Campfire Programs

DSC_1977Saturday 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 25 Animals of the St. Croix
by Carpenter Nature Center
Chickens, Chickens, Everywhere
by Dodge Nature Center
 June 1 Barred Owl
by Warner Nature Center
Nature Walk Bracelets
by Washington County Library
 June 8 American Kestrel
by Warner Nature Center
Animals of the St. Croix
by Carpenter Nature Center
 June 15 Bats
by Washington County Library
Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed: Squirrels
by Dodge Nature Center
 June 22 Raptors
by Carpenter Nature Center
Reptiles
by Remarkable Reptiles
 June 29 Bees
by Pollinate Minnesota
Wolves
by Wildlife Science Center
 July 6 Animal Kingdom
by Washington County Library
Campfire Stories
by Dwight Wilcox 
 July 13 Eastern Screech Owl
by Warner Nature Center
Putting Down Roots in the Prairie
by Washington Conservation District
 July 20 Reptiles
by Remarkable Reptiles
Mysteries on the Moon
by Dodge Nature Center
 July 27 Barred Owl
by Warner Nature Center
Raptors
by Carpenter Nature Center
 August 3 Reptiles & Amphibians
by Carpenter Nature Center 
Amazing Monarchs
by Dodge Nature Center
 August 10 Campfire Stories
by Dwight Wilcox
Fly Rod Casting
by Trout Unlimited
 August 17 Animal Scientists
by Washington County Library
Reptiles & Amphibians
by Carpenter Nature Center
*August 24
*starts at 7:00 PM
American Kestrel
by Warner Nature Center
Bees
by Pollinate Minnesota
 *August 31
Starts at 7:00 PM
Raptors
by Carpenter Nature Center
Bugs
by Bruce the Bug Guy