Three Rivers Park District events

Slacklining Sept. 20 at French Regional Park

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Slacklining 101” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Rd., in Plymouth.

Slacklining develops coordination, increases endurance and concentration, tones muscles and more as participants balance themselves across a two-inch-wide line.

Cost is $5, and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

‘Seed Safari’ Sept. 24

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Kits & Cubs – Seed Safari” 1-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Lowry Nature Center in Victoria.

Drop off your preschooler to discover how seeds travel. Meet different seeds hands-on and learn how they take a “vacation” to a new place, then hike outside in search of seeds.

Cost is $10 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

Seed collection Sept. 29 at Lowry Center

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a prairie seed collection 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Lowry Nature Center.

Assist wildlife staff in collecting hundreds of pounds of wildflower seed for prairie restoration and enhancement projects. Training and collection bags provided.

Volunteers much be 16-years-old or older, or be accompanied by an adult. Groups are welcome but must have at least one adult per eight youths.

Minors need a permission form for participation. To register, call 763-559-6706.

Scouting programs at French Regional Park

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a series of scouting programs.

“Girl Scouts: Kayaking” 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at French Regional Park in Plymouth.

Spend an evening learning the basics of kayaking including multiple paddle strokes and water safety with instructors. Finish the lesson with a scenic paddle along the shoreline of Medicine Lake. All equipment provided.

Cost is $12 and reservations are required. Call 63-559-6700 to make reservations.

“Boy Scouts: Kayaking” 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at French Regional Park in Plymouth.

Cost is $12 and reservations are required.

Homeschool programs through Three Rivers

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a series of homeschool programs.

“Water: Life Under the Water” 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 24, at Lowry Nature Center in Victoria.

Come explore the world of water – its properties, the many different places it’s found and how it ties into every aspect of life.

Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

“Kayaking” 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 26, at French Regional Park in Plymouth.

Discover kayaking with this beginning course that focuses on technique, safety and the joy of being out on the water. Learn about equipment, how to get in and out properly and how to be safe on the water. Become skilled at beginning paddling strokes including going forward, turning and stopping. All equipment provided.

Cost is $15 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

Prairie seed collection Sept. 18 at Baker

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Prairie Seed Collection” 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Baker Park Reserve, 2309 Baker Park Rd., in Maple Plain.

Assist wildlife staff in collecting hundreds of pounds of wildflower seed for prairie restoration and enhancement projects. Training and collection bags are provided.

Volunteers must be 16 or older or accompanied by a responsible adult. Groups are welcome but must have at least one adult per eight youths. This program is for age 12-years and older. Minors need a permission form for participation. To register, call 763-559-6706.

‘Festival of Lights’ at Baker Park Reserve

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Festival of Lights” beginning 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 30, at Baker Park Reserve.

Check in Friday and decorate your site. Prizes awarded for best site decoration. Campsite judging begins at dusk on Saturday. Saturday afternoon family activities begin at 1 p.m. and include crafts, face painting, climbing wall and more.

Campsite judging limited to camp loops A, B, G, H and J. Campground check-in begins daily at 4 p.m.

Camping fee plus $15 program fee applies with each campsite reservation at Baker Campground. Call 763-559-6700 to reserve a campsite.

Seed collection Sept. 25 at Baker Park

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a prairie seed collection 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Baker Park Reserve in Medina.

Assist wildlife staff in collecting hundreds of pounds of wildflower seed for prairie restoration and enhancement projects. Training and collection bags are provided.

Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, or accompanied by an adult. Groups are welcome but must have at least one adult per eight youths. Minors need a permission form for participation. To register, call 763-559-6706.

Three Rivers’ homeschool programs

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a series of homeschool programs.

“Water: Wetlands, Streams and Ponds” 10 a.m. to noon Monday Sept. 17, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Explore the world of water – its properties, the many different places it’s found and how it ties into every aspect of life.

Cost is $4 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

“Farm BioScience – Fall” 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Co Rd. 110 W., in Minnetrista.

Join Gale Woods’ farmers in exploring the various biological concepts and ecosystems of the farm. High school and college biology concepts will be covered. Fall curriculum will cover soil, composting, water quality and animal breeding.

Spring curriculum will cover plant and animal genetics. This is a drop-off program.

Cost is $80 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations. This program is for ages 12-16-years-old.

“Hoofs and Halters – Fall” 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Co Rd. 110 W., in Minnetrista.

Harvest dinner Sept. 22 at Gale Woods

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Chef’s Harvest Celebration Dinner” 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Co Rd. 110 W., in Minnetrista.

Join for an evening of food, a cooking lesson and music as Gale Woods Chef Mary Jane Miller hosts a progressive dinner on the farm.

Dine your way from the wood-fired pizza oven in the herb garden through the pastures on a wagon tour, appetizers and music at the chicken coop and then settle into the harvest kitchen set with long tables filled with the farm’s bounty.

Miller will demonstrate how the dinner was cooked so it can be recreated at home. An array of desserts and coffee by a bonfire on the patio will end the meal. You are welcome to bring your own wine to enjoy with dinner.

Cost is $50 and reservations are required by Sept. 18. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

This is the Farm’s Animal Science program, and will cover animal husbandry, animal systems and animal breeding. This is a drop-off program.

Cost is $80 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations. This program is for ages 10-14-years-old.

‘Preserving the Harvest’ Sept. 17

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Eat, Play & Grow: Preserving the Harvest” 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 Co Rd. 110 W., in Minnetrista.

Come see how easy it can be to teach your child healthy habits by promoting physical activity through play and experiment with farm-fresh recipes that inspire healthy eating.

Each class will include games, play and a meal you and your child help create. Maximum three children per adult.

Cost is $12 and reservations are required by Sept. 15. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

‘Habitats’ Sept. 17 at Lowry Nature Center

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Kits and Cubs – Habitats” 1-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Drop off your preschooler to explore the three main habitats in Carver Park. Visit a lake, a prairie and a forest to learn what makes each habitat special and discover who lives there.

Cost is $10 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

Kayak tour on Lake Minnetonka Sept. 29

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a series of kayak tours on Lake Minnetonka.

“Fall Colors Kayak Tour on Lake Minnetonka for Women” 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park in Minnetrista.

Paddle the secluded islands and bays of Lake Minnetonka while taking in the fall foliage. Take a side trip to Wawatasso Island and learn some history of the Upper Lake. Previous paddling experience required. All equipment is provided.

Cost is $45 and reservations are required.

“Fall Colors Kayak Tour” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park in Minnetrista.

Cost is $45 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

Celebrate Fall Equinox Sept. 22 at Lowry

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Fall Equinox Family Celebration: Balance” 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Celebrate the day of equal daylight and darkness while trying to balance on an obstacle course, measure your shadow and find balance of mind while walking on a seed corn labyrinth.

Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

‘Harvest Hoedown’ set

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Harvest Hoedown” 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Gale Woods Farm in Minnestrista.

Enjoy string band music and learn the basics of easy and fun family folk dancing. Take a wagon ride, meet the farm animals and explore the farm. Farm-raised concessions will be available for an additional fee.

Cost is $6 and proceeds will go to support the Three Rivers Park District Wonder Fund scholarship program.

Fall festival Sept. 29 at Nature Center

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Fall Colors Festival” noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lowry Nature Center in Victoria.

Enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride, visit an active beehive and sample extracted honey. Press and taste old-fashioned apple cider and make a leaf print painting and simple kite. Campfires with a hot dog and apple cider will be provided.

Cost is $7 and children younger than two-years-old are free. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. All proceeds from the event will support the Three Rivers Park District Wonder Fund.

Campfire cookout Sept. 16 at Baker

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Progressive Campfire Cookout” 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, 4001 County Road 24, in Maple Plain.

The entire meal, from appetizers to desserts, will be prepared outside over the campfire. Cook and eat your way from one campfire ring to the next during this hands-on wilderness feast.

Cost is $12 for adults, $8 for children three to 15-years-old and children younger than two are free. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 763-599-6700 to make reservations.

Family canoeing class Sept. 15 at French

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a family canoeing program 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Rd., in Plymouth.

This lesson for beginners is designed around having fun, being safe and learning proper paddling techniques. Participants will learn water safety, entering and exiting a canoe and different paddle strokes.

Cost is $15 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.

Archery for women Sept. 23 at Carver

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Archery for Women” 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 23, at Carver Park Reserve in Victoria.

Learn proper shooting techniques using a Matthews Genesis compound bow. You will practice on the Carver Park Archery Range, which includes an elevated platform and distance targets. After practice, you will venture out to the walk-around course. All equipment provided.

Cost is $10 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

 

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