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Nature Center Visit
Visit the Three Rivers Park District Web Site

Location: Five locations within Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers is home to hundreds of species of animals indigenous to the native woods, prairies and wetlands. If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of the nature centers. Learn about the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiments or even pet a wild animal. Check out website for more information.

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Parks and Trail Maps in Washington County
Visit the Washington County Parks Division Web Site

Location: Washington County Parks

This website will show you activities available for families at parks in Washington County.

Play areas at Three Rivers
Visit the Three Rivers Park District Web Site

Location: Various Three Rivers Park locations

Remember the fun of playing on a playground? Climbing, sliding, swinging higher and higher. Create new memories at our Play Areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun. The structures are inspected every year prior to opening and daily by Three Rivers Staff to ensure safety. See this website for locations.

Explore Nature
Visit the Ney Nature Center Web Site

Location: Ney Nature Center-Henderson

As a Le Sueur County park, exploration hours are from sunup until sundown. The Education Building, which houses the office and staff, is open weekdays from 9-4. Feel free to bring your furry dog friend with to enjoy the exciting trail system. See website for more information.

Fall Color Finder
Visit the MN Department of Natural Resources Web Site

Location: All over Minnesota

Feel the WOW of Fall. Check out this website for up-to-date fall color information so you can get out with your family and see some natural beauty.

Exploring Nature
Visit the Maplewood Nature Center Web Site

Location: Maplewood Nature Center-Maplewood

Maplewood Nature Center is the gateway to 14 Neighborhood Preserves. Visitor amenities include interactive exhibits, trail kiosk, picnic area and nature play yard, wildflower demonstration gardens and more. See this website for more information.

Park and Trail locations in Dakota County
Visit the Dakota County Parks Web Site

Location: Dakota County Parks and Regional Trails

It is easy to get into nature in a Dakota County Park. See website for park and trail information.

Visitor Centers
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi and Minnesota River Areas

Visitor Centers are a great place to get first hand information about the many experiences that families can enjoy near the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Learn more on this website.

Family Park Programs
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, North Mississippi Regional Park and Water Power Park offer a variety of what they refer to as "Family Friendly" activities such as walking, biking, hiking and picnicking.

Local Playground, Continental River
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Several Visitor Centers throughout the 72 mile river park

If you are interested in the Mississippi River, this is a great place to start your exploration.

Explore Your National Park
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi River Areas

Mississippi Park Connection is committed to preserving, protecting, and enjoying the Mississippi River, the national park that runs through the Twin Cities. See this website for events and activities.

Nature and Science
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi River Areas

The Mississippi River is one of the greatest rivers in the world and contains one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. Experience the wonders of this river together as a family and learn to appreciate the effects that this river has on our lives.

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Mississippi River Visitors Center
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: 120 Kellogg Blvd.W, St. Paul, MN 55102

Free admission awaits everyone at the Mississippi River Visitors Center. A wide variety of activities and exhibits are available to be enjoyed by all family members.

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Family Activities - Various
Visit the Dodge Nature Center Web Site

Location: Dodge Nature Center - West St. Paul/Mendota Hts

Variety of family programs offered. See calendar for list of activities, dates and fees as they apply.

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Wood Lake Nature Stroll
Visit the Wood Lake Nature Center Web Site

Location: Wood Lake Nature Center

Discover the three miles of trails free of bikes, rollerblades and pets. Staff naturalists are on hand to assist you with identifying the variety of habitats found within this park. Boardwalks take you through marshlands, and hard surfaced trails carry you through the prairie. This is a time to enjoy what nature has to offer through observation and reflection.

Exploring Nature at MVNWR
Visit the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Web Site

Location: Chaska, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to explore nature. The refuge features prairie, wetlands, and hardwood forests. The refuge winds along the Minnesota River from Bloomington to Henderson-protecting a total of 14,000 acres of wildlife habitat. Visitors often see wildlife such as Bald Eagles, White-tailed Deer, Coyotes, and River Otter. The website’s maps page will get you to each unit of the refuge.

Ranger on Call
Visit the National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area Web Site

Location: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Follow the directions at each Ranger On Call station and use your phone to hear the unique stories of our national park on the Mississippi River. Station locations include Bruce Vento, Coldwater Spring, Downtown Minneapolis and more. Check out this website for more information.

Explore Nature
Visit the Carver County Parks Web Site

Location: Carver County Parks

Check out this webpage for complete datails on the Park & Trail system in Carver County. Explore Nature and experience the beauty around you!

Play areas in Washington County
Visit the Washington County Parks Division Web Site

Location: Big Marine & Lake Elmo Park Reserves & Cottage Grove Ravine & St Croix Bluffs Regional Parks

Playing free in the outdoors is one of the greatest joys of childhood. Washington County Parks provide play structures, ball fields, open fields, beaches, and woods to keep youngsters moving and intrigurd for manu hours of play. Check out this website for more information.

Play areas in Dakota County
Visit the Dakota County Parks Web Site

Location: Parks around Dakota County

Children will enjoy playing on bridges, slides, swings, platforms, towers, monkey bars and more on the play areas within Dakota County. See this website for locations.

Explore Nature
Visit the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center Web Site

Location: Outdoor Center-Eden Prairie

A wide range of activities are available at the Outdoor Center in Eden Prairie. See this website for more information.

Parks in Inver Grove Heights
Visit the Inver Grove Heights Parks Web Site

Location: Parks all over Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove Heights has numerous parks and play areas all around the city. See this website for locations.

Nature Play at Wargo Nature Center
Visit the Joseph E. Wargo Nature Center Web Site

Location: Wargo Nature Center-Lino Lakes

Come explore nature at Wargo! See this website for more information.

Explore Nature
Visit the Westwood Hills Nature Center Web Site

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center-St. Louis Park

Explore nature at Westwood Hills! See this website for more information.

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