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

  • Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Provided by Minnesota DNR

1 Bird banding

Eastman Nature Center, July 12, from 9 a.m.-noon

Stop by this open house-style event to see wild songbirds as they are trapped, studied and banded. Learn how to identify birds in the hand. Participants might even get a chance to hear a bird’s heartbeat or help release birds. More information:

2 Mississippi River rafting

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Take a birder’s tour of the Mississippi. Naturalists will be on hand to help participants spot herons, orioles and osprey. No experience necessary, but paddling and lifting is required. Equipment and shuttle provided. Ages 12-plus. $40. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information:

3 Minnesota River paddle

Minneopa State Park, July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Meet at the park for a 14-mile paddle on the Minnesota River. All equipment provided (including canoes, life jackets and paddles) as well as ground transportation back to the park. Reservations required; 1-507-384-8890. More information:

4 Canoe when the moon is full

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, Cleary Lake Regional Park and Fish Lake Regional Park, July 12, 8-10 p.m.

Admire the moonlight and look for wildlife during these guided events at properties throughout Three Rivers Park District. Ages 5-plus. $8. Reservations required; 763-559-6700. More information:

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