Minneopa State Park, 4-5 p.m. Friday
Learn how to how to use a map and compass, including how to take a bearing and how to pace. We will also compare orienteering to the popular activity known as geocaching. Meet at the group campground. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (1-507-384-8890, mndnr.gov)
Frontenac State Park, 3-4 p.m. Saturday
Learn about the threats to U.S. eastern monarch butterflies, which finds refuge in Minnesota, and how to help them and their habitat. (651-345-3401, mndnr.gov)
Cleary Lake Regional Park, 1-3 p.m. Saturday
Learn the basics of shooting, and try skills games. Cost is $10. Call 763-559-6700 and reference #344545-02 to reserve a spot. The program is for ages 8 and older. (threeriversparks.org)
Sibley State Park, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Celebrate the 125th year of Minnesota’s state parks and trails system with a variety of programs, from painting watercolors with a local artist to paddling a Voyageur canoe, to fishing on Lake Andrew. Some activities require advance registration. (1-320-354-2055, mndnr.gov)
Opportunities in the Three Rivers Parks District:
• 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Fish Lake Regional Park. Do yoga on a paddleboard. All levels are welcome. Cost is $35. Equipment provided. Call 763-559-6700 and refer to activity #325977-02 to reserve a spot. Must be 14 or older.
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bryant Lake Regional Park. Take a lesson. Equipment provided. The SUPs have a weight limit of 210-250 pounds. Cost is $35. Call 763-559-6700 and refer to activity #323975-04.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Fish Lake Regional Park. Another round of yoga. Equipment provided. Cost is $35. Call 763-559-6700 to reserve a spot. Reference activity #325977-11.
Fishing at Snelling
Fort Snelling State Park, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Move through stations and discover the fun of fishing in the program organized by the state park and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Activities will include casting practice, fishing on Snelling Lake and on the river, crafts and more. All equipment is provided. (612-725-2724, mndnr.gov)
Mountain bike racing
Elm Creek Park Reserve, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Test your speed and skill in a time trial on a 10.5-mile singletrack loop. Divisions include men’s, women’s and U-17. (763-559-6700, threeriversparks.org)