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

  • Updated: April 24, 2014 - 2:31 PM

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1 Geocaching 101

William O’Brien State Park, April 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Geocaching expert Andy McCracken offers a free lesson on using GPS devices to find hidden treasures in Minnesota state parks. A limited number of GPS units are available for eventgoers to borrow. Reserve yours by calling 651-433-0500. More information:


2 Bird-watching trek

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, April 26, 7-9:30 a.m.

The refuge is hosting a series of bird-watching treks this spring, each exploring a different unit and a different facet of spring migration. This installment convenes at Old Cedar Avenue in Bloomington for a guided hike in search of waterfowl, thrushes and early spring warblers. More information:


3 Prairie butterfly garden class

Whitewater State Park, April 26, 1-2 p.m.

Join Joel Dunnette from Zumbro Valley Audubon for a lesson on planting your own prairie wildflower garden. These gardens are known for blooming throughout the growing season. Plus, they help preserve the state’s natural heritage. Free seedlings available. More information: 1-507-932-3007 or


4 Bird-watching trek

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, April 29, 7-9:30 a.m.

Located in Carver, the refuge’s Rapids Lake Unit boasts prairie, marshes and forested river bluffs. Meet a volunteer naturalist at the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center for a hike in search of waterfowl, thrushes and early spring warblers. More info:

5 Family archery

Cleary Lake Regional Park, April 29, 5-7 p.m.

Skilled instructors cover the basics of shooting safely and accurately. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot at stationary targets and compete in shooting games. All equipment provided. Ages 8-plus. $7. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More info:

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