Family kayaking

Cleary Lake Regional Park

5-7 p.m. Friday

Create family memories of fun on the water. Learn kayaking safety and proper paddling techniques while touring local lakes. Equipment provided. Cost is $20, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference activity number 324511-08. The program is for ages 8 and older. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. (threeriversparks.org)

 

Critter catch

Hidden Falls Regional Park

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

 

Learn the connection between the Mississippi River and its critters and explore the ecosystem health of the river on a half-day paddle led by Wilderness Inquiry guides. The trip ends at Harriet Island. Head to the park’s north gate for the start of the trip. Cost is $45, and a shuttle is provided. Online registration only at wildernessinquiry.org. (612-676-9400)

Paddleboarding

Bryant Lake Regional Park

9-11 a.m. Saturday

 

An outing for children ages 8 to 13 to learn the basics of balancing and maneuvering on a stand-up paddleboard. There also are games planned. Equipment provided. Cost is $20, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 reference activity number 323911-09. (threeriversparks.org)

Perseid meteor shower party

William O’Brien State Park

7 p.m. Saturday

 

Learn about this astronomical event, make a constellation chart to take home, discover how dark skies are a benefit, listen to some constellation stories around the fire, and find some constellations using telescopes provided by the University of Minnesota. Bring a camp chair and a blanket. Meet at the visitor center. (651-433-0500, mndnr.gov)

 

Plants by canoe

Ft. Snelling State Park

1-3 p.m. Sunday

 

Take a closer look at the common plants and “weeds” that grow in Snelling Lake. Equipment provided. Registration required. Call 612-725-2724. (mndnr.gov)

 

Mineral mix-up

Interstate State Park

3-4 p.m. Sunday

 

What makes up a rock? How many minerals are out there? Simple experiments will reveal these answers. Meet near the visitor center. (651-465-5711, mndnr.gov)