Bee devotion

Fort Snelling State Park

1-2:30 p.m. Saturday

What makes a bumblebee unique?‚ÄČAnd why do scientists study them? Learn about them and help a park naturalist gather data about the park's bumblebee population. Meet at the visitor center. (612-725-2724,

Voyageur canoes

Sibley State Park

1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday

Enjoy an hourlong guided canoe ride with 14 other people on a Voyageur canoe. The 34-foot-long canoe will glide over the waters of Lake Andrew. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Call 1-320-354-2002, e-mail, or sign up at the interpretive center when you arrive. (

Star craft

William O'Brien State Park

3-4 p.m. Saturday

Make a star wheel, and learn how to use it. A program called Starry, Starry Night happens at 9 p.m. (651-433-0500,


St. Croix State Park

1-2 p.m. Sunday

Support pollinators at your house by providing a home for solitary nesting native bees. Meet on the back deck of the St. Croix Lodge any time between 1 and 2 p.m. This program is good for all ages. Check out other activities taking place as part of the park's Ectothermathon, a weekend celebration of coldblooded creatures. (1-320-384-6591,

Intro to trout

Whitewater State Park

10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday

Meet at the south picnic area. This program is designed to introduce trout fishing to inexperienced anglers, families and youth groups. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing equipment will be provided. Bring bait. Worms often work best. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are not required. The program will be offered every Sunday through Sept. 3. (1-507-932-3007,

Women's archery

Elm Creek Park Reserve

1-3 p.m. Sunday

Learn the basics of shooting. Equipment provided. Cost is $10. Call 763-559-6700 by Friday to make a reservation. (

Nature bathing

Buffalo River State Park

9:30-11 a.m. Monday

Inspired by the Japanese practice of forest bathing called Shinrin-yoku, nature bathing involves mindfulness-based activities that support health and wellness. Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to boost the immune system, reduce stress, and improve your mood. The program will begin near the swimming pond and end at Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area. (1-218-498-2124,

Intro to geocaching

Wild River State Park

10 a.m. Monday

Global positioning units will be provided with instruction. Then, go find hidden objects. (651-583-2125, ext. 227)