Women's spring hike

Fort Snelling State Park

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday

Join a park naturalist for an early spring hike through the park. The group will explore the flood plain forest for signs of spring. This program is a partnership with the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. The Women in the Parks series offers women an opportunity to learn new skills and explore nature in state parks. More info: 612-279-3550 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.

Maple syruping workshop

Wild River State Park

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Learn the basics of how to make maple syrup at this hands-on workshop. Bring a lunch and enjoy the afternoon. The event will begin at the visitor center before participants head to other locations within the park. To register, call 651-583-2125, ext. 227. More info: www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.

Fly-fishing for beginners

Whitewater State Park

7 p.m.-9 p.m. April 10, 17, 24 and May 1

Call to reserve a spot in this special four-session course for those seriously interested in learning how to fly-fish. Participants will need fly-fishing equipment by the third session. Some equipment is available on loan. A fishing license and trout stamp are required. To register, call 507-932-3007, ext. 226. $20. More info: www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar. A two-weekend course also is scheduled in October.

Bird language

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday

Meet up at the education and visitor center in Bloomington, and head for the slopes of the Minnesota River Valley to explore what the birds telegraph about our surroundings. The gathering will split time between the classroom and outdoors. Bring a notebook, pencils, and something to sit on outdoors. To register, visit http://www.mntracking.org/.

Spring nests

Eastman Nature Center

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

See a variety of bird nest materials, egg colors and shapes. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free. Also Sunday is a Free Family Fun Day centered on the same topic: eggs. The event is from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. at Richardson Nature Center. More information: www.threeriversparks.org.