Luce Line State Trailhead, 5-8 p.m. Friday
• The trail will be lit from the Plymouth trailhead to Hwy. 101. A bonfire and hot chocolate wrap up the evening. (651-231-6968; mndnr.gov/luceline)
• Zippel Bay State Park, 5-8 p.m. Saturday: You can pretty well count on snow cover in the northernmost region of Minnesota. Luminarias will line more than a mile of ski/snowshoe trails. Meet at the residence. You can borrow skis and snowshoes while supplies last; call to reserve a pair. (1-218-647-8592; mndnr.gov/zippelbay)
Park after dark
Jay Cooke State Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday
This series explores the nighttime winter world of park life. Poetry, storytelling and art work into the program. If there’s enough snow, bring your own snowshoes or call to reserve a pair. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center. (1-218-673-7005; mndnr.gov/jaycooke).
• 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Minneopa State Park: Stomp through the snow starting at the group campground. A naturalist will explain the history of snowshoeing, kinds of snowshoes, and where to go at the park during this rigorous 2-mile hike. Dress for the weather. Call 1-507-386-3910 to rent snowshoes. No snow? It’s a hike. (1-507-384-8890; mndnr.gov/minneopa).
• Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Whitewater State Park: Once the leaves fall, nature reveals hidden secrets. Discover historic relics visible only in winter. If there is enough snow, bring your snowshoes or call the park to reserve a pair. No snow? Plan to hike. (1-507-312-2300; mndnr.gov/whitewater)
Kids on skis
9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Elm Creek Park Reserve
Children ages 6 to 8 can get an introduction to classic-style cross-country skiing through fun activities and games. Cost is $17 ($25 for with ski rental). Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. There is a lesson at noon for children 9 to 12. (threeriversparks.org)