Afton State Park

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday


Wolves at Our Door is an engaging and unbiased program to help individuals better understand the complicated issues surrounding wolves. This presentation will cover subjects including their biology and behavior, predator/prey relationships, and the mythology and fear of wolves. (651-436-5391, mndnr.gov)

Public Lands Day

Hidden Falls Parks

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday


Help celebrate National Public Lands Day with a special event in St. Paul. Groups are teaming up for a day of outdoor recreation. Try fishing, climbing and archery, among various activities. All equipment is provided, and the event is free. Bring a picnic lunch. Enter at the north gate. (bit.ly/landsevent)

Adapted cycling

Elm Creek Park Reserve

1-4 p.m. Saturday


The program will have adapted off-road handcycles to use on a 2.2-mile adapted trail built to accommodate wider and more stable arm-powered bikes. Learn about lessons, a riding club and races. Meet at the trailhead for an open ride. The program is free and open to all ages. (763-694-7894, threeriversparks.org)

Fall festivals

Fort Ridgely State Park

5-8 p.m. Saturday


Enjoy an evening of old-fashioned fun. Children’s activities will be offered. Participants can bring food to grill. There are fort tours, too. (1-507-426-7840, mndnr.gov) Also, Saturday and Sunday at Maplewood State Park, celebrate the splendor of fall colors with a variety of activities. (1-218-863-8383, mndnr.gov)

Hike in Itasca

Itasca State Park, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday


Join a hike on the annual Ozawindib Walk along the Dr. Roberts Trail. Walk through black ash, a tamarack swamp, birch, aspen and mountain maples. Parts of the hike are challenging. Learn the story of Ozawindib, an Objibwe warrior from the 19th century. Meet outside of Douglas Lodge. (1-218-699-7251, mndnr.gov)