display at the park through December.

Reading skins, skulls

Fort Snelling State Park, 1-2 p.m. Sunday

 

All animals are uniquely adapted for survival. Learn about the adaptations of various animals by examining their skins and skulls. Meet at the visitor center. (612-279-3550, mndnr.gov)