Thanks to National Get Outdoors Day, no permit is required Saturday at Minnesota state parks.
Usually, state park visitors must pay $5 for a day pass or $25 for a year-round vehicle pass.
In addition to free admission, events are planned at parks throughout the state. Most are free, but some require registration, which is available on the state Department of Natural Resources website.
At Forestville Mystery Cave State Park in Preston, visitors can learn about the snakes that live in the park and see a live timber rattler.
Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul has a nature hike, while Bryant Lake Regional Park in Eden Prairie offers flatwater kayaking essentials for women (14 and older).
Afton State Park will offer a women’s archery class, and Upper Sioux Agency State Park in Granite Falls offers a stargazing program.
Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls is offering a “plein air painting demonstration” and talk with Kami Mendlik. She founded the St. Croix River School of Painting. The program starts at 9 a.m. Guided glacial pothole tours will also be available.
Among the offerings at Carlton’s Jay Cooke State Park are lessons about reptiles and amphibians from the Audubon Society of the Great North and interactive lessons on the world of water.
At Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors, visitors can learn about peregrine falcons and rocks.
Sibley State Park north of Willmar will offer a “Go In-Seine” program on Lake Andrew. Visitors can learn about critters in the lake and take a dip.
Whitewater State Park in Altura is playing host to “Take a Kid Trout Fishing Day” for ages 10-15. To sign up, e-mail email@example.com or call 507-932-3007 ext. 226.
Check the DNR’s website for more details.