Hyland Park Reserve
9 a.m.-noon Saturday
A program for women. Learn beginning kayak safety, paddling form, and paddling strokes at the Bloomington park. Equipment provided. Cost is $50 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. Refer to activity number 223011-00. This program is for ages 14 and older.
Clear Lake Regional Park
9-11 a.m. Saturday
Try stand-up paddleboarding at this Prior Lake park. Equipment provided. The paddleboards available at Three Rivers Park District have a manufacturer’s recommended weight limit of 220 to 250 pounds. Cost is $35 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. Refer to activity number 22451101. This program is for ages 14 and older.
Humans for lunch
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
10-11 a.m. Saturday
If you’re wondering why mosquito bites itch, horsefly bites hurt, and black fly bites bleed, here’s a look at the specialized mouthparts of biting insects. Discover how, when, and where insects use their eating utensils and learn how to avoid becoming the next main course. The program is at the education and visitor center in Bloomington. More info: http://tinyurl.com/n3wwnlo.
Fort Snelling State Park
9-10:30 a.m. Saturday
Part of the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, this event will cover how to use a field guide and binoculars. A birding hike will follow. Equipment provided. Call 612-725-2724 to register.
More info: 612-279-3550 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.
I Can Fish!
Whitewater State Park
10 a.m.-noon Sunday
Meet at the south picnic area for a hands-on introduction to trout fishing. Inexperienced anglers and families are welcome. Bring your own bait; worms often work best. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are not required at this program. More info: 507-932-3007 or www.mndnr.gov/ptcalendar.More information on the “I Can” program at www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ican.