Bird bonanza

St. Croix State Park


Celebrate all things feathered at the seventh annual event. Count bird species during a marathon game, get involved in a banding demonstration, and enter a photo contest. This event is designed for birders of all ages and experience levels. More info: 1-320-384-6615 or


Afton State Park

7-8 p.m. Friday

Meet at the visitor center to take a 1-mile early evening stroll with a park naturalist. See what is in bloom and find out what will bloom next. More info: 651-231-6968 or

Park history

Whitewater State Park

7-8 p.m. Friday

The park once held German prisoners during World War II. Come to the visitor center for a look back at the history. More info: 1-507-932-3007.

Night sky

William O’Brien State Park

9 p.m. Saturday

Meet at the visitor center. The program will start indoors with a program on the evening sky and will end outdoors with views through a telescope. If it is cloudy, the indoor program still will happen. More info: 651-433-0500 or

Family archery

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park

9-11 a.m. Saturday


Head to New Prague to learn the basics of shooting safely and accurately. Shoot stationary targets and compete in games. Equipment provided. Cost is $7 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number 227701-02. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is for ages 8 and older.

I Can Fish!

Whitewater State Park

10 a.m.-noon Sunday

Equipment will be provided at this free program designed to introduce families to trout fishing. Bring your own bait; worms often work best. Fishing licenses and trout stamps will not be required. More info: 1-507-932-3007 or The state’s “I Can” programs also cover paddling, mountain biking, climbing and camping.