Experience the beauty of nature throughout Minneapolis parks. Choose from a variety of classes and events, or choose your own adventure.
Nature Education Programs
For preschool aged children.
For school-age children ages 6 to 12.
Adult & Family Programs
Nature Play Group
For children 5 and under WITH their parents/guardians.
Fees and schedules vary by park, but scholarships are always available. Come with your little one to play and have fun in nature with other children and parents/guardians. Each day will be different but will have nature themes including animals, birds, and seasons. This is a Parent/Child interactive activity program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature together.
Come Out and Play
For kids of all ages and their parents/guardians, including babes-in-arms.
Come Out and Play is a free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature. Each month the club leaders pick a new location in a Minneapolis park to explore. The club meets on weekdays and weekends.
Environmental Programs for Adults and Families are also available at:
Participate in annual events that celebrate nature and the environment. Learn about volunteer opportunities.
Earth Day Clean Up
The annual Earth Day Cleanup has become the biggest community service project in the city.
Minneapolis has celebrated Arbor Day for more than a century, reminding the community about the importance of urban forestry, trees and tree care.
Urban Birding Festival
Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome at the Urban Birding Festival. Learn more about birding with a variety of activities and participate in citizen science.
Get Outdoors Day
National Get Outdoors Day encourages healthy, active outdoor fun. Try new activities such as standup paddle boarding, geocaching, birding, mountain biking, and more.
Buzz over to the Pollinator Party, a celebration of the life and work of honey bees and wild bees.
The annual Monarch Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing migration from Minnesota to Mexico and raises awareness of the need to provide and protect monarch habitat.
Walk, Run, Bike
Visit the Gardens
From landscaped gardens to natural wonders, our 12 gardens offer beautiful places to explore nature.
Participate in bee keeping programs to learn about the social structure of honey bees, how they compare to other insects and pollinators, and why honey bees are critical pollinators to 1/3 of everything we eat.
Head out on your own, or join one of our naturalists and other bird enthusiasts to look for birds in Minneapolis parks and waterways.
Cross-country ski 20 miles of groomed trails including open areas with spectacular views of Downtown Minneapolis, to wooded trails overlooking scenic lakes.