Bird banding

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 8-11 a.m. Saturday

 

Head to the Hennepin County side in Brooklyn Park, and see wild songbirds up close as they are carefully trapped, studied, banded and released.

Drop in anytime for this free program. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (763-694-7790; threeriversparks.org)

 

Bald eagle meetup

Whitewater State Park, 7-8 p.m. Saturday

 

Staff from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha will share the bird’s comeback story and introduce one of the center’s ambassadors. (507-932-3007, mndnr.gov)

Archery in the park

William O’Brien State Park, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon Sunday

 

Certified instructors will teach the basics. Beginners are welcome. Kids should be at least age 8. Gear provided. (651-433-0500, mndnr.gov)

 

Native bee day

Afton State Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

 

If you want to attract pollinators to your yard and vegetable garden but don’t know how, pack a picnic lunch and join the presentations on native bees and bee house building. Also learn how to help the Wasp Watcher program and the Minnesota Bee Atlas. (651-231-6968, mndnr.gov)

Mississippi paddle

North Mississippi Regional Park,9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

 

Teaming with Wilderness Inquiry, National Park Service ranger Sharon Stiteler is the lead interpreter on a paddle to Boom Island to see a heron rookery and more. Cost is $45. Register online. (wildernessinquiry.org, 612-676-9400)

 

Women’s bike outing

Luce Line State Trail, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

 

Join a naturalist and explore this old railroad corridor on a 26-mile round trip. Ride from Plymouth to the Ox Yoke Inn for lunch and then return. Own bike and helmet. Registration required. (651-231-6968)

Logrolling primer

Fish Lake Regional Park, 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday

 

Rooted in the history of the logging era in the Midwest, log rolling is both safe and fun. Improve balance, agility, concentration and core strength. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Reservations required by Friday. Cost is $15. (763-694-7818, threeriversparks.org)

 

Hydroelectric dam tour

Jay Cooke State Park, 2-3 p.m. Monday

 

Learn about Minnesota Power’s Thomson hydroelectric station, the impact of the 2012 flood, and the dam’s long history and future. Call 1-218-673-7005 to register.