Tuesday, April 9, 2013
This year’s six Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients have contributed more than 4,335 hours of volunteer service to the Park District.
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Tuesday, April 9
Information provided by Three Rivers Park District. In recognition of their contributions to Three Rivers Park District, six volunteers have been awarded the Park District’s Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. “The Distinguished Volunteer Service Award is a way to acknowledge outstanding representatives of our dedicated park volunteers,” said Deb Vosler, volunteer coordinator for the Park District. “In 2012, 811 ongoing volunteers donated more than 32,400 hours to programs and services within the park system. We simply would not be able to deliver the number of high-quality programs and services to the public without them.” This year’s six Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients have contributed more than 4,335 hours of …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Race proceeds from the April 20, 2013 event are donated to Three Rivers Park District’s Adaptive Equipment Fund.
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Sunday, April 7
Information provided by Three Rivers Park District. Trail Mix Race Minnesota Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Hyland Lake Park Reserve Join the tradition and support a great cause. Three different cross-country trail races are offered: 50K Ultra (solo), 25K (solo), and 50K Team (4-person teams/12.5K each runner). The course is run over hill and dale on wood chip and grass trails past peaceful lakes and open prairie. Each loop is 12.5K (7.75 mi) with three water and snack stops per loop. See course map. Race proceeds are donated to Three Rivers Park District’s Adaptive Equipment Fund. See more information on accessibility in Three Rivers. Visit the Three Rivers Park District website for entry forms and more information.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Get outdoors in the parks April 21-27, 2013.
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Saturday, April 6
Information provided by Three Rivers Park District. Walk with a Naturalist Sunday, April 21, from 1-2 p.m., at Silverwood Park, St. Anthony. Take a guided walk along Silverwood’s trails. Come every month to experience how the park and its animal residents change throughout the year. Bring binoculars if you have them. Stay after to take part in our monthly Let’s Get StARTed activity. This program is free and open to all ages. Celebrate Earth Day! Sunday, April 21, from 2-4 p.m., at Richardson Nature Center, in Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. Celebrate Earth Day outdoors. Catch pond critters with a net, bring rubber boots to muck in the pond, and play in the Off-Trail Nature Exploration Area. Also, explore exhibits inside the nature …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Baby lambs, farm-fresh pancakes, wool crafts and farm games kept kids outside and busy Tuesday morning.
Kids arrived at Gale Woods Farm by the bus load Tuesday morning for "Farmyard Fun Day." Highlighting the spring tradition: a growing brood of infant lambs—three of which were born just hours before kids stormed the barn. With several Lake Minnetonka area school districts on spring break, parents also found an educational activity at a reasonable price ($5). Gale Woods Farm, which is operated by the Three Rivers Park District, gave kids a chance to check the hen coop for eggs, make a bracelet from recently-shorn wool and whip up fresh pancakes using ingredients gathered from the farm. It was the baby lambs, however, that commanded the most attention, and farm volunteers allowed kids to briefly pet the new arrivals and take photos with them …
Kids can meet farm animals and their babies, get their hands dirty, taste a farm-fresh treat, make a wool craft and play farm games. (restricted to kids between two and nine)
Is your child on spring break? Have a little one with a free morning? If so, Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista invites you to come celebrate spring and new life on the farm today. Kids can meet farm animals and their babies, get their hands dirty, taste a farm-fresh treat, make a wool craft and play farm games. This morning's "Spring into Farming" is restricted to kids between two and nine. Farm-raised concessions are available for an additional fee. More courtesy of the Three Rivers Park District: Learn about the wonders of the farm! Explore the barn to meet the farm animals and assist a Gale Woods farmer with chores. Stop in the classrooms for farm crafts, cooking and farm games. Activities are a mix of independent exploration and educator-…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Did you know there are hidden treasures (caches) at local parks?
Whether you go solo or as a family, geocaching is one way to get outdoors at local parks – and find a small prize at the end. The treasure hunt is initiated when an individual hides a cache—normally a waterproof container with small items inside—and records its location with a GPS unit, according to Three Rivers Park District. The coordinates are then entered on a geocaching website, such as those shared by Minnesota Geocaching Association website. The Three Rivers Park District website states parks with caches include Baker Park Reserve, North Mississippi Regional Park, Bryant Lake Regional Park, Gale Woods Farm, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Fish Lake …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The free or low-cost events are scheduled April 7-13, 2013.
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Saturday, March 30
The following information was provided by Three Rivers Park District. Free Family Fun Day: Bees, Beetles and Pollination Sunday, April 7, from 1-3 p.m., at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Brooklyn Center. Take apart real flowers, observe pollinators under a microscope, play a bee game and see a presentation on pollination at 1, 2 and 2:30 p.m. This program is free and open to all ages. Raptors in the Yard Sunday, April 7, from 3-4 p.m., at Richardson Nature Center, in Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. See live birds of prey, learn their survival strategies, and find out why they live in captivity. Cameras welcome. Drop in anytime. This program is free and open to all ages. Creature Feature: Turtles …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
"The sap finally started flowing today, and it looks like we’ll be boiling sap and tending to new lambs at the same time."
Spring has been a long time in coming this year, but she always arrives no matter how late she is for the dance. The sap finally started flowing today, and it looks like we’ll be boiling sap and tending to new lambs at the same time. Click here for more about syruping this season. I try to avoid this by waiting to put the rams in with the ewes until December and thereby ensuring lambing doesn’t begin until April 1, when sap season is usually ending. Not this year! The good news is that the late snow cover and frozen ground may actually result in a couple weeks of thawing days and freezing nights. That would mean a good sap flow, which would make up for last year’s dismal syrup production. It’s all going to happen fast, so don’t blink or …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
‘Spring is a busy, exciting time at Three Rivers,’ Board Chairman John Gunyou says.
Editor’s Note: The following guest column comes from John Gunyou, chairman of the Three Rivers Park District Board. With ice-out in the pond behind our home, it appears that spring has finally arrived this year. Opinions vary about the sure signs of spring. For some, it’s the return of bird songs to greet the dawn. For my wife Kim, the transition has something to do with clothing colors and fabrics; a seasonal rite I have never fully grasped. For me, the sure sign of spring is when the snow pile meringues give up their hidden treasures. I have lately been finding all sorts of surprises in my yard, and not just the early crocuses. I am discovering tools I forgot I ever owned. I’m not sure what it is about spring that prompts such a …
Steven Antolak, of Brooklyn Park, was appointed by the Hennepin County Board.
Tuesday, March 26
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from the Three Rivers Park District. The Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners officially welcomed its newest member, Steven Antolak, at the regular Board meeting on March 21. Antolak, who lives in Brooklyn Park, was appointed by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners to the open position on the Three Rivers Board. Antolak operates his own law practice, concentrating on court hearings, lawsuits and litigation for small businesses and their owners. He has served on the District 279 (Osseo Area Schools) School Board and the Intermediate District 287 School Board. Antolak also has served on a number of local commissions and task forces, including the Brooklyn Park Human …