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State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

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Butterflies Up-Close: Macro Photography

Grab your camera and macro lens for an exclusive-access event in the Arboretum’s butterfly exhibit during non-public hours. Take your close-up photography skills to a new level and work on setup and approach when photographing live subjects. The class is taught by professional photographer and photography educator John Pennoyer. $90 for members, $110 for non-members. Thursdays 9 p.m. Snyder Building, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen; 952.443.1400; arboretum.umn.edu Read more about Butterflies Up-Close: Macro Photography

Excelsior Farmers’ Market

Nothing says summer quite like a farmers’ market with fresh produce and homemade goods. Stroll through the streets of Excelsior, support local farmers and pick up some fresh ingredients for your own meals, from heirloom tomatoes from Ridgeroll Farms to a fresh loaf of bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. This will be the second year in the new location along Water Street. Free. 2 p.m. Downtown Excelsior, Water Street, Excelsior; 763.238.2702; excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com Read more about Excelsior Farmers’ Market

Mornings on the Farm

Gale Woods Farm hosts a family event where you can meet animals, do farm chores and participate in other seasonal activities. Gale Woods is located on Whaletail Lake, making it a picturesque location for your family to spend a warm May morning outside enjoying nature. $5. 9:30 a.m. Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista; 763.694.2001; threeriversparks.org Read more about Mornings on the Farm

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