Geocaching 101

Afton State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday

 

Learn how to use a global positioning unit, and discover hidden treasures at Minnesota state parks and trails. A limited number of GPS units are available for use. Participants will earn a special 2017 wildflower card. Meet at the visitor center. Register at 651-231-6968 or linda.radimecky@state.mn.us. (mndnr.gov)

 

‘Amazing Park Race’

William O’Brien State Park, 1-3 p.m. Saturday

 

Just like the show, there will be puzzles to solve and activities to complete. Sign up at the park office. Meet at the Riverside Amphitheater in the picnic grounds. (651-433-0500, mndnr.gov).

Petal pedal

Sibley State Park, 3-4 p.m. Saturday

 

Join the naturalist on a bike ride through the park’s varied landscapes, from the interpretive center to the shores of Lake Andrew. Helmets required. Meet outside the center. (1-320-354-2055, mndnr.gov)

 

Migratory birds

St. Croix State Park, 10-11 a.m. Sunday

 

Meet the naturalist outside the St. Croix Lodge to play a giant board game. Learn about the challenges faced by migratory birds. See if you can survive the journey. (1-320-384-6591, mndnr.gov)

Flower hike

Fort Snelling State Park, 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday

 

Have you been wondering what’s blooming? Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails with a park naturalist. Dress for the weather and meet at the visitor center. (612-725-2724, mndnr.gov)

Family archery

Carver Park Reserve, 3-5 p.m. Sunday

 

Explore the basics of archery and elements of safety. Shoot at traditional and 3-D animal targets. Equipment provided. Cost is $10. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. The program is for ages 7 and older. (threeriversparks.org)

 

Family kayaking

Fish Lake Regional Park, 1-3 p.m. Sunday

 

Learn kayaking safety and proper paddling techniques. Equipment provided. Cost is $20. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. The program is for ages 8 and older. (threeriversparks.org)

Mountain bike series

Elm Creek Park Reserve

6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday

 

The Dirt Cup Mountain Bike Sprint Series continues with a time-trial format on a 10-plus mile single-track loop. Divisions include men’s, women’s and under-17. Races alternate among Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves. Call 763-559-6700 to preregister. (threeriversparks.org)