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Anoka County Parks
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Anoka County Parks covers over 10,000 acres and offers a wide variety of activities for Families to enjoy.

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Camp Fire
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Camp Fire provides young people with the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within. For 100 years Camp Fire has worked to provide quality programming to young people through our club camps. In Minnesota, we do this through 2 core programs: Outdoor Programs & Community Programs.

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Carver County Parks
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Carver County Parks offers a variety of family activities. They operate Baylor, Lake Minnewashta and Waconia Regional Parks. At their GocarverGo website at: www.gocarvergo.org   you can see the activities available in each community in Carver County

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City of Edina
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The City operates and maintains nearly 40 parks and recreational facilities including Arneson Acres, Braemar Park, Braemar Golf Courses and Dome, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina Aquatic Center, Edina Senior Center, indoor Edinborough Park and a dozen warming houses. Check out this website for more information on parks and recreation areas in Edina.

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City of Richfield
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Richfield has 450 acres of park land over 23 different parks providing diverse amenities. Check out this website for more information on parks in Richfield. 

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City of Shakopee
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The Parks & Recration Department provides services to residents and guests that help make Shakopee a great place to play!

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Dakota County Parks
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Dakota County Parks have six parks and three regional trails available for use by families.  "Forever Wild" is their motto. Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in Dakota County with over 2000 acres of land. 

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Dodge Nature Center
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Located on 320 acres in the heart of West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, Dodge Nature Center provides a glimpse into the diverse and beautiful natural heritage of St. Paul and a place where you and your family can enjoy nature all year long.

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Eden Prairie
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Eden Prairie has more than 1,000 acres of active use parkland. Bikers, hikers, and walkers enjoy the nearly 200 miles of sidewalks and trails around the city. Check out this website for information on the many parks in Eden Prairie.

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Eden Prairie Outdoor Center
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The Eden Prairie Outdoor Center is a refurbished cabin located on the north shore of Staring Lake offering a wide range of classes, workshops, trips and activities in outdoor recreation and environmental education.

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Inver Grove Heights Parks
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Inver Grove Heights provides the community with a variety of sports and recreational programs, as well as numerous special events and outings. We have something for people of all ages! Check out our great youth and adult programs and sports, have your next party at our water park or outdoor parks or work out in our fitness center! 

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Jeffers Foundation
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Sponsoring Partner for FamiliesOutdoors.Org

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Joseph E. Wargo Nature Center
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Wargo Nature Center located in Lino Lakes in Anoka County is part of the 5,000 acre Rice Creek Chain. A virtual tour of this area is available on this website

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Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center
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Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center is managed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. It is the oldest Nature Center in the state. Warner Nature Center has 13 captive animals that were unable to survive in the wild. It also has an extensive collection of Mounted animals and birds. Although a private Nature Center they offer several programs that are available for families

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Maplewood Nature Center
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Maplewood Nature Center is the home base for "Neighborhood Preserves" which includes 14 sites around Maplewood for you and your family to hike together.  

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Midwest Mountaineering
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Located in the Cedar-Riverside area, Midwest Mountaineering is a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, providing the best gear and clothing for adventure travel, backpacking, canoeing, cross country skiing, frisbee golf, hiking, ice climbing, kiting, mountaineering, nordic skating, nordic walking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, telemark skiing, ultralight backpacking, and whitewater kayaking. 

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Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
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The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.

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Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE)
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MAEE is working to connect every child to nature, get people outside and develop environmental ethics in the youth and adults of Minnesota. Our members include classroom teachers and administrators, non-formal educators, outdoor recreation providers, natural resource professionals, naturalists and allies.

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Minnesota Astronomical Society
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Since 1972, the Minnesota Astronomical Society has been making the wonders of the cosmos available to the public. We are one of the largest and most active amateur astronomy organizations in the United States. We welcome you to experience all that is in the universe!

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Minnesota Orienteering Club
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The Minnesota Orienteering Club is a group of orienteering enthusiasts volunteering their efforts to promote the enjoyment of their favorite sport within Minnesota and the neighboring states. Orienteering is the skill of navigating your way through an orienteering course in the woods/park using a map and compass. It is a year round activity that attracts both recreational (families) and competitive (race) participants of all ages and abilities. The meets are casual and you need no previous experience to participate.

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Mississippi Park Connection
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As the charitable partner of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Mississippi Park Connection is committed to preserving, protecting, and enjoying the Mississippi River, the national park that runs through the Twin Cities. See website for ways to experience this National Park!

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MN Department of Natural Resources
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides hundreds of outdoors recreational opportunities at over 100 State Parks and also provides training and mentoring for many outdoors activities for adults and children.

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MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge
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The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of only a handful of urban national wildlife refuges in the nation, a place where coyotes, bald eagles, badgers, and beavers live next door to three million people.To see all Wildlife Refuges in Minnesota click on the following link: www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps/Minnesota.html

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National Park Service - National River and Recreation Area
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There are 5 National Parks in Minnesota that welcome over 500,000 visitors a year.The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area includes 72 miles of the Mississippi River that stretches from Dayton/Ramsey to south of Hastings.

Many family activities await you in this area.

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Ney Nature Center
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Ney Nature Center is home to 446 acres of all the natural world has to offer - forests, prairie, meadows, bluffs, creeks, and a variety of wildlife. Conveniently located halfway between the Twin Cities and Mankato with access from Hwy 169, the Ney Nature Center has something for everyone!

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Pheasants Forever
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Pheasants Forever supports programs that not only support hunting, but also ones that help maintain a healthy habitat for birds. Part of their mission is youth and education and they are the creators of the "No Child Left Indoors" initiative.

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Ramsey County Parks and Recreation
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Ramsey County offers a variety of "Green Spaces, Fun Places, Active Lives" that can be enjoyed by ALL Families.

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Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
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The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is located in the eastern Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area. Check out this website and follow the links to get detailed District information, and find out how you can help improve the quality of our lakes and streams.

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REI
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REI has 3 locations in the Twin Cities area. Each location offers courses and events for Families including camping, climbing, biking and other outdoor activities. 

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Scott County Parks and Trails
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Scott County and Three Rivers Park District have joined together to develop outdoors activities for residents of Scott County and the region. Many Family activities are available in Scott County. Check this website for more information.

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St. Paul Parks and Recreation
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St. Paul Parks and Recreation manages more than 170 parks and open spaces, has over 100 miles of trails and more than 17 miles of Mississippi River riverfront as well as the accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

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Tamarack Nature Center
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Tamarack Nature Center is a 320 acre nature preserve within Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park within Ramsey County. More than four miles of wood-chipped paths, paved trails and boardwalks provide year-round access to forests, prairies, ponds and the Discovery Hollow and Garden natural play area.  

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The City of Savage Minnesota
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The City of Savage partnered with Jeffers Foundation to build the LEEDS GOLD CERTIFIED McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center where many fun and educational activities are held including the annual Nature Fest. Savage also offers quality year-round recreation for all ages.

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Three Rivers Park District
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Three Rivers Park District is a park system in the west suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area of Minnesota. They manage almost 27,000 acres of park reserves, regional parks, regional trails, and special-use facilities. The name "Three Rivers" comes from the parks' geography, situated within the watersheds that flow into three significant rivers to this region: the Mississippi, the Minnesota and the Crow.

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Washington County Parks Division
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Washington County offers Families a variety of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the many natural resources available. Several parks and trails are available for use by families throughout the year. 

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Westwood Hills Nature Center
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Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors’ understanding and appreciation of our natural world. Parking and admission are free. Wood chip trails, accessible hard surface trails and boardwalks are open from dawn to dusk year-round.

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Wilderness Inquiry
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We are a non-profit adventure travel organization on a mission to connect everyone to great places through activities such as sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, safaris and dogsledding. We believe exploration of the natural world is a birthright we all share, and we act on that belief. Check out this website for more information on Wilderness Inquiry.

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Wood Lake Nature Center
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Woodlake Nature Center is supported and operated by the City of Richfield. Its mission is to provide the public with high quality environmental and recreational experiences.

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