Three Rivers Park District events

Beginning spinning March 23 at Gale Woods

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Beginning Spinning” 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Gale Woods Farm in Minnestrista.

Join Wendy J. Johnson, fiber artist and author, to learn the basic skills of spinning using a spinning wheel from preparing raw fiber to spinning it into your own, unique yarn. Materials are provided.

Cost is $45 and reservations are required by March 19. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

Turkey hunting clinic at Baker Settlement

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources turkey hunting clinic 6-9 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Medina.

Learn about the biology and behaviors of wild turkeys. The clinic will cover turkey management, hunting behavior and equipment, calling techniques and more. This clinic is presented by DNR-certified instructors.

Cost is $7.50 and open to ages 11 and older.

Maple syrup in Three Rivers

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting a series of programs on maple syrup.

“Make your own Maple Syrup” 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.

Learn the all the steps in the process, be able to buy a few simple supplies to get started and learn some recipes for using maple syrup on more than pancakes.

Cost is $8 and reservations are required by March 21. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

“Family Maple Syruping – with Green Pancakes” 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at French Regional Park in Plymouth.

Tap a tree, collect the sap and watch as it’s boiled down to maple syrup. Make maple sugar and discover how Native Americans and the early settlers used this natural resource to help sustain their way of life. Sample the natural sweetness of the parks by enjoying some green pancakes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations.

“Maple Syrup Festival at Baker” 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Medina.

Bring the entire family for an afternoon of maple syruping. Tap a tree, collect sap, taste real maple syrup, boil down the sap, eat silver dollar pancakes and discover Native American syruping techniques.

Cost is $5 and children under 2-years-old are admitted free. This program is open to all ages.

Homeschool GPS program at Baker

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Homeschool: Technology in Nature – GPS and Digital Nature Photography” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Medina.

Focus on using technology in nature by discovering the art of nature photography. Students will produce a framed nature photo. Learn how to navigate using the global positioning system and find hidden geocaches within Baker Park. All equipment is provided. Bring a snack lunch.

Cost is $10 and this program is for ages 8-16-years-old.

‘Chickens in your Backyard’ March 23 at Gale Woods

The Three Rivers Park District is hosting “Chickens in your Backyard” 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista.

Farm Supervisor Tim Reese will teach everything needed to know about raising chickens. Vicki Black, author of “Young Chicken Farmers,” will also lead educational activities for kids and share her tips on getting them involved in raising chickens.

Cost is $8 and reservations are required by March 21. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.

Campground reservations open March 11

Three Rivers Park District’s campground reservations open 8 a.m. Monday, March 11, for Baker Campground, Lake Auburn Campground and Clearly Lake Campground.

Due to high demand, the park district strongly encourages people to reserve their spots early, especially for a holiday weekend. Campgrounds open April 29.

Three Rivers is offering mid-week campers a half-off a second night. Offer valid Sundays to Thursdays.

Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations or visit threeriversparks.org.

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