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

  • Updated: August 22, 2014 - 8:21 AM

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1 Stand-up paddleboard lessons

Fish Lake Regional Park, Aug. 23, 9-11 a.m., and Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m.

Learn the basics of paddleboard balance and maneuvering during these beginner-friendly events. Equipment provided (for people up to 220 pounds). Ages 14-plus. $35. Reservation required; 763-559-6700. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.

2 Starlight Starbright!

William O’Brien State Park, Aug. 23, 9 p.m.

Meet at the visitor center for a presentation by amateur astronomer Kenny Bahmer. Then head outdoors for some stargazing through a telescope. More information: 651-433-0500 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.

3 Bird-watching treks

Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, Aug. 23, 7-10 a.m.; Bloomington Ferry Unit, Aug. 24, 7-10 a.m.

Explore different sections of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge during these early morning birding tours. Search the Rapids Lake Unit (in Carver) for prairie species including meadowlarks, flycatchers and sparrows. Search the Bloomington Ferry Unit for raptors and warblers. Bring binoculars. More information: www.fws.gov/refuge/Minnesota_Valley

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