Nine Highlights from This Weekend's State Park Programs

The weather forecast is about as fine as you can get in Minnesota, and adventure awaits. Winter will be here before we know it, so get out there and make some summery memories.

Here are our top picks for the weekend ahead. Go ahead, pack a picnic and head out, you can mow the lawn another time.

Twin Cities Area

If Rivers Could Talk

Fort Snelling State Park, Minneapolis

Saturday, August 3rd, 11 a.m. to noon

Nestled among the Minnesota and Mississippi River, Fort Snelling State Park has seen its share of changes. We will walk through the floodplain and discuss some of the history the area has seen. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to: Glaciers and waterfalls, Dakota people, fur trade, Historic Fort Snelling, and transportation. Meet at Visitor Center.

The Fur Post Is Open

Wild River State Park, North Branch

Friday, August 2, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Grab your beaver pelts and bring them in for trade at the fur post tonight! Voyageurs of all ages are welcome to come discover the fur trade era during this fun and interactive activity with character Antoine St. Croix around the glowing campfire. Marshmallows provided for those with or without pelts to trade.

Scavenger Hunt

Gateway Trail, North St. Paul

Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to noon

Find the Naturalist on the trail, pick up a scavenger hunt sheet, find the items while on the trail and bring back your completed sheet for a prize! Look for the Naturalist tent along the Gateway Trail near the parking area in North St Paul.

Amazing Park Race

William O’Brien, Marine on St. Croix

Saturday, August 3, 1 p.m.

Grab a partner, or your family, as we go on an amazing race in the park! Just like the show, there will be puzzles to solve and activities to complete to get the next clue! Finish the activities first and arrive at the pit stop and you could be the winner! Space is limited and prizes will be given, so sign-up at the Main Park office to start your Amazing Park Race! We will meet at the Riverside Amphitheater in the picnic grounds.

Northeast

Jay Cooke State Park, Duluth

Friday, August 2, 8 to 9 p.m.

The flood of 2012 severely damaged the park and changed how it looks forever. Join us for this program that will use photos and video to showcase what was damaged and how the park plans on recovering. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.

Shipwrecks of Lake Superior

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors

Saturday, August 3, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dive into the past to uncover and hear the stories of the ships taken by Lake Superior and how the gales of November came early. Meet in the Trail Center.

Northwest

Bison

Buffalo River State Park, Moorhead

Friday, August 2, 7: 30 p.m.

Join the Park's interpretive staff for a talk about the iconic bison herds that once roamed the prairies and woodlands of Buffalo River State Park. The program is being held in the WPA Interpretive Center, located in the picnic grounds.

Southeast

Fossil Field Trip

Whitewater State Park, Winona

Saturday, August 3, 3 p.m.

On this trip you will find, and can keep, fossils of plants and animals that lived here hundreds of millions of years ago. They were on earth long before the dinosaurs! Bring transportation, as the site is nine miles from the park.

Central

Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

Itasca State Park

Sunday, August 4, 7 to 9 p.m.

Jim and Molly are returning to perform familiar folk and folk rock songs in historic Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge). This Minnesota-based duo, with Jim playing acoustic guitar will share stories and songs and of course they will have to share the "Jim and Molly Bauer concert" collector T-shirts! Concert is free! (There will be a brief intermission during this concert.)

There are many more events and programs to choose from. Check out the full calendar here.

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