Owl walk

Afton State Park

8-9 p.m. Friday

The full moon is the perfect setting to look for owls. Join a naturalist on this moonlit walk. Meet at the visitor center. (651-436-5391, mndnr.gov)

Kayaking essentials

French Regional Park

9 a.m.-noon Saturday

A hands-on experience with instructors for participants 14 years old and older. Learn beginning kayak safety, proper paddling form, and paddling strokes. Equipment provided. Cost is $50 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference activity number 325011-01. (threeriversparks.org)

Prairie hike

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

10 a.m.-noon Saturday


Join a master naturalist on a hike along the new Prairie Trail to explore the plants adapted to sunshine and wind and to help collect seeds. Sturdy shoes, a hat and water bottle are recommended. (507-333-4840, mndnr.gov)

By canoe

Fort Snelling State Park

10 a.m.-noon Saturday


Minnesota lakes are full of life. Join a naturalist on a canoe trip to see what thrives in Snelling Lake. Equipment provided. Registration required. Call 612-725-2724. (www.mndnr.gov)

Tag a monarch

Whitewater State Park

4-5 p.m. Saturday


Learn about Minnesota’s amazing native butterflies. After a brief presentation, take a short hike to catch, tag and release monarch butterflies to help with ongoing research about their migration. Bring a butterfly net if you have one. (507-932-3007, mndnr.gov)


Archery lesson

William O’Brien State Park

10 a.m.-noon Sunday


Drop by the picnic grounds to give archery a shot. Must be 8 to participate, and children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (651-433-0500, mndnr.gov)

Green Fit Club

Hyland Park Reserve

5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday


Ditch the gym and get fit out outdoors. Join the Green Fit Club at the Bloomington park for the first session (the club will meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). Three months of instructor-led activities include Nordic walking, yoga, canoeing, archery, geocaching and more. Attend all or some of the three sessions per week. Any fitness or experience level is welcome. Cost is $95, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference activity number 423117-00. This program is open to ages 18 and older. (threeriversparks.org)