Enjoy Mother Nature with Mom

First flower
Spring wildflowers at Wild River State Park

Forget brunch. Celebrate Mother's Day this weekend by getting Mom outside.

There are several great events and activities happening in parks along the St. Croix River this weekend, an easy drive from the Twin Cities and perfect for a day trip.

Consider combining a visit to a park with a stop at one of the rural pottery studios in the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, happening all weekend. The 21st year of this tour will feature 42 potters at seven host studios.

1. Friday: Sing along with spring

What Mom doesn't want some peace and quiet? Head to Interstate State Park on the St. Croix on Friday night to join a park naturalist for a one-hour, one-mile walk to take in the sounds of spring, including birds and frogs.

After Supper Stroll: Spring Symphonies
Interstate State Park
Friday, May 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Meet at the park office

2. Saturday: Photograph nature's beauty

Maybe you're giving Mom a new camera this year so she can preserve all your family's memories. She might want to take pictures of someone besides you at some point, though. A digital photography workshop at Afton State Park will give her the knowledge she needs.

Nature Photography - Digital Bridge to Nature
Afton State Park
Saturday, May 11, 2 to 3 p.m.
Meet at the visitor center, cameras available for use

3. Sunday: Stop and smell the wildflowers

Maybe you can do this if you forget to buy her a bouquet. Head to Wild River State Park for a hike guided by a "wildflower enthusiast and orchid surveyor." A highlight will certailny be the delicate spring ephemerals, the first flows to appear each year.

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk
Wild River State Park
Sunday, May 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hikes will vary by length and difficulty based on attendance.

Bonus: There is also a wildflower walk at Interstate State Park on Sunday, from 2 - 3 p.m. Meet at the boat landing amphitheater.

4. Sunday: Welcome back feathered friends

The return of warblers from their winter nesting grounds is a sure sign of spring. Learn all about the birds and their migration with a naturalist at Afton State Park while enjoying a hike through this popular park.

Warbler Wanderings
Afton State Park
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Limited number of binoculars available for use
Meet at the visitor center

Choose your own adventure

Check out the State Parks events calendar for even more opportunities all over the state.

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