1 Flower photography
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, May 3, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Meet at the Rapids Lake Education and Visitors Center for a beginner’s workshop on flower photography. The lesson begins in the classroom, with an overview provided by experienced shooters and naturalists. Bring your camera for some hands-on practice in the field. For more: 952-858-0715 or www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/events.html.
2 Morel mushrooms
Whitewater State Park, May 3, 10 a.m.-noon
Attend a short presentation on Minnesota’s state mushroom before heading outdoors to scout for this wild edible. If enough morels are found, the group will get to sauté and sample the harvest. Registration required; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-507-932-3007, ext. 226. More information: www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.
3 Nordic walking
William O’Brien State Park, May 3, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join certified Nordic walking instructor and master naturalist Kay Okey for an educational walk and a lesson on this knee-friendly workout. Nordic walking poles provided. Reservation required; 651-433-0500 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.
4 Women’s archery
Elm Creek Park Reserve, May 4, 10 a.m.-noon
Borrow one of the park’s compound bows and learn shooting techniques from skilled instructors. Participants can practice shooting from various distances and platforms. Equipment provided. Ages 14-plus. $7. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. For more information: www.threeriversparks.org.
5 Bird-watching trek
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, May 5, 7-9:30 a.m.
Meet at the Bloomington Ferry unit for a naturalist-led walk in search of warblers, bald eagles, waterfowl and other birds passing through the river corridor. Bring your binoculars and a favorite field guide. More information: 952-858-0715 or www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/events.html.