Explore Your Parks Day: Washington County Parks host a variety of free programs, outdoor demonstrations countywide June 4
The Washington County Commissioners invite the public to Explore Your Parks Saturday, June 4.
Bike, hike, fish, run, swim, read, view wildlife, visit playgrounds and do much more. The vehicle fee is waived this day in all Washington County Parks. Free outdoor recreation demonstrations and nature programming will be offered at park locations county-wide including:
- Big Marine Park Reserve: StoryStroll – Discover One Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova, a children’s story displayed page by page along a paved trail at Big Marine Park Reserve. Librarian Sarah Rosten from the Hardwood Creek Library will begin guiding families through this StoryStroll starting at 9:30 a.m.; afterwards the story will be self-guided and remain displayed until 7 p.m.
- Cottage Grove Ravine: StoryStroll – Discover From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, a children’s story displayed page by page along a paved trail at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. Librarian Megan Sockness will begin guiding families through the StoryStroll starting at 9:30 a.m.; afterward, the story will be self-guided and remain displayed until 7 p.m.
- Hardwood Creek Trail: Guided Bike Ride – 9 a.m. to noon with the Ride & Glide Bike and Ski Club. Discover local flora and fauna along the trail. Travel as far as you are able and turn around anytime. Bring your own bike and helmet. The ride departs from the Forest Lake Transit Center every hour. The Hardwood Creek Trail is 9.5 miles of paved trail connecting the communities of Hugo, Forest Lake, and Wyoming.
- Historic Courthouse: Historic Homes Walking Tour – 10 a.m.; Historic Courthouse Tour – 10:45 a.m.; The Thirst for Giggle Water – Prohibition in the St. Croix Valley Vault Exhibit Grand Opening from 5 to 8 p.m.; 6 p.m. in the Courtroom guest speaker Phil Peterson presents “A Glimpse of Prohibition's Northern Moonshine,” local author of the Northern Moon Trilogy. Free book giveaways and signing to follow. Program and samples will be sponsored by Washington County Parks, Joseph Wolf Brewing Company, and Candyland. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Proceeds support the Restoration Fund.
- Lake Elmo Park Reserve: Outdoor Yoga – 9 a.m. on the Nordic Center Grounds, 60-minute class, bring a mat; Archery by A-1 Archery – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at archery range; Pollinator Planting – 1 to 3 p.m.; meet at the Eagle Point Trailhead; Campfire Program – 7:15 p.m. Red-tailed Hawk, presented by Warner Nature Center at outdoor amphitheater in the modern campground.
- Pine Point: Guided Bird Hike – 8:30 a.m., meet at the trailhead kiosk, 60-minute hike on turf trails.
- Point Douglas: Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) Demonstration – noon to 4 p.m. by Prescott Paddle, departs from the canoe launch.
- Square Lake: Water Sport Demonstrations: Stand-Up Paddleboard, Canoe and Kayak – noon to 4 p.m. by Joe’s Sporting Goods, departs near the boat launch.
- St. Croix Bluffs: Campfire Program – 7:15 p.m. Reptiles and Amphibians, presented by Carpenter Nature Center at outdoor amphitheater in the modern campground.
Camping is available at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
For more information and a list of other county events and park locations, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks or call 651-430-8370.
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