Do This Now: Editor-selected events at state, regional and local parks

  • Updated: April 17, 2014 - 1:57 PM

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1 Full moon walk

Cleary Lake Regional Park, April 18, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join a naturalist for a deep woods experience at night. Steaming cups of hot cocoa are provided afterward. $5. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.

2 Women’s birds, books and binoculars

Fort Snelling State Park, April 19, 9-11 a.m.

Learn how to use a field guide and binoculars before joining a naturalist for a birding hike. Equipment provided. Registration required; 612-725-2724. More information: www.mndnr.gov.

3 Woodcocks, the skydancers

Elm Creek Park Reserve, April 22, 7:15-9:30 p.m.,

Meet at Eastman Nature Center for a lesson on woodcocks before heading outside to stalk the birds at dusk. Lucky observers will glimpse the male woodcocks in a dazzling aerial performance. $5. Ages 10-plus. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.

4 Spring bird hike

Silverwood Park, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m.,

Hike with a naturalist to learn which birds have returned to Minnesota for the season, plus pick up some tips on finding and identifying the species. $5. Ages 16-plus. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.

5 Backcountry camping skills

French Regional Park, April 26, 9 a.m.-noon

Get ready for a backcountry camping trip with this hands-on workshop. Topics include trip planning, navigation, setting up camp, starting campfires, gear selection and food storage. $15. Ages 8-plus. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.

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