Ice fishing primer

Silverwood Park

Noon-2 p.m.

Head to St. Anthony and try a favorite winter pastime. Learn about equipment and staying safe on the ice. Cost is $8, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference number 127841-00. This program is for ages 6 and older, and children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. (

Family snowshoe

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

1-2:30 p.m. Saturday

For ages 4 and older. Equipment provided. Cost is $6. Register at 763-694-7777 and reference number 14374100.

Snowshoe II

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

2-3:30 p.m. Saturday

Snowshoe with a naturalist and search for tracks, homes, scat, chew marks, fur, feathers and more. Equipment provided. Cost is $5. This program is for ages 5 and older, and children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 763-694-7687 and reference number 112942-02.

Snowshoe III

William O’Brien State Park

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Learn the fundamentals while exploring the park. Call 651-433-0500 to register. The program will be canceled if there is fewer than 6 inches of snow. (

Winter bike racing

Elm Creek Park Reserve

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

Test your speed and skill in a time trial format racing a 10.5-mile loop through the trees and snow, then warm up at the trailhead for awards and door prizes. Studded tires are approved. Helmets are required. The race series alternates between Elm Creek Park Reserve and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. Cost is $12 for those who preregister and $15 for registration the day of the event. Or pay $60 for all six races at both parks. Call 763-559-6700 to preregister and save money. Race-day registration begins at 10 a.m. This race series is for ages 14 and older. The next race is Jan. 16 at Murphy-Hanrehan. (

Golden eagle program

Whitewater State Park

10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday

Find out about golden eagles in the blufflands from the man who knows them best. Scott Mehus, National Eagle Center education director and Golden Eagle Project co-coordinator, will share his experiences. You’ll learn how to identify golden eagles in the wild and some of the best places to see them. (507-932-3007,

Women in the parks

Fort Snelling State Park

1-3 p.m. Sunday

Join a naturalist for adventure in winter, exploring trails and chatting about the animals who live in it. (612-725-2724,