Return of the peregrine

Whitewater State Park

6-7 p.m. Friday


After nearly a half-century absence, peregrine falcons have returned to nest on the cliffs of the park. Meet at the nature store parking lot for a short walk to observe the nest site. (507-932-3007,

Mushroom hunting

Minneopa State Park

1-2 p.m. Saturday


Join local mushroom hunter Ben Prehn and learn some of the places to find mushrooms at the park. We will talk about some of the more popular edible mushrooms, including morels, chicken of the woods and gold chanterelle. (507-384-8890,


Interstate State Park

Noon Friday-noon Saturday


Through citizen-science walks, join naturalists, researchers, biologists and the public in an effort to identify as many plant and animal species as possible within 24 hours at the park. Come for some or all of the events. See the schedule at (651-465-5711,

Bird banding

Lowry Nature Center

9 a.m.-noon Saturday


See wild songbirds safely trapped, studied and tagged with numbered rings. This program is free and open to all ages. (763-694-7650,

Little Sit Bird Watch

Gateway State Trail

7-8 a.m. Saturday


The Lansing Avenue Crossing rest stop is one of the best places to view migrant and resident birds along the trail. Participants will identify as many species as possible by sight and sound during the hour. Bring binoculars and a chair if you have them. Watchers with limited mobility are welcome. This Little Sit is an abbreviated version of the 24-hour Big Sit bird-watching events common around the country. Meet at the Lansing Avenue Crossing rest stop. No registration needed, but e-mail if you want to be notified if canceled. (


Paddleboard by moon

Cleary Lake Regional Park

8-9:30 p.m. Saturday


Previous stand-up paddleboard experience recommended. Equipment provided. Cost is $20, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference activity 244556-00. This program is for ages 14 and older. (763-694-7777,

Adaptive opportunities

French Regional Park

1-4 p.m. Sunday


It’s a demonstration day to try adaptive mountain bikes, kayaks, archery equipment and geocaching. Socialize, too, with s’mores by a fire. Reservations are required. (763-559-6700)