For the Kids

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule: Read more about State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

The Great Maple Grove Geocache Adventure

36 caches in 36 square miles (not necessarily one per mile!)

Register your team here
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Event caches may contain hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards and certificates for area shops and restaurants (replenished throughout the event period).

The first 50 geocachers to submit a completed passport will receive a commemorative event coin and be part of a drawing for grand prizes from REI.

Ready, Set... Read more about The Great Maple Grove Geocache Adventure

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17  Bring the kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fun rainbow puppet show. Create a festive craft and go on a hike to find hidden greens in honor of the holiday. There will also be an opportunity to find a shamrock and follow rainbow colors to discover gold nuggets on the other side! Reservations are required, phone reservations only. Ages 2–6. Twenty percent discount for groups of four or more. 763.559.6700. Read more about St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Owl Birthday Party

Celebrate the great horned owl’s hatching with cake and ice cream. There will be a fun puppet show, the chance to make a “bird-day” card and a time to design your own owl birthday party hat! Play some fun owl-themed games too! The whole day will be a hoot. Reservations required. Ages 3-5 with an adult. 763.559.6700. Read more about Owl Birthday Party

Winter Play

Who needs summer to play outside? Minnesota provides a perfect, snowy environment to get outdoors. Bundle up, put on some boots and forget about the elements while having fun. Slide “snow snakes” across the frozen pond and play other nature-inspired games. Parents and children can both come to play together. 763.559.6700. Read more about Winter Play

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