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Autumn Adventures at North Mississippi Park



Animal Masquerade Party       

Party animals welcome to the animal costume party! Come dressed as your favorite animal to enjoy an afternoon of games, dancing and fun.
Sunday Oct 27 12:30-3pm Activity #97356

Nature's Black Friday Fun

Ditch the mall crawl and opt outside this year! Hike the park, build a fort, go on a scavenger hunt, play games and join in the coloring contest!
Friday November 29 11am-3pm  Activity #97361


Bird Watching

  • Fall Migration  Saturday Oct 5  8:30-10am Activity #97352
    Look for the last of our summertime birds with a naturalist guide
  • Watchful Wednesdays  Every other week 8:30-10:00am

Discover what to look for when identifying birds in the field. Learn about bird behaviors while strolling with a naturalist. Coffee, tea and treats provided.

Oct. 9 #100227

Oct. 23 #100228

Nov. 6 #100229

Nov. 20 #100230

Nature Art & Education

Create a landscape in class or outdoors using Impressionist techniques and shading for depth.

  • Beneficial Bats  Sunday October 13th  6:00-7:30pm  Activity #100240
    Learn about the ecology and behaviors of Minnesota's bats. Explore the habitats and needs of these furry flyers with a naturalist. Build a bat house to take home.
  • Nature Book Club   Every other Sunday 4:30-6:00pm 

Prepare for fun and engaging discussion and a safe place to share insights and opinions. Explore short stories and passages from nature based works.

Oct 6 Activity #100250

Oct 20 Activity #100251

Nov 3 Activity #100252

Nov 17
Activity #100253

Campfire Nights

  • Nature Date Night  Thursday October 24th 6:00-8:00pm  Activity #100235
    Enjoy naturalist-led gourmet campfire cooking and create wildflower seed paper to bring home.
  • Campfire Mingle  Thursday November 7th  6:00-8:00pm  Activity #100238
    Bring some friends and meet some new ones at an evening of food and nature around an autumn bonfire. Enjoy naturalist-led gourmet campfire cooking, group games, and a senses-exploring night hike.


  • Mississippi River
    Hike with a naturalist to discover how human use and attitudes towards the river have changed alongside the shifting riverbanks over time.

Oct. 26 2-3:30pm Activity #100239

Nov. 9 10:30-11:30am Activity #97349

  • Trail Trekkers  1st Saturdays  10:00-11:00am

Search for nature’s treasures during this program for adults with developmental disabilities. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to examine high up in the trees or down low under logs.

Oct 5 Activity #100217

Nov 2 Activity #100218

  • Phenology Hike Club  Every other Tuesday

Get outside for a walk in the park to observe and track the seasonal happenings of nature then gather and submit citizen science data with a naturalist guide. Socialize, exercise and contribute to the study of Phenology.



Oct 8 Activity #100243

Oct 22 
Activity #100244

Nov 5 Activity #100245

Nov 19 Activity #100246


Early Childhood

  • Nature Play Group  4 Wednesdays 10:15-11:15am
    Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature and socializing with peers! Bring your little one to play and have fun outside with other children and parents/guardians. For kids up to age 5 with an adult

Oct 23-Nov 13 Activity #100211

Nov 27-Dec 18 Activity #100212

  • Nature Tots  2nd & last Sundays 3:00-4:00pm

October 13 Grasshoppers & Crickets
Activity #100264

October 27
Gone Batty
Activity #100265

November 10
Floating & Flying Ducks
Activity #100266

Home School Days

Discover tree life cycles, hike through the woods to search out different types of trees, and observe some of the vital roles they play within a woodland habitat.

  • Decomposer Exposure   Thursday Nov. 14th 1-3pm  Activity #100223
    Discover the importance of nature’s recyclers. Prepare to get dirty as we explore the decomposition process and the living things that make it all possible

Nature Art & Exploration

  • Family Trail Trekkers      1st Saturdays  11:15-12:15pm

Search for nature’s treasures during this program for families that have children with disabilities. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to examine high up in the trees or down low under logs.

Oct 5 Activity #100214

Nov 2 Activity #100215

  • Senses in the Season    Friday Oct 11 5:30-6:30pm  Activity #100219
    Walk through the park to realign your senses with nature. Reset your mind and body and become grounded in nature while appreciating the nuances of fall.
  • Autumn Arts & Animals   Saturday Oct 12th 1:30-3:30pm  Activity #97350

Let the fall season and autumn animal activities inspire creativity! Meet our live education animals up-close and create nature themed art work to take home.

  • Incredible Insects   Saturday Oct. 19th  2:00-3:30pm  Activity #97351

Find out what makes an insect different from other creepy crawlies. Then, try your hand at catching insects while on a bug hunt in the park with a naturalist.

Learn to spot the signs of local animal activity by examining the clues they leave behind. Test your skills outside by searching for animal signs in the park.

Craft your own “horn of plenty” for your dining table this year using natural materials found in the park.

School Release Days for Kids

Explore outdoors, get messy and learn by doing! 8am-4pm for ages 6-12

Creepy Crawly Creatures

Wednesday-Friday October 16-18   Activity #97354

If you like the creepy, the crawly and the slimy, then join us for gross, spooky fun. Nature is full of freaky things that will make your skin crawl, if you dare to find them.
Registration Fee $90.

Nature Explorers

Friday November 1  Activity #97357

Develop your skills as a nature explorer as we build shelters, follow animal signs through woods, prairie and riverfront and use tools to take a closer look at wildlife.
Registration Fee $25.

More Ways to Enjoy the Park

- Stop by the front desk to check out binoculars, outdoor explore packs & nature guides.
- Talk with a naturalist to meet and learn about our education animals.
- Celebrate your birthday with us!

Like North Mississippi on Facebook to stay in the loop about what’s happening in our park! Learn more about North Mississippi Regional Park at our website.


Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park4900 Mississippi Court

Phone: 612-370-4844  Email:

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