Itasca hike

Itasca State Park, 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday

This 2-mile hike can be challenging but is worth the effort. Pass old pines, maple stands and the shores of Myrtle Lake. Meet at the visitor center at 12:30 p.m., and then carpool to the trailhead. The route will follow the Red Pine, Crossover and Ozawindib trails. (1-218-699-7251,

Run in a park

Wild River State Park, 8:30 a.m. Saturday

Take on a 5-kilometer run or walk. Race-day registration ($35 with T-shirt, $25 without) is available from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m. Proceeds support the park. (651-583-2125 ext. 227,

Geocache basics

William O’Brien State Park,10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday 

Learn how to use a global positioning system unit to find hidden treasures at state parks and trails. A limited number of GPS units are available. Call the park office at 651-433-0500 to register. After the program, earn a special 2017 wildflower card that is part of the geocache pursuit. (

Bike at Glendalough

Glendalough State Park, 1-3 p.m. Sunday

A naturalist will lead a bike ride and discussion about the park’s unique history and natural wonders during autumn. Bring a helmet. Bikes are available for rent. (1-218-864-0110,

Banding owls

Lowry Nature Center, 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Learn about Minnesota’s owls, their adaptations, and research. Drive within Carver Park to observe master banders safely trapping and banding saw-whet owls. Cost is $5. Call 763-559-6700 to reserve a spot. (

Park by paddle

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park,9 a.m. Saturday

Get out in a kayak on a fall morning. Previous paddling experience required. Equipment provided. Cost is $40. Call 763-559-6700 to reserve a spot. This program is for ages 14 and older. (threerivers

Bird trek

Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday

Join a bird walk in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge unit near Carver. During the fall migration, observe a mix of waterfowl, raptors, warblers and sparrows, all stopping to rest and feed before they continue their southerly migration. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring along your binoculars and favorite field guide, and dress for the weather. The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is at 15865 Rapids Lake Road. (952-361-4500,