Three Rivers Park District events

Winter pond study Jan. 12 at Lowry Center

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Winter Pond Study” 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Make predictions on ice thickness, water temperature and whether or not we’ll find anything swimming around beneath the ice. Then head outside to find out what actually is happening at the pond during the winter months.

Drill holes in the ice, collect water samples to look at under microscopes and find out how turtles survive under water during hibernation.

Cost is $5.

‘Warm up the Barn’ Jan. 15 at Gale Woods

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Lil’ Farmhands – Warm up the Barn” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., in Minnetrista.

Drop off your preschooler to dig right into the day-to-day life of the farm. Every day your child will lend a hand with farm chores and prepare a farm-fresh snack. Program activities will focus on “Warm up the Barn” for the first three weeks, and “Frost Farm Fun” for the second three weeks. Sign up for the whole series or each class individually.

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

Cross-country ski lessons Jan. 19

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a series of cross-country skiing classes.

Ski-Skating I: Basics –  9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Learn beginning ski-skating techniques including efficient edging, gliding and control. Prior classic skiing experience is recommended.

Cost is $37 with ski rental.

Classic Beginner I: Basics – 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

This class covers cross-country skiing basics including putting on equipment, falling down and getting up, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and a brief introduction to small hills. For novice skiers and those who want to review.

Cost is $18 or $28 with ski rental.

Scouting programs through Three Rivers

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

Webelos: Forester Badge – 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, 4001 County Road 24, in Maple Plain.

With a naturalist, investigate the forest and identify trees and plants. Discover how animals and people depend on trees. Look at tree rings and learn how to read them. This program is on snowshoes, if weather permits.

Cost is $5, and for ages 8-13.

Webelos: Ice Fishing – noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Rd., in Plymouth.

Learn what equipment is needed to have a successful ice fishing trip. See types of lures and bait, use an ice auger and go inside a fish house. Class includes ice and cold weather safety and emergency response. After instructions, participants will have a hands-on experience fishing from freshly-cut holes in the ice.

All equipment is provided. Cost is $8 and this program is for ages 9-17.

Juniors and Cadettes: Ice Fishing – noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Rd., in Plymouth.

All equipment is provided. Cost is $8 and this program is for ages 9-14. Reservations are required.

Learn about owls Jan. 14 at Lowry Center

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Kits and Cubs: Owls” 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Drop off your preschooler to explore the world of owls. Meet a live owl and discover these creatures of the night, what they eat, how they hunt and where they live. Make a craft and end the day with a story.

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

‘Lowry Little Ones’ Jan. 14 at Lowry

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Lowry Little Ones: Hooting Owls” 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

Explore Minnesota owls with your preschool during hands-on activities indoors. Touch real owl feathers and feet, and then meet a live owl up close. After, head outside to search for owl homes and hoot like owls.

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

Homeschool programs set in Three Rivers

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

Food Science (ages 6-9) and (ages 10-14) – 1-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., in Minnetrista.

Join Gale Woods farmers in investigating the science behind why bread rises, milk curdles and more. After investigating the science behind foods, spend time caring for the animals and explore Gale Woods outdoors. This is a drop-off program. Reservations are required by Jan. 10. Cost is $40.

Bird banding Jan. 19 at Lowry Nature Center

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a bird-banding program 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 19, at Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., in Victoria.

See wild songbirds up close as they are safely trapped, studied and tagged with numbered rings. Learn how to identify birds in the hand. You may even get a chance to hear a bird’s heartbeat and help release the bird. Drop in anytime.

The program is free and open to all ages.

Bike race at Lake Minnetonka Regional

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting the fourth annual mountain bike ice race 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 19, at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, 4610 County Road 44, in Minnetrista.

Preregister and save. Cost is $20 for those who preregister and $25 for those who register the day of the event. To preregister, call 763-559-6700. The race is open to those 18 years and older, and helmets are required.

 

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