“Explore Your Parks Day”

The Washington County Commissioners invite you to explore your parks Saturday, June 6.

Bike, hike, fish, run, swim, geocache, view wildlife, visit playgrounds and do much more. The vehicle fee is waived this day in all Washington County Parks. Free outdoor recreation demonstrations and nature programming will be offered at park locations county-wide including:

• Big Marine Park Reserve (Picnic Shelter) 3-4:15 p.m.: Turtle Trek led by the Minnesota Herpetological Society and the Washington Conservation District; 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Campfire Program.

• Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Fishing Pier) 9 a.m.-noon: Fishing with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource; 1-2 p.m.: Pond Dipping for Micro Invertebrates.

• Hardwood Creek Regional Trail Green Travel along converted railroad connecting communities of Hugo, Forest Lake and Wyoming.

• Lake Elmo Park Reserve 10 a.m.-noon: Introduction to Archery by A-1 Archery at the archery range; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Bicycle Safety Rodeo hosted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Contact Deputy Matt O’Hara for details at 651-430-7824; 7:15 p.m.: Campfire Program on the Kestrel presented by Warner Nature Center.

• Lake Elmo Nordic Center 10 a.m.- noon: Natural Resources Open House; 12-3 p.m.: Leave No Trace activities and s’mores.

• Washington County Historic Courthouse Guided History and Exhibit Tours.

• Point Douglas Park noon-3 p.m.: Stand-Up Paddleboarding Demonstration.

• Square Lake Park 9-10:15 a.m.: Introduction to Stand-Up Paddleboarding by Brown Dog Paddleboard Co.; registration is required, call 651-430-8370.

• St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Guided Bird Hike; 7:15 p.m. Campfire Program by Wildlife Science Center on Raptors.

• Camping is available at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St Croix Bluffs Regional Park.

For more information and a list of other county events and park locations, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks or call 651-430-8370.

Connect with the parks on Facebook at Washington County Parks | Official; Twitter @WashCtyParks.


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