Learn to snowshoe

Cleary Lake Regional Park, 3-4:30 p.m. Friday


Take a scenic, guided hike. Equipment provided. Call 763-559-6700 to reserve a spot. (threeriversparks.org)

A view of the seasons

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday


View a slide show of the seasons and experiences at the park. (1-320-532-3269, mndnr.gov)

Ranger weekends

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday


Meet at the Bloomington visitor center for a short walk with a naturalist. (bit.ly/mnfwr)



Skate skiing

Elm Creek Park Reserve, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday


Learn beginning ski-skating techniques, including efficient edging, gliding and control. Classic skiing experience recommended. Rentals available. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.


Classic style

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday


Learn the skiing basics: proper equipment fitting, diagonal stride, stopping, turning, and an introduction to small hills. The program is for novice skiers and those wanting a review. Rentals available. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. For ages 13 and older. (threeriversparks.org)

Lessons on ice

Fort Snelling State Park, 10-11 a.m. Saturday


Learn how to make the beautiful ice luminaria that line some Minnesota state park trails in winter. Meet at the visitor center. Come back to the park for the annual New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 31. (612-725-2724, mndnr.gov)

Fun for kids

Lowry Nature Center, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday


Glide across the ice on an authentic, imported Nordic kicksled. Get in on more games, and warm up by a fire. Cost is $5. (763-694-7650, threeriversparks.org)