Get on snowshoes

French Regional Park

6-8 p.m. Friday


Head to Plymouth to explore sights and sounds under the light of the full moon. Enjoy a fire and s’mores. Equipment provided. The hike will happen regardless of snow. Cost is $7. On Saturday, there is an outing for beginners from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the park. Equipment provided. This program is for ages 8 and older. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation for either snowshoeing program. (

Tracking for kids

Jay Cooke State Park, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday


Learn how to track and identify animals this winter. Program is indoors. Call ahead to register at 1-218-673-7005. Meet at the interpretive center. (

Birds first

Wild River State Park, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday


Winter is a great time to bird-watch from the comfort inside. Learn how to attract birds to your yard and what they want to eat. Make a suet feeder. Registration required. Call 651-583-2125, ext. 227. Meet at the visitor center. (


About the peregrine

Gooseberry Falls State Park, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday


The fastest bird in the world nests along the North Shore. Listen to its story of recovery. The Midwest Peregrine Society leads a program in the visitor center auditorium. (1-218-595-7100,

Geocache day

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, 1-2:15 p.m. Saturday


An activity for beginners starts with the basics of using a global positioning system unit. Then, get out and search for caches by snowshoes. (There will be a snowshoe instructional, too.) Registration required. Call 1-320-532-3269 and leave your contact information and number of people.

‘Last chance hike’

Eastman Nature Center, 1-2 p.m. Sunday

Start your resolutions early and close 2017 with a hike. (763-694-7700,


Active for the new year

Lowry Nature Center, 12:30-2 p.m. Monday


Get out on a hike to start 2018, and search for signs of wildlife. Cost is $5. Call 763-559-6700 to reserve a spot. (