1 Snowshoe hike
Flandrau State Park, Dec. 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Humans have been using snowshoes for at least 6,000 years. Learn about the history of snowshoeing during this naturalist-led hike. Also learn about the history of Flandrau State Park, situated partly within the city limits of New Ulm. Meet at the beach house. Snowshoes can be rented at the park office. 1-507-233-9800 or www.mndnr.gov.
2 The big chill
Fort Snelling State Park, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m.
How did the animals at Fort Snelling State Park prepare for, and endure, this week’s subzero temperatures? This family-friendly event teaches the critters’ cold-weather survival tactics via hands-on games and outdoor exploration. 612-725-2724 or www.mndnr.gov.
3 Cross-country ski lessons
Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dec. 15, noon-1:30 p.m.
Review the basics of Nordic skiing — how to stride, stop, turn and climb small hills. The class is designed for adult novices, thought it’s a fine option for lapsed skiers as well. $20 or $31 with ski rental. Ages 13-plus (a similar class for ages 6-12 is offered Dec. 21). Reservations required; 763-559-6700 or www.threeriversparks.org.
4 Tracking by the moon
Richardson Nature Center, Dec. 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join a naturalist to search for animal tracks under the bright light of a waxing, nearly full moon. $5. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.
5 Full moon hike
Fort Snelling State Park, Dec. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
No flashlights necessary. The moon will light your way as you hike, learning as you go about the nocturnal animals that live at this urban state park. 612-725-2724 or www.mndnr.gov.
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