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Summer at North Mississippi Regional Park

Via a June 2 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board:

Summer Kickoff Event Saturday June 23rd 1-4pm

Start the summer off with an afternoon of outdoor fun for the whole family! Explore the park to play games, meet an animal, go on a scavenger hunt, visit the Discovery Den and Pop-up Library, get your face painted and play with water. Activity #83870

Then at sunset enjoy watching the movie Moana in the park!

Summer Day Camp for Kids - Monday through Friday 8am-4pm all Summer!

Register kids ages 6-12 for week long, naturalist-led summer camps. Explore outdoors, get messy and learn by doing. Spend a summer of fun playing in the park at North Mississippi. Registration Fees: Full Day $150. Half Day (am or pm) $80.

June 11-15th  Nature Engineering   Full #83977   AM #83992    PM #83993

June 18-22nd  Backyard Camping   Full #83908   AM #83995    PM #83996

June 25-29th   Insectopia                 Full #83911   AM #83999    PM #84001

July 9-13th      Slither and Slime      Full #83976   AM #84013    PM #84002

July 16-20th    Ninjas of Nature       Full #83907   AM #84044    PM #84014

July 23-27th    Prairie Power           Full #83980   AM #84049    PM #84048

July 30-3rd      River Romp             Full #85694   AM #84055     PM #84052

Aug 6-10th      Avian Adventures    Full #83912   AM #84063     PM #84058

Aug 13-17th    Underground Explorers   Full #85693   AM #84069   PM #84067

Aug 20-24th    Neighborhood Nature    Full #83979    AM #84083    PM #84075

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. Afternoon sessions will spend time at the splash pad.

Summer Programs

Early Birding

First Saturday Each Month 9-10:30am. 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. Binoculars provided.

July 7th  Activity #83867  Aug 4th  Activity #83868

Thursday Neighborhood Nights 6:30-8:30pm

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. Thursdays nights, come hang out in our backyard!

Beginning June 14th Activity #84215 until August 30th Activity #84227

Saturday Nature Hikes

Minnesota Trees: June 12th 1-2pm. Use a dichotomous key to try identifying trees by comparing different features while on a hike through the park. Learn more about the species you find and how trees support the habitats they live in. Activity #81546

Prairie Flowers: July 28th 2:30-3:30pm. Discover the adaptations prairie species have developed to be successful in a grassland and what makes this ecosystem so diverse.  Activity #83873

Migratory Birds: August 18th 2:30-3:30pm. Minnesota hosts a number of summer bird visitors. Why do some birds travel such long distances to spend just a few short months here? Find out while hiking the park with a naturalist in search of migratory birds. Binoculars provided. Activity #83874

Family Funday Sundays

Summer Arts and Animals: June 17th 1-3pm. Come learn about our neighborhood native species. Meet a MN animal up-close, and then let nature inspire your creation of summer themed art work to take home. Activity #83864

Underwater World: July 15th 6:30-8pm. Discover the dynamic ecosystem of water habitats! We’ll get our hands wet and use nets to take a closer look at what’s living in, on and around the water. Activity #83865

Dragonfly Snag & Spy Event: August 12th 1-4pm. Come celebrate the wonders of dragonflies with an afternoon full of activities, art and games. Participate in dragonfly monitoring efforts, go on a prairie hike with a naturalist, and find out how you can help support dragonflies. Activity #83866

Outdoors & Nature Art

Nature Tie Dye: June 30th 2:30-3:30pm. Make a lasting impression with nature. Create designs and patterns using natural found objects to decorate fabric. White bandanna provided to dye and take home. $5  Activity #83869

Pollinators in the Prairie: July 21st 1-2pm. Join a naturalist on a hike through the prairie to look for pollinators. Learn about pollination and then observe and catch insect pollinators in action.  Activity #83871

Urban Wildlife: August 25th 3-4pm. You don’t need to leave the city to see wildlife, it is right here in our neighborhood. Explore the park with a naturalist to find out more about the creatures living alongside us every day. Activity #83872

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

Nature Nuts Play Group Fridays

Come with your little one to play and have fun in nature with other children and parents/guardians. Each day is different, but will have nature themes about animals, plants, and seasons. Enjoy the outdoors together all summer! Ages: For kids 5 and under with an adult.

This is an Adult/Child interactive program. Registration Fee $15

Spring weather is always changing! Wear clothes and shoes for playing outside.

June 6th - June 27th  10:30 - 11:30am   Activity #83877

July 11th - Aug 1st  10:30 - 11:30am   Activity #83880

Aug 8th - 29th  10:30 - 11:30am   Activity #83882

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