Outdoor briefs: April 20-27,2024 – Park Rapids Enterprise

Spring Into Wildflower Photography

Meet the spring ephemerals of Lake Bemidji State Park and learn a few new ways to use your camera to capture their fragile beauty from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. After some classroom time with your DSLR, mirrorless or compact camera, we’ll head out on the trail to make portraits of flowers.

This program is for ages 12 and older and is intended for DSLR, mirrorless and compact cameras. Bring your camera, extra batteries and charger (we’ll be using the cameras in class), and a tripod, if you have one.

Registration is required for this program. Call the park office at 218-308-2328 or email christa.drake@state.mn.us to register.

Volunteer opportunities at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

To RSVP for these events or for more information, contact Janice_Bengtson@fws.gov or call 218-844-1756.

  • Thursday, April 25 – Earth Day Cleanup Day, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Work in teams. There will be litter routes, light trail maintenance and small projects. Wear clothes you can get dirty and sturdy shores. Meet at the Visitor Center. Lunch provided.
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Volunteer Orientation/Training, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for new and seasoned volunteers. Learn about the volunteer program and the unique experiences you’ll have.  Meet at the Discovery Center. Lunch provided. 
  • Wednesday, May 22 – Maintenance Assistant Orientation, 10 a.m. to noon. Tour the shop and learn about this year’s projects and general maintenance needs. Lunch included. Meet at the shop. 
  • Wednesday, June 5 – Wild Wednesday Volunteer Training and Jeffers Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy working with young children? Join the Wild Wednesday team of leaders and assistants. Lunch provided. 

Explore signs of spring at Itasca State Park! It’s Free Park Day on Saturday, April 27 and a great day for a hike. Put on your walking shoes and head down the trail from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a naturalist looking for interesting plants and animals that are starting to make their spring appearance. Trail length will be between 1-2 miles in length. Meet in front Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

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