Campfire Programs

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Lake Elmo Park Reserve
1515 Keats Ave N. Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Contact Station: 651-430-8370

St Croix Bluffs Regional Park

10191 St Croix Trail S Hastings, MN 55033
Contact Station: 651-430-8240

Every Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m., join area naturalists at outdoor park amphitheaters for a variety of engaging nature programs. Each program runs 45 minutes and will present live creatures, facts, and/or exhibits for hands-on, family learning. Program topics include animal adaptations, bats, bird banding, bugs, dragonflies, frogs, hawks, owls, snakes, raptors, wolves, and much more!

All campfire programs are FREE to campers and visitors with a vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual). Programs are at the outdoor amphitheater within the park and include a bonfire (when conditions allow). Bench seating and grassy areas are available, however, visitors are more than welcome to bring camp chairs and blankets for comfort.

Camping reservations are available, but not required to attend campfire programs.
Date Lake Elmo Park Reserve Campground Amphitheater St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park Campground Amphitheater
2017 Presenter: Topic: Presenter: Topic
May 27 Bruce the Bug Guy Bugs Dodge Nature Center Talkin' Turkeys
June 3 Leave No Trace Something's Fishy! Remarkable Reptiles Reptiles
June 10 Warner Nature Center Red-Tailed Hawk Carpenter Nature Center Animals of the St. Croix
June 17 Wildlife Science Center Wolves Dodge Nature Center Prairie Predators & Their Prey
June 24 Washington Conservation District Pond Life (Bring shoes to get wet!) Wildlife Science Center Wolves
July 1 Como Zoo A Journey Through Africa Remarkable Reptiles Reptiles
July 8 Wildlife Science Center Raptors Leave No Trace Outdoor Games
July 15 Warner Nature Center Barred Owl Washington Conservation District Prairie Life
July 22 Warner Nature Center Eastern Screech Owl Dodge Nature Center Minnesota's Other Wildlife: Cryptozoology
July 29 Bruce the Bug Guy Bugs Pollinate Minnesota Bees
August 5 Warner Nature Center Red-Tailed Hawk Leave No Trace Fire!
August 12 Warner Nature Center Barred Owl Carpenter Nature Center Raptors
August 19 Carpenter Nature Center Raptors Dodge Nature Center What's the Deal with the Solar Eclipse?
August 26  7p.m. Pollinate Minnesota Bees Bruce the Bug Guy Bugs
September 2 Remarkable Reptiles Reptiles Como Zoo A Journey Through Africa
October 20 MEA Wknd        6 p.m./Nordic Center Dwight Wilcox Storyteller No So Scary Stories
​Free S'mores & Cocoa
October 28
​6 p.m./Nordic Center
Dwight Wilcox
Scary Stories
​Free S'mores & Cocoa