Monarch tagging

Minneopa State Park

1-2 p.m. Friday


Monarchs, which migrate from Minnesota to Mexico, have declined in numbers over the past decade. Learn how tagging monarchs and tracking their migration patterns can provide information about their biology and conservation. (1-507-384-8890,

Wood Wide Web

Sibley State Park

4-5 p.m. Friday


If trees could talk, what would they say? Eavesdrop on the underground “conversations” of trees and catch a rare glimpse of the mysterious social network known as the Wood Wide Web. (1-320-354-2055,

Photos in the wild

William O’Brien State Park

2-3 p.m. Saturday


Learn some tips and tricks for nature photography. Bring a camera (smartphone works, too). There also are a limited number of cameras to check out. Meet inside the visitor center. (651-433-0500,


Archery pointers

Fort Snelling State Park

10 a.m.-noon Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday


Learn how to use a compound bow. The program is for ages 8 and older. All equipment is provided. Stop by the beach area anytime during the program. (612-725-2724,


I Can Paddle! program

Lake Maria State Park

10 a.m.-noon Sunday


Learn the basics of canoeing on lakes. Cost is $25 (for three people per canoe). Must be 5 or older. Reservations required; visit or call 1-866-857-2757.

Raptors in the yard

Lowry Nature Center

2-4 p.m. Sunday


Meet captive raptors. Drop in anytime. This program is free. (

Bird banding

Lowry Nature Center

–noon Saturday


Wild songbirds will be trapped, studied, banded and released. (763-694-7650,

Family kayaking

9-11 a.m. Saturday

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park


Learn kayaking safety and proper paddling. Equipment provided. Cost is $20. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. This program is for ages 8 and older. (763-694-7777,

Eclipse parties

Various state parks



A total solar eclipse is happening Monday across the United States. (The path of totality courses across the country, but Minnesota will see a partial eclipse). Special glasses to safely view it will be provided. Go online to see details about viewing events at Afton, Itasca, Sibley and other state parks. (