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

Overview


Saturday evenings at 7:15 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day
, 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 ($7/day or $30/annual). Programs 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  St. Croix Bluffs
May 26 Animals of the St. Croix
by Carpenter Nature Center
Marvelous Mammmals
by Dodge Nature Center
 June 2 Bugs
by Bruce the Bug Guy
Raptors
by Carpenter Nature Center 
 June 9 Barred Owl
by Warner nature Center
Animals of the St. Croix
by Carpenter Nature Center
 June 16 Wolves
by Wildlife Science Center
Chickens, Chickens Everywhere
by Dodge nature Center
 June 23 Reptiles & Amphibians
by Carpenter Nature Center
Trash Your Trash
by Leave no Trace
 June 30 Raptors
by Wildlife Science Cente
Reptiles
by Remarkable Reptiles
 July 7 American Kestrel
by Warner Nature Center
Camping Hacks
by Leave No Trace 
 July 14 Bugs
by Bruce the Bug Guy
Reptiles & Amphibians
by Carpenter Nature Center
 July 21 Reptiles
by Remarkable Reptiles
Wolves
by Wildlife Science Center
 July 28 Eastern Screech Owl
by Warner Nature Center
Our Place in Space
by Dodge Nature Center
 August 4 Raptors
by Carpenter Nature Center 
Bees
by Pollinate Minnesota
 August 11 Camping Hacks
by Leave No Trace
The Crow Knows
by Dodge Nature Center 
 August 18 Bees
by Pollinate Minnesota
Bugs
byBruce the Bug Guy 
*August 25
*starts at 7:00 PM
American Kestrel
by Warner Nature Center
Campfire Stories
by Dwight Wilcox
 *September 1
Starts at 7:00 PM
Campfire Stories
by Dwight Wilcox 
Raptors
by Carpenter Nature Center