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Top 10 Free or Low-Cost January Events in Three Rivers Parks

From squirrel appreciation day to a snowman-making contest, Three Rivers Park District hosts several free and low-cost events for community members in January 2013.

The following was provided by Three Rivers Park District. For more information, visit threerivers.org or call 763-559-9000.

Feeding Frenzy

Sunday, Jan. 13, from 1-3 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Look on as the salamanders snack, toad and turtles taste, and frogs feed. Watch the snacking snakes. Different animals will be fed throughout the afternoon. Bring a camera for up-close photos. Drop in anytime. This program is free and open to all ages.

Backyard Birds

Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3-4 p.m., at Richardson Nature Center, in Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. Drop in anytime. Watch winter birds through the Wildlife Viewing Room windows as they visit the feeders for food, heated pond for water, and shrubs for shelter. This program is free and open to all ages.

Bird Banding

See wild songbirds up close as they are being safely trapped, studied, tagged with numbered rings and released. On Saturday, Jan.  19, from 9 a.m. – noon, at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton, you will learn how to identify birds in the hand. Open to all ages.  Bird banding will also take place the same day and time at Lowery Nature Center in Victoria.

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Brooklyn Center. Learn why squirrels test our limits. Enjoy watching squirrel antics. Take up the challenge to design a squirrel-proof feeder. Race to find “acorns” and test your wits on a squirrel trail. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #116901-26. This program is open to all ages.

Deer Watch

Saturday, Jan. 19, from 4-5 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Watch for deer in the nature center’s wildlife area. Observe the subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors deer use to communicate with each other. Touch and look at deer antlers and pelts. Be prompt and quiet as you enter the nature center so the deer are not frightened away. This program is free and open to all ages.

Let's Get StARTed - Winter

Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1-3 p.m., at Silverwood Park, St. Anthony. Ever wonder how animals fare in the coldest months of winter? Provide some rare treats for winter wildlife with art for the outdoors that's sure to liven your landscape. During this monthly program families can drop in and try their hand at something new, check out the current show in the gallery, and explore the grounds.

Critters Close-Up

Sunday, Jan. 20, from 3-4 p.m., at Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington. Meet reptiles and amphibians. A naturalist will introduce many of the live animals that are on display at the nature center. Participants will get a chance to ask questions about the animals, learn how they live and what they eat. Drop in anytime.

Silverwood Snowman Making Contest

Monday, Jan. 21, from 1-3 p.m. at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony. Get creative and build a snowman, snow-woman, or snow monster. Bring your shovels, props, and natural materials from home to accessorize your snow-being. Cross your fingers for snow, all levels of snowman building experience welcome. Enter as a team or individual, judging will take place at 3 p.m.. - Certificates will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. Photos of the winning entries will be on display. Following the award ceremony enjoy marshmallow roasting on the patio and the Roe Family Singers in concert in the Great Hall.

Winter Beach Party

Friday, Jan. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Dig for seashells, play beach games, race minnows, and learn to hula. Bring your camera to take a picture of your beach bums dressed up in tropical attire. Enjoy live animals, face painting, and tropical crafts. Snack provided; feel free to bring a beach-side picnic. Wear a swimsuit and get a prize! $5/child age 2+, $3/adult, children under 2 are free. Drop in any time.

Wagon Rides & Ice Harvest Day

Saturday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at  Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington. Use real ice tools and try your hand at harvesting with ice harvesting historian Tim Graf and costumed interpreters from The Landing. Learn about water quality and ice safety. Cut blocks of ice with an old-fashioned ice saw, pull an antique ice plow, and weigh blocks of ice. Enjoy a wagon ride pulled by Percheron horses. Keep warm with outdoor campfires or go indoors for hot cocoa. Cost is $7 per person. Drop in anytime.

mk55407 April 23, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Appreciate Squirrels. I have added this Squirrel feeder to my backyard. http://www.birdfeedersnmore.com/teeter-totter-corn-feeder.aspx

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