Guided morning bird hikes on tap in Washington County Parks in 2018

A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout Washington County Parks will continue with a hike 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county’s Natural Resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant. 
It is a one-hour guided hike. Meet at the Nordic Center Foyer, with parking at the Nordic Trailhead Lot.
The hikes continue:

  • March 10, Big Marine Park Reserve, meet at the playground;
  • April 7, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, meet at the Hilltop Pavilion;
  • May 26, Pine Point Park, meet at the Trailhead kiosk;
  • June 2, Explore Your Parks Day, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, meet at the playground;
  • July 7, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, meet in the Nordic Center Foyer;
  • Aug. 11, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, meet at the Hilltop Pavilion;
  • Sept. 8, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, meet at the playground;
  • Oct. 13, Pine Point Park, meet at the Trailhead kiosk;
  • Nov. 10, Big Marine Park Reserve, meet at the playground;
  • Dec. 8, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, meet in the Nordic Center Foyer.

For Washington County park locations, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks. Under park locations, find a county map with park contact information; search “guided bird hikes” on the county website for more information.
The hikes will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual) and is open to people of all ages and abilities. ADA accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
For questions, call 651-430-8370 or email at parks@co.washington.mn.us.
For more Washington County Parks programs and events, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks .
Follow Washington County Parks on social media at @WashCountyParks.

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