Birds of the river paddle

North Mississippi Regional Park

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Wilderness Inquiry will supply and lead a paddle on the Mississippi River to Boom Island. Learn about birds of the city from National Park Service ranger and bird expert Sharon Stiteler. No canoeing experience is necessary, and a free shuttle is provided from Boom Island. Cost is $45. Register online at (612-676-9400)

'The Amazing Park Race'

William O'Brien State Park

1-3 p.m. Saturday

Just like the show, there will be puzzles to solve and activities to complete to get the next clue. Finish the activities first and you could win a prize. Sign up at the main park office, and then meet at the Riverside Amphitheater in the picnic grounds. (651-433-0500 or

Minnesota River paddle

Minneopa State Park

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

Take an 8-mile guided paddle through a forested flood plain. Return shuttle provided. Reservations required. Call 1-507-384-8890 or e-mail

Paddleboard lesson

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park

1-3 p.m. Saturday

Cost is $35. Call 763-559-6700 and refer to activity number 327711-06. Participants must be 14 or older. ( Skins and skulls

Fort Snelling State Park

1-2 p.m. Sunday

Learn about the adaptations of various animals that live in the park by examining their skins and skulls. (612-725-2724,

Bird banding

Whitewater State Park

12:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Learn about the practice as a research tool, birds' migratory patterns, and help handle and release banded birds. (507-932-3007,

Family kayaking

French Regional Park

1-3 p.m. Sunday

Learn kayaking safety and proper paddling techniques while touring local lakes. Equipment provided. Cost is $20, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700, reference activity number 325011-04. This program is for ages 8 and older. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. (