Outdoors

Dog playing outdoors in the snow

With many Minnesotans sticking closer to home during the pandemic, folks have been looking for inspired ways to use their newfound time and engage in socially-distanced endeavors. For some, that meant welcoming pets into their homes.

Andy Spence-Parsons sails with the Wayzata Yacht Club

Maple Grove man sets his course on adventure.

A snowboarder goes airborne at the Elm Creek Park Reserve

From skiing to tubing and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Maple Grove’s Elm Creek Park Reserve.

Potted plants sit on a deck, the fruits of a summer camp activity for kids.

The question perplexes most parents as summer rolls around: How will I keep the kids busy?

Running in the Snow, Outdoors, Winter

Despite the holidays appearing long in the distance of life's rearview mirror, winter still has the state in its icy clutches.

Hiking trails in Minnesota

Are you eager to leave cabin fever behind and seek outdoor adventures as spring beckons?

Little Boy Ice Skating in a Hockey Uniform

This picture placed first in the Activities & Events category for the 2018 Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.

What do people in MN highly enjoy in September? Fall weather? Sure. Kids back at school? Absolutely! My birthday? Obviously. Most of all, people go bonkers for “Oktoberfest” beers. Why the quotation marks? Well, many breweries are doing different styles around the time of Oktoberfest.

“A few years ago, my friend in Buffalo did a 5K and said she runs with her girlfriends in the area. I thought to myself, ‘I wish I had something like that in Maple Grove.’ It’s not like you can be a creeper on a trail, meet someone running, and then ask if you can join them!”

Sometimes we just need a little nudge—a tiny bit of inspiration to get us up and out into the pastoral vistas of Maple Grove. Thankfully, the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation services offers opportunities for walking and biking that encourage participants to get a move on!

Spend a Saturday morning learning all about dragonflies and their unusual life cycles at the Dragonfly Festival from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. July 7 at the Eastman Nature Center ($5). All ages can visit the dragonfly tent.

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