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Fall Fun in Nature Awaits You at North Mississippi Regional Park

Fall Outdoor Programs

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School Release Day Camps for Kids

Register kids ages 6-12 for naturalist-led day camps on no school days throughout the year! Explore outdoors, get messy and learn by doing. Spend days off in nature's classroom while having fun playing in the park at North Mississippi.

MEA Break: Creepy, Crawly Creatures

Wednesday - Friday October 17 - 19, 8am-4pm: If you like the creepy, the crawly and the slimy, then join us for some gross, spooky fun. We'll explore outdoors, play games and make art. Nature is full of freaky things that will make your skin crawl, if you dare to find them. Registration Fee $90.  Activity #87902

Predator-Prey Adventure

Thursday & Friday November 1 -2, 8am-4pm: Find out how animals battle for survival. Learn about food webs and adaptations by looking at skulls, furs and more! Take your knowledge to the trails by searching for animal signs and playing games. Registration Fee $50.  Activity #87903

Day camp is based out of Kroening Interpretive Center. Every day please bring a lunch, snack and water bottle. Dress for the weather and a mess.

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Animal Masquerade Party - Oct 28th  1-3:30pm: Party animals welcome to the animal costume party! Come dressed as your favorite animal to enjoy an afternoon of games, dancing and fun. It may not be so spooky, but you can disguise your identity in natural style by making a leaf mask to complete your costume.  All Ages. Activity #87879

Nature’s Black Friday Fun - November 23 11am-3pm: Ditch the mall crawl and opt outside this year! We’ll have naturalist programming and self-guided nature exploration activities. Hike the park, build a fort, go on a scavenger hunt, play games and more! Activities will be based out of Kroening Interpretive Center.  All Ages. Activity #87899

Nature Nuts Play Group Wednesdays

Come with your little one to play and have fun in nature with other children and parents/guardians. During this four-week series each day will be different, but will have nature themes involving plants, animals, and seasons. Enjoy the fall together! For kids up to age 5 with an adult. Registration Fee $16 (for 4 weeks of classes)

October 24 - November 14 10:45 - 11:45am   Activity #87895

November 28 - December 19 10:45 - 11:45am   Activity #87896

 * * * * * * * * * * Nature Programs * * * * * * * * * * 

Bird Watching

Join us for a morning of bird watching! We’ll hike through prairie, woodland and along the river while keeping our eyes and ears open for our feathered friends. First Saturday Each Month 9-10:30am. Binoculars provided.

Fall Migration - Oct 6th: look for the last of our summertime migratory songbirds. Ages 8 & up. Activity #87876

Mississippi River Flyway - Nov 3rd: Find out more about how and why birds use the Mississippi River to guide them during their roundtrip migration Ages 8 & up. Activity #87875

Saturday Nature Hikes 2-3pm

Fall into Phenology - Oct 13th: Explore the park with a naturalist to learn about phenology, the seasonal happenings of plants and animals. We’ll search for the ever-changing elements of autumn and ways that plants and animals in the park are getting ready for winter. All ages. Activity #87883

Our Park, Past and Present - Nov 10th: The mighty Mississippi influences how we live, work and play as it runs through the heart of our city. Hike with a naturalist to learn more about how the land on the banks of the river has changed over time. Find out how human use and attitudes towards the river have changed through the years. Ages 10 & up. Activity #87884

Family Funday Sundays

Animal Masquerade Party - Oct 28th 1-3:30pm: Party animals welcome to the animal costume party! Come dressed as your favorite animal to enjoy an afternoon of games, dancing and fun. It may not be so spooky, but you can disguise your identity in natural style by making a leaf mask to complete your costume.  All Ages. Activity #87879

Turkey Time -  Nov. 25th  1:30-3pm: Get ready for goofy gobbles as we discover more about turkeys! Play games and have fun investigating feathers, tail fans, snoods and feet to learn more about these big birds.  FREE for All Ages. Activity#87880

Outdoor Exploration & Nature Art

Soil Critters - Oct 20th 1-2pm: Who lives beneath our feet in the dark mysterious world of soil? What are the benefits and challenges to living underground? Prepare to get dirty as we explore the creatures below the surface. Ages 6 & up. Activity #87887

Cornucopias - Nov 17th 1:30-2:30pm: As a symbol of the harvest’s bounty, cornucopias are a great reminder to show thanks for the bounties in our own lives. Craft your own “horn of plenty” for your dining table this year using natural materials found in the park.  All ages. Activity #87890

Public programs are FREE for all ages - Unless otherwise noted. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Thursday Neighborhood Nights 5:00-7:00pm

Each week spend an evening at your neighborhood nature center! Every week enjoy a bonfire, campfire cooking and nature activities. Develop your wilderness skills, play games or simply relax around the fire with a tasty treat. Thursday nights, come hang out in our backyard! Through the end of October.

More Ways to Enjoy the Park

- Stop by the front desk at the Kroening Interpretive Center to check out binoculars, nature activity packs and 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

Fall Building Hours
9am-5pm, Tuesday & Thursday
10am-5pm, Wednesday & Friday
10am-4pm Saturday
12pm-4pm Sunday
Closed Mondays
Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Phone: 612-370-4844
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