Winter Activities Guide

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Winter wildlife

Birding in winter

Minnesota winters provide a stunning backdrop to any wildlife viewing. Stop by a Minnesota state park for some great programs on winter birding and how to identify animal tracks in the snow.

Helpful tips

Suggestions

Red squirrel trackNovember/December - Visit the Weaver Bottoms along the Mississippi River and watch thousands of migrating tundra swans en route to North Carolina and Virginia. From there, head south to Whitewater State Park to check for wintering bald eagles.

January/February - Try reading mammal tracks in the snow. You might find tracks for white-tailed deer, red fox, or coyotes. Open water along rivers provides habitat for Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles.

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Events Calendar

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01/18/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Golden Eagle Field Trip

01/21/17

Lake Maria State Park

Winter Fun Day

01/21/17

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Special Program: The Polar Bear Experience

01/21/17

William O'Brien State Park

Kids Winter Wonderland Program - Animal Tracks!

01/21/17

Afton State Park

Bird Walk at Afton State Park

01/28/17

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

01/28/17

Fort Ridgely State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

01/28/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Snowshoe 101

01/28/17

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

01/29/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Ecology

02/04/17

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/11/17

Fort Ridgely State Park

Animal Tracks Snowshoe Hike

02/11/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Snowshoe 101

02/11/17

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/11/17

Savanna Portage State Park

Wolves at Your Door

02/15/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Owl Calling

02/18/17

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

02/18/17

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe Hike

02/18/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Snowshoe 101

02/18/17

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/18/17

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Snowshoe Adventure

02/25/17

Afton State Park

Animal Tracks in Winter Snowshoe Walk

02/26/17

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

03/15/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Maple Syrup Making

03/18/17

William O'Brien State Park

Those Beautiful Bluebirds!

03/25/17

Hazel Street

Bird watching for Beginners along Brown?s Creek State Trail

04/11/17

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: B is for Blue jays and Birds

04/12/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Waterfowl Watching Field Trip

04/13/17

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/20/17

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/22/17

Afton State Park

We Love Afton State Park!

04/29/17

Wild River State Park

Sounds of Spring Stroll

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.