Birding programs

• Banding, Minneopa State Park, 5-8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday:

Get an up-close view of some birds that make the park their home. (1-507-384-8890,

• Banding, Lowry Nature Center, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday: Songbirds will be carefully trapped, studied, banded and released. (763-694-7650,

• Birding, Frontenac State Park, 8-9 a.m. Saturday:

Join a birding expert for an easy morning walk and an instructional about identifying birds. Bring your own binoculars. (651-345-3401,

• Bluebird trails, William O’Brien State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday:

Get a glimpse into some birdhouses to see if bluebirds, swallows, wrens or chickadees are nesting inside. Be prepared to walk a mile with a small amount of elevation. (651-433-0500 x227,

Geocaching 101

Fort Snelling State Park

1-2:30 p.m. Saturday

Learn how to use a global positioning system unit to find hidden treasures at Minnesota state parks. Equipment provided. Call 612-725-2724 to register. (

Family fishing

McColl Pond

1-3 p.m. Saturday

Head to Savage to learn the basics. Equipment and fishing license provided for class only. Cost is $6. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.(

Adapted sports demo

Fish Lake Regional Park

1-4 p.m. Sunday


Try adapted mountain bikes, kayaks, archery equipment and geocaching. Cost is $7. Call 763-559-6700 by Saturday to make a reservation. (