The first day of spring was just a couple weeks ago and here in Minnesota we know what that means…Snow! Right? Spring in Minnesota is very unpredictable. Last week I watched it snow, rain and be beautifully sunny all within a span of a few hours. The forecast for later this week is more what I love about Minnesota. Temperatures should be in the 70’s! With that impending warm weather it got me thinking about getting the family out of the house to enjoy it. I thought I would share some ideas with you that will get you out and about and enjoying this much-needed respite from good old Minnesota winter.
A visit to a local farm is the ideal spring activity. What a fun place for the little ones to learn! Kids can learn through hands-on activities, roam the farm and who doesn’t love to see all the farm animal babies! Here is a list of some local farms here in Minnesota but keep in mind some won’t be open till Memorial Day!
Red Barn Learning Farm: Lots to learn on the farm!
Gale Woods Farm: A great farm part of Three Rivers Park District
Red Barn Farm: Another Red Barn Farm however this one is catered to adults and kids with a Pizza Night. You had me at Pizza!
Nature walks offer many benefits for Mom, Dad and the kids. Children experience first hand learning during nature walks. Bring a camera to photograph species your children can later identify. Take time to look under rocks for insects. Bring a basic field guide. Your children may be interested in learning about the birds of butterflies they see. Here is a short list of local areas to get out and be one with nature.Three Rivers Park District: Three Rivers Park District was created in 1957. Since then, it has grown to encompass over 27,000 acres of parks and trails and serves over 10 million visitors annually. Visit the site to find a local park or trail near you.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary: It is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States. With over 500 plant species and more than 130 species of resident and migratory birds found in the Wildflower Garden, this delightful public native plant reserve is a true haven for the flora and fauna of our region, as well as for the many people who visit it. It is maintained in a natural rustic state not with defined beds and plantings.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve: Every Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m., join area naturalists at outdoor park amphitheaters for a variety of engaging nature programs. Each program runs 45 minutes and they 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!
What does your family do locally to enjoy the outdoors? We would love to hear!