‘Free Park Friday’

All Minnesota state parks and recreation areas

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

 

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed the day “Free Park Friday,” with entrance fees waived at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas to encourage people to spend time outdoors with family. Share your adventures on social media using #FreeParkFriday and #OnlyinMN.

 

‘Feeling full’ hike

Sibley State Park

10 a.m.-noon Friday

Feeling full after Thanksgiving dinner? Walk it off on a 1.2-mile guided hike from the interpretive center to Mount Tom. (320-354-2055, mndnr.gov)

Nature walk

Fort Snelling State Park

1-2 p.m. Saturday

Fort Snelling State Park is situated in the middle of the metro area with highways, railroads, high-use river systems and an international airport. It is also the most visited state park in Minnesota by hikers, bikers, skiers and motorists. Despite human recreation, wildlife thrives. Join the naturalist on this cool November walk and learn about the plants and animals. Meet at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center. (612-725-2724, mndnr.gov)

 

Explore hidden treasure

Whitewater State Park

1-3:30 p.m. Saturday

 

Go geocaching, looking for things hidden in the woods. What will make this hunt even more exciting is that it will take participants off the beaten path into a little-used part of the park. We’ll travel two miles, ascending about 300 feet along the way. Dress warm, wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes. (507-932-3007, mndnr.gov)

 

Green Fit clubs

French Regional Park

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (beginning Tuesday through Feb. 18)

 

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (beginning Wednesday)

 

Ditch the gym, head to recreation areas in Plymouth and Bloomington, respectively, and get fit outdoors — even in winter. Enjoy yoga, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. Cost is $95. All equipment is provided. This program is for ages 18 and older. Reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700

(threeriversparks.org)