Candlelight walk

Brown's Creek State Trail

6-9 p.m. Friday

• Hundreds of candles will light the trail between Neal and Lofton avenues. (651-231-6968;

The mysterious owl

Wild River State Park

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday

• Learn about the silent nighttime hunter, including how to imitate its call. (651-583-2125;

Focus on fossils

Whitewater State Park

10 a.m.-noon Saturday

• See fossils that preceded dinosaurs. The site is 9 miles from park. (1-507-312-2300,

Fall pumpkin festival

Lake Shetek State Park

1-3:30 p.m. Saturday

• Pumpkin-decorating, face-painting, s'mores, games and leaf-pile jumping. Hosted by Friends of Lake Shetek State Park. (1-507-763-3256;

Prairie and bison tour

Blue Mounds State Park

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday

• Take the 90-minute tour. Buy tickets in advance. (1-507-283-6050;

Bird banding

Lowry Nature Center

9 a.m.-noon Saturday

• See wild songbirds up close as they are carefully trapped, studied, banded and released. Drop in anytime. This program is free and open to all ages. (763-694-7650,

Family archery

1-3 p.m. Saturday

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Explore the basics of archery and elements of safety. Shoot at traditional targets and test your skills playing games. Equipment provided. Cost is $10. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. This program is for ages 8 and older. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (