Nighttime events

Campfire at a Minnesota state park

Sure, you could just go to sleep at night, but when you're out in a Minnesota state park there's so much more to do after dark!

Lots of parks schedule special events after dusk, so you can learn about moths, bats, owls and other nocturnal critters, take a moonlight walk or paddle, or just relax with music and storytelling around a campfire.

Find a program below, or if you're looking for a stargazing program with telescopes, check out a Universe in the Parks program.


Events Calendar

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05/07/16 - 10/01/16

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

05/13/16

St. Croix State Park

Birds of the Night Hike

05/21/16

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Woźupi-wi Walk

05/28/16

William O'Brien State Park

Starlight, Starbright!

05/28/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Invasive Species Spotlight: Garlic Mustard

05/28/16

St. Croix State Park

Mammal Jam Weekend - Mammals of the Night Hike

05/29/16

Minneopa State Park

Night Hike

06/04/16

Frontenac State Park

Volunteer Day: Garlic Mustard Pull

06/04/16

Interstate State Park

Tigers of the Night Sky Evening Program

06/09/16

Luce Line State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

06/16/16

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

06/18/16

William O'Brien State Park

Starlight, Starbright!

06/18/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Strawberry Full Moon

06/18/16 - 08/27/16

Lake Carlos State Park

Evening Campfire Nature Programs (Saturdays)

06/23/16

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

06/23/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: "My Endless Childhood" An Evening with a Storyteller

07/01/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Searching Through a Dark Park - Nighttime Geocaching

07/02/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Fireflies! Bright Lights on Dark Nights

07/14/16

Luce Line State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

07/15/16

Sibley State Park

Night Lights: Firefly Watch Night Hike

07/16/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca Wildlife Wonders- Return of the Trumpeter Swan, Evening Talk

07/21/16

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

07/22/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Fireflies! Bright Lights on Dark Nights

07/22/16

Wild River State Park

Full Moon Paddle

07/23/16

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

07/28/16

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

07/28/16

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

07/30/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Fireflies! Bright Lights on Dark Nights

08/11/16

Luce Line State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

08/12/16

Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Night Sky of the Northwoods

08/13/16

Whitewater State Park

Perseid Meteor Shower

08/13/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

The Night Sky

08/13/16

Lake Bronson State Park

125 Night Hike in the Prairie

08/13/16

William O'Brien State Park

125th Parks Anniversary Special Program: Perseid Meteor Shower Party!

08/18/16

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

08/20/16

Whitewater State Park

Night Hike

08/25/16

Gateway State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

09/08/16

Luce Line State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

09/15/16

Brown's Creek State Trail

Thursday Evening Trail Walks

09/16/16

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

Learn About your Night Vision

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